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Georg Elser - Einer aus Deutschland (1989)

A true story about Johann Georg Elser, a quiet carpenter who tried to assassinate Hitler with an explosive device in 1939.

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Stephen Sheppard (novel), Stephen Sheppard (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Georg Elser
Rebecca Miller ... Anneliese
Brian Dennehy ... Wagner
Nigel Le Vaillant Nigel Le Vaillant ... Mayer
Maggie O'Neill ... Berta
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Watchman
Hans-Michael Rehberg ... Brecht
Dietrich Hollinderbäumer ... Seifert
Elisabeth Orth Elisabeth Orth ... Frau Gruber
Hans Stetter Hans Stetter ... Woywode
Vadim Glowna Vadim Glowna ... Kaufmann
Péter Andorai Péter Andorai ... Leibl
Robert Easton ... Hecht
János Ács János Ács ... Policeman
Ralf Richter Ralf Richter ... SA-Leader (as Ralph Richter)
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A true story about Johann Georg Elser, a quiet carpenter who tried to assassinate Hitler with an explosive device in 1939.

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The explosive true story that nearly changed world history.


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Country:

West Germany | Austria

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1989 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Georg Elser See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This movie's closing epilogue states: "Throughout the war Georg Elser was kept in concentration camps while the Third Reich prepared for a massive show trial. In May 1945, only days before the American Army liberated Dachau, he was executed. There are no monuments to the memory of Georg Elser." The last line of this postscript may have been correct at the time this film was made but there are and have been memorials made that are dedicated to Georg Elser. See more »

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Fascinating Insight on a German/Austrian's Perspective
4 May 2001 | by alexanderjallanSee all my reviews

The film Seven Minutes partially dubbed in English and partially IN English (either that or great dubbing by actors Brandauer and American; Dennehy) is a great film. I may be inappropriately sticking my neck out here, but I believe this film, directed and stared by Brandauer has a very personal edge to it for him, relating to the actions of Hitler. Throughout the film it shows, in the late 1930s, Jewish citizens being taken away by the army or secret police (with rather stirring music). At this moment Klaus Maria watches on and seems to be a little shaken and quietly incensed by these actions. This film gives an insight into, how some Germans were clearly against what Hitler was starting to do to their country (those who, in reflection, weren't sucked into the propaganda of a powerful Germany). The love interest with Rebecca Miller and Klaus is nice and subtle with good humour in places. During all this, though, he is building a bomb using his skills as a clock maker, and awaiting Hitler's arrival to the Beer Hall (Munich), -where the story is set. During the building of the bomb and the placing of it, it is full of tension with Klaus appearing extremely determined and nervous with sweat. The acting of Brandauer is suitably magnificent. From what I've said, don't get the wrong impression it's a boring historical film (actually based on a true story of Georg Elser's attempt). It is full of suspense and can be watched as any other film of a suspense genre.


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