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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 (Omar Sharif) of German Intelligence seeks justice which ends up taking decades.

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Anatole Litvak

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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 ... Wionczek
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Storyline

In 1942 Warsaw, a Polish prostitute is murdered in a sadistic way. Major Grau (Omar Sharif), 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 (Peter O'Toole), Major General Klaus Kahlenberge (Donald Pleasence), and General von Seidlitz-Gabler (Charles Gray). 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 Adolf Hitler is plotted by his high command, a romance between Ulrike von Seidlitz-Gabler (Joanna Pettet) and Lance Corporal Kurt Hartmann (Sir Tom Courtenay) is happening and Inspector Morand (Philippe Noiret) is helping Major Grau in his ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Details

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

Gore Vidal originally wanted Sir Dirk Bogarde for the role of Major Grau, but Producer Sam Spiegel objected. See more »

Goofs

Some of the background images in the car tour through Paris are in black & white. See more »

Quotes

Liesowski: Her name was Kupiecka. Maria Kupiecka.
Captain Engel: Kupiecka? Oh, yes, she was a prostitute. And a good friend to us!
Liesowski: She was also a German agent.
Major Grau: Killed by a Polish patriot?
Liesowski: Providing the Polish patriot was also a sexual degenerate.
Major Grau: Patriotism has been known to have its vicious side.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Chris Noel & Tony Randall (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

ENTRANCE MARCH
(from Tannhaeuser) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Wagner
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Dramas in the drama
14 October 2004 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

"Night of the generals" is big Anglo-French production of 1966, which talks about dramatic facts in a dramatic period (World War II). Two prostitutes are assassinated (in Poland and in France respectively) by a mysterious killer. A colonel of the German army (Omar Sharif) investigates and suspects three generals -two of them (Charles Gray and Donald Pleasence) are involved in a plot to kill Hitler, the other one (Peter O'Toole) is the most crazy and dangerous-. Twenty years later the same French inspector (Philippe Noiret) who helped Sharif in the inquiry faces another case of a murdered prostitute, the crime is executed in the same way as the previous ones...

This film is excellent. With a supercast (O'Toole, Sharif, Pleasence, Gray, Courtenay, Noiret) director Anatole Litvak directs a classic, a masterpiece. This film, maybe, is not as famous and as remembered as it should be... It deserves to be rediscovered, thanks to the recent DVD release.


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