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Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)

TV Mini-Series  |   |  Biography, Drama, History
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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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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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The producers originally wanted Ewan McGregor to play Adolf Hitler. See more »


When the maid comes down the stairs reading from the newspaper, Helene Hanfstaengl approaches her and starts a discussion about the article. When Helene leaves the room, there is a tape mark on the floor where she stood. See more »


President Paul von Hindenburg: [upon ceremony of Hitler's Chancellorship] Do you solemnly swear to carry out the obligations of the office of Chancellor without Party interests and for the good of the nation?
Adolf Hitler: I do.
President Paul von Hindenburg: And do you further swear to uphold the Constitution, support the President and respect the right of the Reichstag, so help you God?
Adolf Hitler: I do.
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Featured in Cinemania: I anodos kai i ptosi tou Nazismou (2008) See more »


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14 October 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

I watched this hoping to find out something I didn`t know about modern history`s most infamous man and couldn`t help thinking that history has been rewritten in HITLER:THE RISE OF EVIL . Hitler was so obsessed with his niece that he threatened to have one of her admirer`s shot . Hitler turned up with a gun in his hand to arrest Ernst Rohm . Forgive me for asking but haven`t the writers confused Adolph Hitler with Tony Montana from SCARFACE ? That`s bad enough but what really offended me was that there`s entire chunks of historical context missing in this mini series . Germany lost the first world war and the allied powers made Germany pay a heavy price for doing so. It was this economic environment that led the German people to have someone - anyone - to restore their pride and that`s why they turned to Nazism . The German humiliation of the 1920s caused by the allied powers seems to be entirely missing therefore there is no way that HITLER:THE RISE OF EVIL can be taken seriously as a historical document, and I haven`t even mentioned that Himmler and Goering are conspicous by their absence

There is one positive point about the mini series and that`s Robert Carlyle in the title role . Okay some of his mannerisms are wrong and his voice is a little too loud ( Archive recordings show that Hitler had a soft seductive voice ) but Carlyle is a charismatic actor and he does manage to communicate Hitler`s own charisma on screen . Comments in the British press that Carlyle resembles the synth player from Sparks more than Adolph Hitler are unfounded and he gives one of the better interpretations of Hitler.

I liked the performance by Robert Carlyle but I hated everything else about this mini series and wondered why on earth it was made in the first place . There`s nothing to recommend it to serious history fans

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