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Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil (1985)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | TV Movie 17 February 1985
The story of Helmut and Karl Hoffmann. Both come of age at the start of Hitler's power in Germany. Helmut joins the SS and eventually becomes a successful flag rank officer. Karl joins the ... See full summary »

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Jim Goddard

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Lukas Heller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Shea ... Karl Hoffmann
Bill Nighy ... Helmut Hoffmann
Lucy Gutteridge ... Mitzi Templer (nightclub singer)
David Warner ... Reinhard Heydrich
Warren Clarke ... Becker (SS assistant to Dietrich)
Michael Elphick ... Ernst Röhm (SA Chief)
Stratford Johns ... Uncle Walter (bartender)
Robert Urquhart ... Albrecht Hoffman
José Ferrer ... Prof. Ludwig Rosenberg
Carroll Baker ... Gerda Hoffman
Tony Randall ... Putzi (The Comedian)
John Normington ... Heinrich Himmler
Derek Newark Derek Newark ... Theodor Eicke
Paul Brooke ... Gen. Josef Biegler, SA
Colin Jeavons ... Adolf Hitler
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The story of Helmut and Karl Hoffmann. Both come of age at the start of Hitler's power in Germany. Helmut joins the SS and eventually becomes a successful flag rank officer. Karl joins the SA and experiences the darker side of Nazism after the SA is disbanded and Karl is thrown into prison and later conscripted into the German army. Brother is pitted against brother until their relationship, and the Third Reich, stands in ruins Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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brother | third reich | hitler | ss | nazis | See All (38) »

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Brother is pitted against brother under the shadow of the Third Reich.

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Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hitler SS: El retrato del mal See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the fall of 1932, when the film depicts the first meeting between Helmut Hoffmann and Reinhard Heydrich, Heydrich was an SS-Standartenführer (Colonel) and had served in the SS for just over a year. Considered rather unimportant by SS leaders, Heydrich would not become well known in the SS until after moving to Berlin and taking over the Gestapo in April of 1934. See more »

Goofs

In 1944, the SS officer Becker appears as a Waffen-SS Colonel wearing the same uniform from the 1930s with no additional awards or decorations. As a front line officer in the Waffen-SS, it would be highly unusual for Becker to have earned no further awards during the Second World War and even stranger to not display even the basic campaign medals for which his service surely would have warranted. See more »

Quotes

Helmutt Hoffmann: [Upon meeting Reinhard Heydrich] Who's that bizarre character?
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Soundtracks

Wenn die Soldaten,
sung on train to the Night of the Long Knives
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Excellent, under rated, must see WWII movie.
29 November 2004 | by Chuck StraubSee all my reviews

This film follows two German brothers through the history of Nazi Germany from 1931 to 1945. The film seemed pretty much to be historically accurate although there are a few points, which are arguable. What is different about this war movie is that you watch the rise to power of the Third Reich, the war, and the interaction of ordinary people from the perspective of two German brothers who take different paths in life. It's a very interesting and thought provoking movie that keeps your attention throughout. My only problem with this movie is that it touches on so many issues I wish the movie could have been longer so they could have gone into them more in depth. This movie is more about the lives and relationships of people and does not show as many fighting and battle scenes as most war movies would. If you like a lot of military action, this may not be for you although the movie does have some of this. Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil is an excellent movie, under rated and for those interested in the history of World War II, is a must see movie.


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