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The Bunker (1981)

Dramatization depicting the events surrounding Adolf Hitler's (Sir Anthony Hopkins') last weeks in and around his underground bunker in Berlin before and during the battle for the city.

Director:

George Schaefer

Writers:

John Gay (written for television by), James P. O'Donnell (based on the book by)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Adolf Hitler
Richard Jordan ... Albert Speer
Cliff Gorman ... Joseph Goebbels
James Naughton ... James O'Donnell
Michael Lonsdale ... Martin Bormann
Martin Jarvis ... Johannes Hentschel
Michael Kitchen ... Rochus Misch
Andrew Ray Andrew Ray ... Otto Günsche
Piper Laurie ... Magda Goebbels
Susan Blakely ... Eva Braun
Robert Austin Robert Austin ... Wagner
Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman ... Riebold
Graham Bishop Graham Bishop ... Helmut Goebbels
Kevin Bishop Kevin Bishop ... Themmer
Nathalie Boulmer Nathalie Boulmer ... Elga Goebbels
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Storyline

In 1945, The Third Reich is in its death throes with the Allies relentlessly attacking the capital city of Berlin. Its Führer, Adolf Hitler (Sir Anthony Hopkins), retreats into his fortified bunker in Berlin with his senior staff. There, gripped with delusions of grandeur and despair, Hitler commands a hopeless last stand with resources existing largely in his own mind. While resisting the pleas of rational minions like Albert Speer (Richard Jordan), basic reality finally comes unavoidable. With that, Hitler and his fanatical fellows prepare for their own end even as their grandiose dreams are becoming a smoking ruin above. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

27 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bunker See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD edition) (2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At that point in his career, Composer Brad Fiedel started to add more experimental sounds and techniques in his work. This movie was largely as an extended improvisation using sounds he created on the then-new Prophet-10 synthesizer. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, the narrator enters Hitler's flooded underground bunker shortly after the German surrender in 1945. He wears the uniform of a U.S. Army captain, and says he is on assignment from Newsweek magazine. However, civilian publishing companies did not employ military officers as correspondents. See more »

Quotes

Albert Speer: The war is lost.
Adolf Hitler: [shouting] The war is not lost! The war is not lost! The war will never be lost! We're gonna beat'em, we're gonna beat'em all!
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Connections

Featured in Hitler: The Comedy Years (2007) See more »

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3 August 2014 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

A truly good performance here for Anthony Hopkins. I would say as good as the Bruno Ganz's one, back in 2004 for THE FALL. I won't add anything more to the other comments. A real great TV movie.

But just little thing, about characterizations of Adolf Hitler all over the years.

I you closely Watch footage film showing the dictator, the real one, you'll notice that his hair - at least in the last years of his life - did not fall on his forehead, the left side. It was ONLY in the early years, during his rise to power. And curiously, in all films - I must admit although that I don't exactly remember the Bruno Ganz portray - Hitler is shown with his hair falling on the left side of his forehead. I have always wondered why... And I guess I found out. It's only a way to hide the lack of resemblance between the actor playing Hitler and the Führer himself. Because in all memories Hitler had his hair falling on the left side of his forehead. But that just remains a little detail, that DOESN'T NOT point out any flaws in the performances and the quality of this little TV gem.


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