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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 General Erich Ludendorff 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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 Blandine Ebinger 2 episodes, 2003
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 Angela Raubal 2 episodes, 2003
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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
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 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
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 Gregor Strasser 2 episodes, 2003
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 General Kurt von Schleicher 2 episodes, 2003
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 Klara Hitler 2 episodes, 2003
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 Helene 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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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 »

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When Mrs. Hanfstaengl argues with the housemaid, a yellow position marker is visible on the floor. See more »

Quotes

President Paul von Hindenburg: If I appoint you Chancellor, how will I answer to God?
Adolf Hitler: How will you answer to Germany if you don't?
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Connections

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

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Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral
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Written by Richard Wagner (as Wagner)
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Nobody would have followed *this* Hitler
8 June 2007 | by (Guinea-Bissau) – See all my reviews

Just imagine the real Hitler, who was a master of propaganda and speech, would have been such a mumbling moron as Carlyle portrayed him in this film.

Nobody would have followed him, not even a desperate, unemployed guy in the 1920s.

This is just a Hollywood cardboard piece of propaganda itself, disguised as "true history".

I pity everyone who actually believed anything from this show. Carlyle and the producers didn't get anything right with this.

Why was Hitler able to win so many people, a whole county for his ideas if we was such a sausage? Why did people follow him to death? By portraying him as such a loser they make their own film totally unbelievable. This film is a mixture of old WW2 propaganda and MTV urban myths about one of the most important persons of the last century. Imagine a film about Churchill where the director only shows him as a drunkard for 90 mins.

This film is a disgrace and I wonder how they could talk an actor like Carlyle into this dreck.


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