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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Complete series cast summary:
 Ernst Röhm (2 episodes, 2003)
 General Erich Ludendorff (2 episodes, 2003)
 President Paul von Hindenburg (2 episodes, 2003)
 Eva Braun (2 episodes, 2003)
Terence Harvey ...
 Gustav von Kahr (2 episodes, 2003)
 Dr. Joseph Goebbels (2 episodes, 2003)
 Hermann Göring (2 episodes, 2003)
 Rudolf Hess (2 episodes, 2003)
 Sophie Gerlich (2 episodes, 2003)
 Friedrich Hollaender (2 episodes, 2003)
 Blandine Ebinger (2 episodes, 2003)
Julie-Ann Hassett ...
 Angela Raubal (2 episodes, 2003)
 Adolf Hitler (10 yrs) (2 episodes, 2003)
Simon Sullivan ...
 Adolf Hitler (17 yrs) (2 episodes, 2003)
 Anton Drexler (2 episodes, 2003)
 Alois Hitler (2 episodes, 2003)
Filip Hess ...
 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)
Hana Frejková ...
 Frieda (2 episodes, 2003)
Wolfgang Müller ...
 Gregor Strasser (2 episodes, 2003)
Christopher Ettridge ...
 General Kurt von Schleicher (2 episodes, 2003)
 Adolf Hitler (2 episodes, 2003)
 Klara Hitler (2 episodes, 2003)
 Geli Raubal (2 episodes, 2003)
 Helene Hanfstaengl (2 episodes, 2003)
 Fritz Gerlich (2 episodes, 2003)
 Ernst Hanfstaengl (2 episodes, 2003)


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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Did You Know?


In March 2003 while shooting the scenes in Prague on Wenceslas Square, near the National Museum, the movie crew had to put some vehicles in the background to hide candles and flowers laid on a pavement in commemoration of Zdenek Adamec, who committed suicide by self-immolation as a political protest several days before the shooting had begun. Exactly in the same place, exactly in the same way and exactly with the same purpose Jan Palach put the end to his life 34 years earlier. See more »


The flag with the swastika in a white circle on a field of red was not in use in the early days. The emblem combining the swastika with the German eagle seen on a lectern was not used until the Nazis were in power. See more »


Adolf Hitler: The SA are to be bridled, Ernst. They may sing, march, carry flags, but they are to keep calm unless I say otherwise.
Ernst Röhm: We're not a Sunday shooting club, Adolf. We're a militia.
Adolf Hitler: Not anymore. My personal security will now be handled by the SS. Your men give off the wrong impression.
Ernst Röhm: I don't give a damn about impressions, but without the SA, without us, our loyalty...
Adolf Hitler: The wheels of history have turned! The plan has changed.
Ernst Röhm: Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.
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Featured in Cinemania: I anodos kai i ptosi tou Nazismou (2008) See more »


Written by Friedrich Hollaender and Walter Mehring
Performed by Blandine Ebinger
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22 November 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

The best bits in this are the convincing recreations of the look of the Reichstag and other places associated with the rise of Hitler. It may involve CGI, but this is CGI that works (unlike in many much more expensive productions).

The script is ropey. Especially in the early stages the characters lecture each other with historical information they would all already know, for the benefit of viewers - a classic mistake. Later we have Hindenburg talking about defending democracy. Hindenburg was not a democrat. He believed it was his duty to serve the state and to uphold its constitution.

Many have noted that Robert Carlyle's ranting Hitler would never have come to power. He'd have been certified. Why the makers of this went for this one-dimensional treatment is a mystery.

The film suggests that the Nazis could provoke an election just by walking out of the Reichstag chamber - an over-simplification to say the least.

The scenes with the newspaper man do not ring true at all, and are an embarrassment.

It all gets very rushed once Hitler becomes chancellor. The key election after the Reichstag fire is omitted. There is no mention of the Communists and Social Democrats who were missing from the session which passed the enabling law in an atmosphere of fear. The Night of the Long Knives appears to come immediately after this, although it took place 15 months later. It's a hopeless jumble.

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