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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Karl Hoffmann
... Helmut Hoffmann
... Mitzi Templer (nightclub singer)
... Reinhard Heydrich
... Becker (SS assistant to Dietrich)
... Ernst Röhm (SA Chief)
... Uncle Walter (bartender)
... Albrecht Hoffman
... Prof. Ludwig Rosenberg
... Gerda Hoffman
... Putzi (The Comedian)
... Heinrich Himmler
Derek Newark ... Theodor Eicke
... Gen. Josef Biegler, SA
... 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 is pitted against brother under the shadow of the Third Reich.

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Drama | War

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17 February 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hitler SS: El retrato del mal  »

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When Reinhard Heydrich leaves Berlin to take up a new posting as Nazi Governor of Bohemia and Moravia (Czechoslovakia), a scene follows where Helmut Hoffmann is told "You'd better hope Himmler has a job for you, or you'll find yourself fighting Russians." This is in reference to the practice of the SS where General-SS members, without active assignments, would transfer to the Waffen-SS as military reservists. Interestingly, in the subsequent scene set a year later after Heydrich's assassination, Helmut is shown wearing a Waffen-SS tunic complete with combat and service awards from the Eastern Front, thus implying that he *did* find himself fighting Russians. See more »

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On the train to murder the SA leadership, a scene shows several enlisted SS members wearing officer uniforms with enlisted insignia. See more »

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Karl Hoffmann: You can probably remember when Bismark was Chancellor!
Uncle Walter: That's right, I can. And we didn't have songs to honor pimps then, either.
Karl Hoffmann: The "Horst Wessel"? What are you talking about, Horst Wessel was killed in a fight with the Communists back in '30.
Uncle Walter: I don't care if he was killed by a troupe of performing monkeys. He was still a pimp then, all the same!
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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 See 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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