Around 1960, a tiny neo-Nazi organization struggles pathetically to succeed in a big city. A mysterious figure begins to ruthlessly guide a young, insecure U.S. Nazi leader, and the group begins to draw more attention.
Peter Vollmer is the leader of a small neo-Nazi movement in a large American city. He's having trouble getting his message across and seems to alienate people every time he opens his mouth. After a particularly bad rally, he hears a voice and sees a man standing in the shadows. He begins to advise Peter on what to say and how he can structure his message to make it more appealing to his particular audience. Peter has success but his mentor begins pushing him to extremes. There is a limit however and there is a voice of reason in the mob that seemed so willing to follow him. Written by
This aired the same day as Gov. George Wallace's (Alabama) "Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" speech. See more »
In the opening scene, Peter Vollmer is hit with a tomato or
other vegetable in the face which splatters along the left side of his head, hair, neck and left shoulder part of his shirt. He has no residue at all on any of those areas after he briefly fights with the heckler immediately after getting hit by the vegetable. Shortly later, when he returns home after the brief fight, the opposite side of his shirt (the right side which did not get splattered) has several spots evenly spread over that side...more spots than he could have gotten by falling in the street during his brief fight. See more »
Dennis Hopper stars as a young Nazi named Peter Vollmer, who stages small rallies in an American city with little success. One day, a mysterious benefactor decides to back Peter with his encouragement and money, and before he knows it, Vollmer is packing in the halls where he gives his stirring speeches, but his long-time involvement with an elderly Jewish man forces this benefactor to tell Peter to either kill the old man, or else he'll come out from the shadows and take over... Well-intentioned but too heavy-handed drama has some good dramatic points but Hopper is unconvincing, motivations muddled, and ultimate reveal too predictable. "He" could only be one person...
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