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The Condemned of Altona (1962)

I sequestrati di Altona (original title)
A maddened German war criminal lives in a secluded house owned by his rich father who lets him think the war is still on 20 years after the fact.


Vittorio De Sica


Jean-Paul Sartre (play), Cesare Zavattini (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Sophia Loren ... Johanna von Gerlach
Maximilian Schell ... Franz von Gerlach
Fredric March ... Albrecht von Gerlach
Robert Wagner ... Werner von Gerlach
Françoise Prévost ... Leni von Gerlach
Gabriele Tinti ... Actor
Rolf Tasna Rolf Tasna
Michela Ricciardi Michela Ricciardi
Dino De Luca Dino De Luca ... (as Dino Di Luca)
Piero Leri Piero Leri
Tonino Cianci Tonino Cianci ... (as Tonino Ciani)
Ekkehard Schall Ekkehard Schall ... Actor


A maddened German war criminal lives in a secluded house owned by his rich father who lets him think the war is still on 20 years after the fact.

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A Motion Picture As Unusual As The Roles of Its Academy Award Winning Stars! See more »


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This was not a commercial success, and nearly caused the downfall of the Italian production company, Titanus Films. See more »

Alternate Versions

Every reference to National Socialism was cut from the West German version in 1962. See more »


Referenced in The Exterminator (1980) See more »

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Too bad it's not available in DVD
15 November 2008 | by garybehunSee all my reviews

I saw this movie on the big screen several years ago in San Diego and I've never forgotten it. This movie falls loosely within the Holocaust/antisemitic genre and I'm surprised that many of my fellow Jews have never even heard of it. The idea of a family keeping their ex-Nazi son in the attic (it's not the basement)to protect him from the public is intriguing to say the least. There are a few scenes that I can never forget: Max Schell still wearing his Nazi uniform; his sister wiping up his excrement off the floor, like the family pet; Schell unwrapping and eating chocolate that's wrapped in Nazi tinfoil. To be kept away all these years from communicating with the outside world that's changed so much from the Nazi era. The last scene with Schell and Frederick March standing above the industrial complex that's been created. All these scenes stand out in my mind. The stark black and white film ties in exactly with that dark period in German/Jewish history. I'll never forget this movie. I wish so much that it is someday available in a DVD or (please don't) VHS version--even a copy from a TV movie showing on, say, the Fox movie channel. Anybody have a copy for sale? Contact me.

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30 October 1963 (USA) See more »

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The Condemned of Altona See more »

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Hamburg, Germany See more »


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