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In April 1964, more than 20 years after the Nazis won World War II, an SS officer named Xavier March uncovers a plot to eliminate the attendees of the Wannsee Conference so that Germany can establish better relations with the US.

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Christopher Menaul

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Robert Harris (novel), Stanley Weiser (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger Hauer ... SS-Sturmbannführer Xavier March
Miranda Richardson ... Charlie Maguire
Peter Vaughan ... Nebe
Michael Kitchen ... Jaeger
Jean Marsh ... Anna Von Hagen
John Woodvine ... Luther
John Shrapnel ... General Globus
Clive Russell ... Krebs
Clare Higgins ... Klara
Pavel Andel Pavel Andel ... Man in Dark Coat
Petronella Barker Petronella Barker ... Guide Helga (as Petronella O. Barker)
Sarah Berger Sarah Berger ... Leni Kalder
Jan Bidlas Jan Bidlas ... Bellboy
Stuart Bunce ... Blind Soldier
Charles De'Ath ... Fake Porter
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In a world where the Nazis won the Second World War, Germany has corralled all European countries into a single state called Germania, and continues fighting against the Soviet Union. It is now 1964 and Germany's war crimes against the Jews have so far been kept a secret. Germany believes that an alliance with the United States would finally beat the Soviet war machine. As his 75th birthday approaches, Hitler wants to talk peace with President Joseph Kennedy. An SS homicide detective and an American journalist stumble into a plot to destroy all evidence of the genocide; evidence that could destroy the peace process with America and evidence that Nazi and SS leaders will stop at nothing to keep hidden. Written by Rob Hartill

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It's 1964. What if Hitler had won the war?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

26 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Harmadik Birodalom See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Historically, the Criminal Police of the SS were plains clothes detectives who did not wear black SS uniforms as is depicted in film. The black uniform itself was phased out of the SS in 1941 to be replaced by a wartime gray tunic. Criminal police personnel in occupied countries wore this uniform while those in Germany continued to wear civilian clothes. See more »

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While driving through the city you see in the back a Peugeot dealer. The logo seen was used from 1980 till 1998. The signing on the outside with the blue and yellow stripes was introduced in the mid 90's. See more »

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Narrator: [closing narration, about Xavier March and Charlie Maguire] I used to wonder why she never got out while she had the chance. But she and my father were the first to see those images of horror. The first to know, and that somehow linked them forever with each other and the victims. So she sat until the Gestapo came for her. Everything had changed. Without the American alliance, Hitler's Reich collapsed. Of course, there are some who say it never happened. Those who look and do not see. The years ...
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Fatherland is a flawed but enjoyable film.
17 July 2014 | by Euan_McIntoshSee all my reviews

I made the unfortunate mistake of watching this film before reading the book. At the time of writing, the only reliable way to see Fatherland is to watch it on Youtube. I would love to see a proper DVD/Blu-ray release.

Without any knowledge of the book, the film is excellent. A tense thriller set in a unique setting with presentation that makes anyone who enjoys historical stuff (like myself) engrossed. The alternative history, the Albert Speer architecture, the carefully thought out references to actual historical events such as the bombing of Dresden and the nuclear attacks on Japan. Both of which are considered war crimes by many, allowing for a small hint of socio-political commentary.

The flaws lie in the plot, which has significantly deviated from the book, in that the ending seems over-dramatic. I will not spoil it but those of you who have read the book will possibly agree that the ending to the novel is more intense, subtle and powerful. Rutger Hauer's performance is excellent, well acted and his style is perfectly fitting of a character like Xavier March. Miranda Richardson plays the role of Charlie Maguire solidly, at times a little wooden and restrained.

All in all, the film is a decent homage to Robert Harris' most famous, and arguably his best, novel. For a low budget, mid 90s TV movie, I am impressed. I would love to see a new adaptation of the book, perhaps with a longer runtime (less condensation) and with a larger budget?


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