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The Night of the Generals (1967)

In 1942, a Polish prostitute and German agent, is murdered in Warsaw. Suspicion falls on three generals, and Major Grau of German Intelligence seeks justice which ends up taking decades.

Director:

Anatole Litvak

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Joseph Kessel (adapted for the screen by), Paul Dehn (adapted for the screen by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... General Tanz
Omar Sharif ... Major Grau
Tom Courtenay ... Corporal Hartmann
Donald Pleasence ... General Kahlenberge
Joanna Pettet ... Ulrike
Philippe Noiret ... Inspector Morand
Charles Gray ... General von Seidlitz-Gabler
Coral Browne ... Eleanore von Seidlitz-Gabler
John Gregson ... Colonel Sandauer
Nigel Stock ... Otto
Christopher Plummer ... Field Marshal Rommel
Juliette Gréco ... Juliette (as Juliette Greco)
Yves Brainville Yves Brainville ... Liesowski
Sacha Pitoëff ... Doctor (as Sacha Pitoeff)
Charles Millot Charles Millot ... Wionczek
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Storyline

In 1942 Warsaw, a Polish prostitute is murdered in a sadistic way. Major Grau, an agent from German Intelligence who believes in justice, is in charge of the investigation. An eyewitness saw a German general leaving the building after a scream of the victim. A further investigation shows that three generals do not have any alibi for that night: General Tanz, Maj. Gen. Klus Kahlenberge and General von Seidlitz-Gabler. The three avoid direct contact with Major Grau and become potential suspects. As Major Grau gets close to them, he is promoted and sent to Paris. In 1944 Paris, this quartet is reunited and Major Grau continues his investigation. Meanwhile, a plan for killing Hitler is plotted by his high command; a romance between Ulrike von Seydlitz-Gabler and Lance Cpl. Kurt Hartmann is happening and Insp. Morand is helping Major Grau in his investigation. The story ends in 1965, in Hamburg, with another, similar crime. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A unique manhunt across the capitals of Europe... across three decades up to today! See more »


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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | Italian | Spanish | French

Release Date:

24 February 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noite dos Generais See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (Westrex Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

O'Toole and Sharif were reluctant to do this picture, but felt they owed it to producer Sam Spiegel for making them stars in Lawrence of Arabia (1962). See more »

Goofs

Major Grau is handed a German soldier's identity disc from the crime scene in Paris shortly before Operation Valkyrie commences. He reveals the name of the suspect by apparently reading the name on the disc. German identity discs, however, never contained the soldier's name on them - only their roll number, unit designation and occasionally their blood group. See more »

Quotes

General Tanz: [to Hartmann] I don't want to have to blow your handsome head to pieces.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are a montage of a Nazi general's clothing and decorations. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Manhã Cinzenta (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

ALTE KAMERADEN (OLD COMRADES)
(uncredited)
Music by Carl Teike
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Excellent Throughout
24 August 2005 | by elpasotoymanSee all my reviews

Omar Sharif is excellent in this film. The fact is that the film needs to be restored to its widescreen version and released on DVD.

The acting is fantastic throughout and the locations are perfect.

The point I wanted also to make is that, unlike your "factual errors" there were in fact several Regular German Army units and soldiers who were later brought into the Waffen SS. Several of the foreign volunteer units were brought into the SS as well.

There were foreign volunteer units that were in the Leningrad area in 1941-42 and later became Waffen SS in whole or in part.

The movie does a great job of making almost perfect copies of German material and when it gets to France even has a shot of tanks made up to look very much like Panthers, in addition to the many kubelwagons and schwimwaggons.

Grau is one of the best characters in cinema and he should have had more screen time. A great film! A great indictment of the Nazis.


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