In 1945, The Third Reich is in its death throes with the Allies relentlessly attacking the capital city of Berlin. Its Fuehrer, Adolf Hitler, retreats into his fortified bunker in Berlin with his senior staff. There, gripped with both 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, 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 (email@example.com)
After viewing the dailies, one of the producers complained that Sir Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of Hitler was too sympathetic. Hopkins replied that his portrayal was based on the premise that ultimately even Hitler was also human, and that's what's so horrific about him. See more »
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 »
I consider this one of Anthony Hopkins best 'early' performances. Hopkins immersed himself into the role of Hitler. In a review it was said after a typical Hitler tirade, Hopkins was so 'into' the role, he would have the room cleared so he could be alone and compose himself! Awesome, believable, performances by all other's involved also. Especial kudos to Richard Jordan as Albert Speer, Hitler's 'adopted' protege'. This film adaptation may be as close as we will come to what really happened in Hitler's bunker at the end of World War II.
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