A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National German Workers' Party prior to World War II.
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »
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 Ernst Röhm (2 episodes, 2003)
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 General Erich Ludendorff (2 episodes, 2003)
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 President Paul von Hindenburg (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Eva Braun (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Gustav von Kahr (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Dr. Joseph Goebbels (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Hermann Göring (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Rudolf Hess (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Sophie Gerlich (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Friedrich Hollaender (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Blandine Ebinger (2 episodes, 2003)
Julie-Ann Hassett ...
 Angela Raubal (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Adolf Hitler (10 yrs) (2 episodes, 2003)
Simon Sullivan ...
 Adolf Hitler (17 yrs) (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Anton Drexler (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Alois Hitler (2 episodes, 2003)
Filip Hes ...
 Egon Hanfstaengl (2 episodes, 2003)
Brendan Hughes ...
 Lieutenant Guffman (2 episodes, 2003)
Howard Lotker ...
 Hans (soldier) (2 episodes, 2003)
Robert Russell ...
 Franz von Papen (2 episodes, 2003)
David Fisher ...
 Georg Bell (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Frieda (2 episodes, 2003)
Wolfgang Müller ...
 Gregor Strasser (2 episodes, 2003)
Christopher Ettridge ...
 General Kurt von Schleicher (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Adolf Hitler (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Klara Hitler (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Geli Raubal (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Helene Hanfstaengl (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Fritz Gerlich (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Ernst Hanfstaengl (2 episodes, 2003)
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The movie describes the life of Adolf Hitler from childhood to manhood, and how he became so powerful. It describes his poor childhood in Austria, it describes the first world war from his point of view, and how he became the strongest man in Germany. The movie show us how Hitler turned from a poor soldier into the leader of the Nazis, and how he survived the attempts to kill him. It describes his relationship with his mistress Eva Braun, and his decisions and enemies inside Germany and inside the Nazi party. Written by rsilberman

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"The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke


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18 May 2003 (USA)  »

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Hitler - Aufstieg des Bösen  »

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Trivia

Geli's lines when she is smoking with the driver, just after being told her uncle is "a good man", ("he's a monster... you can't imagine what he asks of me") are Geli Raubal's actual words, taken directly from her journal. Allegedly, Hitler drew a series of pornographic sketches of her, entitled "Miss Raubel in close-ups and angles to which any professional model would decline posing for." See more »

Goofs

When Ernst Hanfstaengl listens to Adolf Hitler speak the first time you can briefly see a Swastika flag behind Hitler in one shot. It is not until later that Hitler comes up with the swastika symbol and introduces it at Hanfstaengl's dinner party. See more »

Quotes

Adolf Hitler: If a thief takes your money and you take it back, does that make you also a thief?
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Connections

Featured in Cinemania: I anodos kai i ptosi tou Nazismou (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Habanera
(from Carmen)
Music by Georges Bizet
Used as the music for the "Blame the Jews" song
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Very entertaining, but historically incorrect
29 December 2003 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

No wonder that the historian Ian Kershaw, author of the groundbreaking Hitler biography, who originally was the scientific consultant for this TV film, dissociated himself from it. The film is historically just too incorrect. The mistakes start right away when Hitler`s father Alois dies at home, while in reality he died in a pub. In the film, Hitler moves from Vienna to Munich in 1914, while in reality he actually moved to Munich in 1913. I could go on endlessly. Hitler`s childhood and youth are portrayed way too short, which makes it quite difficult for historically uninformed people to understand the character of this frustrated neurotic man. Important persons of the early time of the party, like Hitler`s fatherly friend Dietrich Eckart or the party "philosopher" Alfred Rosenberg are totally missing. The characterization of Ernst Hanfstaengl is very problematic. In the film he is portrayed as a noble character who almost despises Hitler. The script obviously follows Hanfstaengl`s own gloss over view of himself which he gave in his biography after the war. In fact, Hanfstaengl was an anti-semite and was crazy about his "Fuehrer". But the biggest problem of the film is the portrayal of Hitler himself. He is characterized as someone who is constantly unfriendly,has neither charisma nor charm and constantly orders everybody around. After watching the film, one wonders, how such a disgusting person ever was able to get any followers. Since we all know, what an evil criminal Hitler was, naturally every scriptwriter is tempted to portray Hitler as totally disgusting and uncharismatic. But facts is, that in private he could be quite charming and entertaining. His comrades didn`t follow him because he constantly yelled at them, but because they liked this strange man. Beyond all those historical mistakes, the film is well made, the actors are first class, the location shots and the production design give a believable impression of the era.


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