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Countdown to War (1989)

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Based on a play, the story details the dramatic negotiations between UK, France, Poland, Nazi-Germany and USSR from the day Czechoslovakia fell, until Britain's declaration of war on Germany caused by Hitler's invasion of Poland.

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Based on a play, the story details the dramatic negotiations between UK, France, Poland, Nazi-Germany and USSR from the day Czechoslovakia fell, until Britain's declaration of war on Germany caused by Hitler's invasion of Poland.

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Ian McKellen shines as Hitler
18 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This British ITV production was timed for the fiftieth anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War and is both intelligently scripted and engrossing.

The fine cast of actors is dominated by Ian McKellen's mesmerising Hitler. Many actors have attempted to inhabit the skin of the German dictator but to my mind McKellen's performance is one of the best ever committed to film (or in this case, videotape). It is completely convincing and never lapses into caricature. McKellen possesses the same piercing blue eyes as the Fuhrer which adds to the verisimilitude of his performance.


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