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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 ... Otto Günsche
Piper Laurie ... Magda Goebbels
Susan Blakely ... Eva Braun
Robert Austin Robert Austin ... Wagner
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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Genres:

Drama | History | War

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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

In the film, the stairway between the upper bunker (vorbunker) and the lower bunker (fuhrerbunker) is shown as spiral. All witnesses to the final days in the bunkers say that it was a normal staircase with right angles. See more »

Quotes

Adolf Hitler: I have no faith, Speer. I have no faith.
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Connections

Version of Moloch (1999) See more »

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Good performances, slow-moving film.
18 May 1999 | by Rev-4See all my reviews

A tour de force performance by Hopkins manages to propel this sometimes slow-moving docudrama. The supporting performances, especially by Piper Laurie and Richard Jordan, also drive this intensely psychological take on the last days of the Third Reich. One criticism though: is a German accent really that difficult for professional actors to mimic?


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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

27 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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