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Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973)

A dramatization based on eye witness accounts of Hitler's final days in an underground bunker, his military henchmen, and his stormy relationship with Eva Braun.

Director:

Ennio De Concini

Writers:

Ivan Moffat (english screenplay adaptation), Gerhardt Boldt (book) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Guinness ... Adolf Hitler
Simon Ward ... Hauptmann Hoffman
Adolfo Celi ... General Krebs
Diane Cilento ... Hanna Reitsch
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Fieldmarshall Keitel
Eric Porter ... General Von Greim
Doris Kunstmann ... Eva Braun
Joss Ackland ... General Burgdorf
John Barron ... Dr. Stumpfegger
John Bennett ... Josef Goebbels
Sheila Gish ... Frau Christian
Julian Glover ... Fegelein
Michael Goodliffe ... General Weidling
John Hallam ... Guensche
Barbara Jefford ... Magda Goebbels
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A dramatization based on eye witness accounts of Hitler's final days in an underground bunker, his military henchmen, and his stormy relationship with Eva Braun.

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On April 29, 1945, in his air-raid bunker in Berlin, Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun. Martin Bormann was the best man. Each of the wedding guests received a silver-framed photograph of the Fuhrer and two cyanide capsules.


Certificate:

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Country:

UK | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adorufu Hitorâ/Saigo no 10-kakan See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

According to fellow actor Sir Peter Ustinov, Sir Alec Guinness was so determined to play Adolf Hitler that when he heard a rumor that Dustin Hoffman was first for the role, he went out and bought a Hitler costume. With a photographer they went to an isolated street in London to take publicity photos of him in costume. Occasional passers-by paid no attention to this, except for one policeman who wandered up to tell the actor that he was parked in a no parking area. The policeman let him off without a ticket as the policeman told him he had "no desire to spend the rest of (his) life in a concentration camp." See more »

Goofs

The map of Europe shown along with the opening credits show a unified Iberian Peninsula, although this union ended in 1640. See more »

Quotes

[Hitler has been informed that there will be no Steiner attack]
Adolf Hitler: An order of mine has not been executed... that is what we have come to.
[voice rising]
Adolf Hitler: An order of mine has not been executed - you LIED to me! I've been betrayed! Everyone has betrayed me, even the SS! Traitors and cowards, every one of you! You, the cheats of the General Staff!
General Jodl: I must insist, but there are no grounds on such an accusation!
Adolf Hitler: You spent years in military academies, and all you've learned is how to hold a knife and fork...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in The South Bank Show: Sir Alec Guinness (1985) See more »

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Good but depressing aura
24 October 2001 | by KakuekeSee all my reviews

"Hitler: The Last Ten Days," is a fine film and one of the better attempts -- in events, in people, in atmosphere and personal quirks -- at historical accuracy on any subject. Alec Guinness is excellent as Hitler and captures well his stiff mannerisms and stern bearing, as well as his hysterical outbursts. Beginning with a celebration of the Fuhrer's last birthday, the atmosphere grows gradually more and more depressing, while Hitler from time to time peppers his entourage with his disoriented visions of an actual victory to come; this is foiled with very brief "real" vignettes of historical truth--what is actually happening as Hitler speaks. Oh well, there are a lot of pretty women (certainly, Doris Kuntsmann is much more attractive than was Eva Braun) and cream desserts, as well as musical interludes, to keep one still interested.

Hitler's ravings at his generals and their reactions are very well done, as in "Winds of War." Adolfo Celi, best known as Largo in "Thunderball," is good as General Krebs, not a household name, but Hitler's chief sounding board in the film. In his countenance we see the growing despair, the occasional protest, the sad and awkward facial expressions indicating wait, aren't there checks and limits (and reality) to you, can people really be as evil as you want them to be, are those who stand accused by you really deserving of your characterization? The final scene, with Hitler and Eva just before their suicide, is an interesting interpretation and captures the extreme utter selfishness and cruelty of the Fuhrer's character.


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