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Hitler: The Rise of Evil 

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 »


Complete series cast summary:
 General Erich Ludendorff 2 episodes, 2003
 Hermann Göring 2 episodes, 2003
 Rudolf Hess 2 episodes, 2003
 Sophie Gerlich 2 episodes, 2003
 Blandine Ebinger 2 episodes, 2003
Julie-Ann Hassett ...
 Angela Raubal 2 episodes, 2003
Simon Sullivan ...
 Adolf Hitler (17 yrs) 2 episodes, 2003
 Anton Drexler 2 episodes, 2003
 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 ...
Wolfgang Müller ...
 Gregor Strasser 2 episodes, 2003
Christopher Ettridge ...
 General Kurt von Schleicher 2 episodes, 2003
 Klara Hitler 2 episodes, 2003
 Helene 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)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


Rohm is present at the Bamberg Conference in 1926. However, 'Ernst Rohm' was in Bolivia from 1923 to 1930. See more »


Friedrich Hollaender: Everyone's depressed - bad for the economy but excellent for cabaret. German people don't need democracy, for God's sake, they need music, laughter, someone to tell them what to do so they can get in line and follow.
Ernst Hanfstaengl: Don't tell me you've become a nationalist?
Friedrich Hollaender: I'm a satirist, Ernst. The most dangerous politician of them all. Speaking of humor, I'm going to hear Hitler tomorrow - would you like to come?
Ernst Hanfstaengl: The anti-Semite?
Friedrich Hollaender: The National Socialist anti-Semite. Call them "Nazis" just to piss them off. ...
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Featured in Cinemania: I anodos kai i ptosi tou Nazismou (2008) See more »


Oh How We Wish That We Were Kids
Written by Friedrich Hollaender
Performed by Blandine Ebinger
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Mediocre acting, historical inaccuracy
3 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

The back cover of the DVD (missed this one when it came out) hails Hitler -the Rise Of Evil as "A Triumph" (The New York Post) and "Mesmerizing" (Newsweek).

Well,never mind the Post but really, who ever wrote that word in Newsweek in the same context with this peace of, ahem, art should be sacked.

I don't no where to start with. Why try to paint the picture of Hitler's evil with colors that did not exist? He was evil alright, but now his character is portrayed in way that is often historically inaccurate (compared to his love of animals, the gentle and subdued way he treated women) and so on.

The actors are good, so you must feel sorry for them as they are imprisoned inside their one-dimensional characters. Some kind of curse here with Peter O' Toole: This is the second time in his honorable career when he has ended up playing an old and failed leader in a failed movie (or in this case TV-production, to be accurate). The first one was of course the legendary Galigula.

The list of historically inaccurate scenes alone would fill the 1000 words allowed by IMDb, so I think I'll leave it here.

This one is OK if it's on telly and you don't have anything else to do, but believe me - it's best left on the shelf in your local Virgin store.

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