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)
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 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)
Hana Frejková ...
 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

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 »

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: Either the enemy will pass over our body, or we will pass over theirs!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Etude in E, Op.10 No.3
(Tristesse/Sadness)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
(tune Ernst Hanfstaengl plays on piano at Christmas)
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Excellent history and entertaining too
21 May 2003 | by (Northern California) – See all my reviews

For a series that covers four hours and is constrained to history, this was not only educational but gripping drama too. I disagree with the popular pronouncement that this is some attempt to humanize Hitler. Hitler doesn't need humanizing, he was human and all that is necessary to fear somebody like Hitler is to understand his personal history better. This movie goes a long way towards doing that.

An important point that the series makes is that Hitler was not all there was to Nazi Germany, there was the Nazi party too and the social, historical and cultural forces that brought it into being. All these things are nicely fitted in to the story.

The cast is excellent and the acting is not bad for television and especially good for the characters we see. The cinematography -- or videography -- is excellent and little was spared to create an authentic sense of place. Costumes especially were thoughtful and well crafted.

Nazi Germany is one of those periods of history that will always have some corner that will make a good movie or good television and I hope this will not be the last.


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