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The Bunker (1981)

Dramatization depicting the events surrounding Adolf Hitler's 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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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 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 (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:

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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

Reporters on the set said the sense of realism was so intense, that at one point, when Sir Anthony Hopkins entered the room to prepare for the next scene, actors portraying S.S. troops found themselves snapping to attention. 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

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

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Hopkins the best Hitler
10 July 2002 | by markcarlson2222See all my reviews

As a military historian, I've probably seen every film depicting Hitler and the last days of the Third Reich there is. Some stand out. "Inside the Third Reich" with Derek Jacobi, and "Hitler: The Last Ten Days," with Alec Guinness, to name a few. But as slow and downright melodramatic as this film is, I think that Anthony Hopkins' Hitler is right on the money, A superb acting job with a difficult role. He brings the image of an old man, difficult, palsied, volatile, confused, distant and changeable as a chameleon on an acid trip to life for the screen. It's not hard to play the classic Hitler with fits of rages and dour looks, but there is a lot more to it, and Hopkins pulls it off magnificently. He literally ages before your eyes and the gray pallor of the Bunker's stone walls seems to seep into his skin with every scene. Jordan as Speer is believable, and the somber, dirgelike music pulls out the hopelessness of the last gasp of the Nazi rat pack's future. Accurately done, but Hopkins is the real star here. But as one other user commented, is it really so hard for a Brit or an American to manage a German accent? Do all civilized Germans sound as if they had been raised in coventry? Ach du Lieber!


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