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Operation Eichmann (1961)

Werner Klemperer stars as one of the most infamous mass murderers in all history in this true story. With the defeat of Germany that ends World War II in Europe, the Allies discover the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Werner Klemperer ... Adolf Eichmann
Ruta Lee ... Anna Kemp
Donald Buka ... David
Barbara Turner ... Sara
John Banner ... Rudolf Höss
Hanna Hertelendy Hanna Hertelendy ... Frau Tessa Hess (as Hanna Landy)
Lester Fletcher ... Kurt Kessner
Steve Gravers Steve Gravers ... Jacob
Jimmy Baird Jimmy Baird ... David, as a Young Boy (as Jim Baird)
Debbie Cannon Debbie Cannon ... Sara, as a Yong Girl
Jackie Russo Jackie Russo ... Jacob, as a Young Boy
Paul Thierry Paul Thierry ... Lopez
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Sanchez
Norbert Schiller Norbert Schiller ... Uri Goldmann
Luis Van Rooten Luis Van Rooten ... Heinrich Himmler
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Werner Klemperer stars as one of the most infamous mass murderers in all history in this true story. With the defeat of Germany that ends World War II in Europe, the Allies discover the true horror of more than six million Jews slaughtered by the Nazis - and the fact that one of the architects of this unimaginable crime has escaped. Now, follow the story of Eichmann's flight to Barcelona and Argentina and the Israeli agents determined to bring him to justice.

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THE STORY THE TRIAL WILL NEVER TELL! (original posters-all caps) See more »

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Crime | Drama | History | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1961 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Adolf Eichmann apologisou! See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Karl Ludwig Lindt was originally cast as Himmler, but quit. He was replaced by Luis Van Rooten, who had previously played Himmler in The Hitler Gang (1944). See more »

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The sequences supposedly taking place in Buenos Aires are obvious, easily identifiable Los Angeles locations, such as the intersection of Sepuveda and Sunset Boulevards. See more »

Connections

Version of The Man Who Captured Eichmann (1996) See more »

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Es muss nur der Richtige kommen (The Right One Must Come Along)
Written by Franz Steininger and Gustav H. Heimo
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Great portrayal of the banality of extreme evil
15 November 2002 | by guancheSee all my reviews

What makes this movie so frightening without spectacular, graphic violence or overly righteous hand wringing is demonstrating that the architects of even the most extreme forms of evil can be quite human and

even likable. They may honestly view their workaday world of mass murder as simply a day at the office. The film "The Wansee Conference" makes the point even more effectively but isn't nearly as artful, since it is a straight, documentary style re-enactment of a specific event.

The only thing that hurts the movie is the pairing of "Klink" (Werner Klemperer) as Eichmann and "Schultz" (John Banner) as his chief lieutenant, Hess (no relation to Rudolph Hesse). Of course, this was an unknown dynamic when the film was made since it predates Hogan's Heroes by 2 or 3 years. The actors are actually perfectly matched for their roles and play them well, but their popular identification as the "funny" Nazis of Hogan's Heroes gives the film an unintentional comic slant at times. In fact, there is a scene where Eichmann is having dinner with Hess and his wife and kids. A seemingly normal family scene with dad and his boss discussing business----in this case, how efficient Zyklon B gas is for human extermination. The Hess character replies, (I kid you not) in his best Sgt Schultz voice and manner, that "the best thing about it is that you hear NOTHING you see NOTHING..." As an interesting aside, Werner Klemperer, John Banner, and Hogan's Heroes General Burkhalter (Leon Askin, who is not in this movie) were all Jewish refugees from Nazism who fled their homes in Germany and Austria. Also of note is the fact that "Klink" served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army in WWII; ironically, in the Pacific.

This low budget film effectively communicates the fact that the most fiendish enterprise can readily disguise itself as business as usual.


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