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
The DVD version includes multiples erroneous subtitles in English that don't match the spoken dialog. E.G. 1:29:24 Maj Grau speaks of looking for a general that thinks "he could play God in bed as well as in battle." The subtitle indicates "he could play God in bed he could play God in bed". See more »
The Lichnowski's Palace, a palace in Warsaw where the Nazi's were to have their headquarters, according to one character's memoirs, is in fact the Braniccy's Palace, and never served as a headquarter during Nazi occupation. Moreover, the Lichnowski's Palace is located, not in Warsaw, but in the Silezia area, which before the war was part of Nazi Germany. See more »
The opening credits are a montage of a Nazi general's clothing and decorations. See more »
The UK cinema version was heavily edited for an 'A' (PG) certificate and removed nearly all the references to the victims being whores, as well as shortening the bed scene between Hartmann & Ulrike, the police interrogation of the suspected sex offenders, and editing some of the dialogue describing the murders. Later releases were upgraded to a 15 certificate and were fully uncut. See more »
I remember seeing this film in the theater when I was a kid and being fascinated by it. When I finally located a copy on VHS, I was able to enjoy it once again. Do not over analyze it. Just enjoy Peter O'Toole as the nutcase Tanz, Donald Pleasance as the General-with-a-conscience, and especially Omar Sharif as the dogged, honorable military investigator. Charles Gray as General Gabler (and Coral Browne as his wife) are perfect as oldschool Wehrmacht junkers. ("We are well suited, aren't we?") Yet another film that needs to be released on DVD.
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