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The Man who Crossed Hitler (2011)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | History  -  21 August 2011 (UK)
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In November 1930 brown-shirted storm troopers of Hitler's SA break into the Communist Eden Palace club,killing several members. Jewish lawyer Hans Litten prosecutes them and,at the ... See full summary »

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Hans Litten
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Kurt Ohnesorge
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Margot Fürst
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Rudolf Olden
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Max Fürst
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Walther Stennes
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Irmgard Litten
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Robert O'Mahoney ...
Fritz Litten
Alexander Hanson ...
Wilhelm Bruckner (as Alex Hanson)
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Jewish Diner
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Brownshirt (as Chris Simpson)
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Court Courier
Patrick Fitzsymons ...
Communist Official
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In November 1930 brown-shirted storm troopers of Hitler's SA break into the Communist Eden Palace club,killing several members. Jewish lawyer Hans Litten prosecutes them and,at the suggestion of his boss Rudolf Olden,agrees to sub-poena Hitler,who had supposedly renounced violence yet who clearly supported the SA, to discredit him as a popular figure. Against the advice of his assistant Margot Furst Hans prepares his case,even involving Stennes, a rival Nazi to Hitler. At the trial Hans,the practised lawyer,runs rings round Hitler,who is frequently unable to answer his questions. The Brown Shirts are convicted but it is a Pyrrhic victory for two years later Hitler will become chancellor,Hans will be arrested and he will die in Dachau concentration camp. Written by don @ minifie-1

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[outside court, Hitler has just given a speech to the press; Litten now responds]
Hans Litten: That man says we lack belief, that we fritter away our strength by arguing and quarrelling. Well I am full of belief. It is the arguments and the quarrels I believe in. That is what makes a society. I also believe in a law that sets out the ground-rules for those arguments, with no-one - absolutely no-one - beyond its reach. Law is the process whereby a strong man voluntarily imposes restrictions on himself, bound ...
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Impressive telling of an unknown moment in history
14 September 2011 | by (london) – See all my reviews

This was an intensely moving film about an almost unknown moment in history.When Hitler was challenged on his views in court.It just raised so many questions.How did a nation such as Germany think that by allowing this man power that they could tame him.How did they think that they think that they could show him up to be the crazed individual with murderous ambitions in court when the Judge was cowed by the nature of Hitler.All of the performances were impressive and this is a film that deserves constant repetition to show how tyranny can win if you don't stand up and fight.The ending was so poignant.One knew what the end would be as the attorney clearly had his card marked and Hitler was not the sort of man to forget a slight.You just end up wondering how and why it was allowed to happen.


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