Jan is a decent, boring man, living a decent, boring life as a rocket designer. When his adventurous twin brother dies in a breakfast accident, Jan decides to impersonate him, unwittingly becoming a part of a Nazi time travel conspiracy.
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Like most of the other commentators here I saw this film as part of a BBC2 foreign film season in I think the very early 80s. I vaguely remember the next two in the series but this one has stuck in my mind ever since and I would dearly love to see it again. I've lost count of the number of times I've tried to describe it to friends! Twins (one dominated by the other), unrequited love, time travel, all good comedic potential - but add in Hitler and make sure that no element is overplayed and you have something quite unusual. The interplay between the twins in particular is beautifully handled. A touch of Groundhog Day, a touch of Back to the Future, a touch of Blackadder - sheer genius. Do you think that anyone will ever show it on TV again?
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