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Fatherland (1994)

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.

Director:

Christopher Menaul

Writers:

Robert Harris (novel), Stanley Weiser (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Director: Peter Masterson
Stars: Rutger Hauer, Dylan Walsh, Rya Kihlstedt
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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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Storyline

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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germany | nazi | ss | detective | hitler | See All (54) »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Goofs

Several propaganda wall posters downtown Berlin have inscriptions solely in English language (Elliot taking a picture with MacGuire in front of one, another one when MacGuire takes a cab to her secret appointment). It is highly questionable that a German government, self-confident with the victory over the allies, would approve such all-in-English posters in the German capital. See more »

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Narrator: [opening narration] It has been 20 years since the Second World War ended with the failure of the Allied invasion of Normandy. A triumphant Hitler declared victory over Europe and the British Empire. The United States withdrew from the conflict, listening to those like Charles Lindbergh, who had argued against a war with Germany. In the East, only the Russians fought on in a bitter guerrilla war. American efforts turned to retribution for Pearl Harbor. That came in the summer of 1945, with ...
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Alternate Versions

After the film aired on HBO, a few changes were made for the VHS version. The opening montage of black and white newsreel footage had two or three sentences of narration replaced and the accompanying images changed. In addition, a line was added to the end, an announcer heard over loudspeakers, saying that "President Kennedy is leaving Germany, taking with him the warm wishes of the German people," to make it totally clear to the audience that Kennedy had decided to abandon the alliance with Hitler. See more »

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Referenced in Drop the Dead Donkey: The Strike (1994) See more »

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Did they ever read the Book?
28 April 2007 | by buigerSee all my reviews

A great book has been completely desecrated by this movie. The filmmakers have created a sort of 'soap opera thriller' that has absolutely nothing to do with the outstanding novel it is supposed to be based on. Where are the wonderfully described murky atmospheres of the book, the gray shades of everyday life in post WW2 Nazi Germany that are so vivid in the book you can feel them, they are almost palpable. Where is the suspense, where is the thriller?

Unfortunately, none of this is present in the movie, which spends far too much time in explaining to the viewers that R. Hauer is a good Nazi, showing him being a good father to his kid, etc... The film lacks also in pace, it lacks credibility (the depiction of the Nazis, the SS, the Gestapo, etc. is nothing less than grotesque, totally unreal), it seems as if the director actually never even read the book... And then the ending to top it all off... What a pity. Maybe someone in the future will attempt a second filming of this novel with better success. Let's hope so...


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