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The 25th Reich (2012)

In 1943, five US soldiers are recruited by the OSS for a time travel mission to save the world from the tyranny of Hitler's 25th Reich.

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Jim Knobeloch ...
Captain Donald O'Brian
Serge De Nardo ...
Sergeant Carl Weaver
Angelo Salamanca ...
Rifleman Roberto Barelli
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Corporal Haywood Updike
Dan Balcaban ...
Private Eli Ishbak
Lisa-Skye Goodes ...
Annunaki (voice)
Chris Goodes ...
Annunaki 2 (voice)
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Introducing a crazy new genre mash-up from Australian director, Stephen Amis. A WWII sci-fi adventure - full of time-travel, duplicitous Nazi robots, faulty spaceships and giant mega-fauna... Based on the classic novella, 50,000 Years Until Tomorrow by J.J. Solomon, and with a screenplay penned by Amis, David Richardson and Serge DeNardo, the movie is a homage to sci-fi and WWII movies of the 1940's and 50's. Written by Anonymous

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05 Men; 25 Dimensions; 01 Reality!


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10 May 2012 (Australia)  »

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A 25. birodalom  »

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The director's cut of The 25th Reich features the spoof ending: "To be Continued in The 25th Reich and The War with God" - a homage to 1930's and 40's serial cliffhanger finales. For the U.K. release, the distributors deleted this ending. See more »

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Rifleman Roberto Barelli: Growin' up in Brooklyn, I seen a lot of ugly things... Protestants thumpin' Catholics, Catholics thumpin' Jews... Everyone runnin' their own stinkin' racket... Jeez, talk about organized religion.
Corporal Haywood Updike: What the hell kind of tune are you playin'?
Rifleman Roberto Barelli: I'm playin' Yankee Doodle Dandy. I'm playin' The Star Spangled Banner. And if we don't all start singin' from the same song book, then those Nazi bastards will have us singin' Lili Marleen.
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The things you find in the Australian outback!
16 April 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I went to a preview screening of The 25th Reich at ACMI in Melbourne with a friend. Afterwards, he described it as the 'singularly most outrageous film he'd ever seen'. I wouldn't quite go that far, but there's no denying 25th Reich is out there in a space all of its own. Based on a pulp novel called 50,000 Years Until Tomorrow, Reich finds a squad of American GI's based in Australia during the Second World War on a mission to catch or kill some escaped pumas who have fled into the bush (this bit, I believe, is based on something of a true story). The five man squad trek into the stunning wilderness, carrying a strange radio device designed to send out signals to attract the pumas... and then things start to go a bit weird...

I won't detail any of the plot turns from here, but suffice it to say we are served up time travel, rampaging giant mosquitoes, infighting amongst the men, aliens, a crashed UFO and giant Nazi robot spiders! This film is a genuine oddity and a rarity for Australian cinema, which is only cautiously embracing genre after decades of playing things fairly safe. It's obviously been done on a low budget, but what it lacks in Transformers style high-tech mayhem it more than makes up for with verve and wacky ideas. The cast do a fine job of playing characters that initially seem to be stereotyped WW2 GI's, but gradually take on individual shadings, and the retro visual style is highly reminiscent of 50's Technicolor sci-fi movies. The dialogue (presumably lifted from the novel) is laced with period lingo and the actors pull it off without a hitch. The film has a slow build (which might bother ADD types who itch to check their iphone every ten seconds) and the real lunacy happens in the last third, but its an engaging and fun ride all the way through. There is one standout scene that had my jaw dropping open with stunned disbelief, but I won't say anymore (although I think it's still burned into my eyeballs - people will know the scene I'm referring to when they watch the movie). It also ends on something of a 'Republican Serial' style cliffhanger, and I can't even begin to imagine how insane the sequel could be. This film has been likened to the much hyped (and much more expensive) Iron Sky, but there's no real comparison here - 25th Reich is very much its own beast. I really enjoyed this offbeat offering from director Stephen Amis and his team, and hope that it will inspire more indie filmmakers in Australia to think outside the box of kitchen sink dramas and rom-com's. Well worth a look.


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