The Nuremberg trials, 1946 Goering and the Nazi high command stand trial. Within the prison a dangerous mind game is being conducted by Goering and the prison guards who stand watch over the perpetrators of the Holocaust.
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Following the defeat of Germany in WWII, the Allies determine that there must be an accounting of German war crimes. Twenty-four Nazis, representative of all sections of military and civilian life are chosen to stand trial for the crimes of conspiracy to commit aggression, commission of aggression, crimes during war and crimes against humanity. The preparations for the trial, the trial itself and its aftermath are shown through the eyes of Chief Prosecutor Robert Jackson and through the eyes of Reichsmarshal Hermann Goering, the ranking Nazi defendant. Written by
Jason A. Cormier
Most of the actors playing the defendants are Canadian, the country where the miniseries was filmed. Herbert Knaup, who plays Albert Speer, is one of the few actual Germans in the cast. See more »
Many of the military courtroom guards are members of the U.S. First Infantry Division, as shown by their shoulder patches. They wear solid red shoulder cords (called fourrageres), which are apparently supposed to represent the French Croix-de-Guerre award won by the division during World War II. However, the red fourragere represent the Légion d'honneur, the 1st and 2nd US divisions were awarded the gold Fourragère aux couleurs du ruban de la médaille militaire. See more »
Overall, Great Mini-Series, However, Not enough air-time for the defendants
I have read a few books on the Nuremberg trials, as well as books on The Third Reich in general. Though the portrayals of the defendants were fairly accurate, they were not given the appropriate amount of air-time.I mean, without the defendants, there wouldn't have been a trial. Here's the top 10 things that should have been added (and especially subtracted from the movie.)
10) Should have emphasized the alliances between the defendants. Speer wasn't the only one to stand up to Goering. Von Schirach, Funk, and Fritzsche were all against Goering.
9) Give Defendent #2 Rudolf Hess more that four words.
8) Clarifiy why Hess goes crazy at the end.
7) Make sure the audience knows that Speer's penitence could be him saving his hide.
6) Emphasize that Franks conversion was due to him finding God.
5) Talk about the defendants personal lives, try to explain why they would commit these atrocities.
4) Tell what happened to the defendants who were acquitted or had their sentences carried out at Spandau.
3) They should of had the story include Von Schirach and Von Neurath, the youngest and the oldest defendants, so they would have more of a age perspective to the story.
2)All of the Defendants positions should have been named at least once.
1) The Jackson/Secretary affair probably took at'least a half an hour out of the mini-series, Which could have been dedicated to, I don't know, making sure the audience at least knows the defendant's's names. Besides, I don't now one person who saw that movie who actually liked the couple.
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