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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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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

At the very beginning of the movie, when March is getting dressed, we can see some references to a Nazi indoctrinated society: the groups of boys from the television are singing the Horst-Wessel Lied (Horst-Wessel Song), which was the official SS anthem, sung to "the comrades shot at the Red Front". Also, on the shelf behind March, there is a scale model of the Bismarck battleship. See more »

Goofs

Several city views prominently reveal the movie was filmed in Prague, although set in Berlin. When March enters the "Reichssicherheitshauptamt" after the field inspection at the lake, it's the new building of the National Museum, with the old building in the background. Furthermore the towers of the Teyn Church are visible in the background, when the coach with the newsmen arrives downtown. See more »

Quotes

Artur Nebe: What do you want, Globus?
Odilo 'Globus' Globocnik: I want to... broaden your horizons.
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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 »

Connections

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

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Badly thought out art direction.
17 January 2016 | by markjordan-66773See all my reviews

Rutger Hauers Police station is built of glass and concrete, an architectural style Hitler hated. "Das Beatles' poster on the wall obviously to try to allude to a certain decade, the 1960's but again, this sort of music would have been deemed degenerate...and the four Liverpool mop tops would have probably been enlisted by then. Overall, what could have been a decent film that matched the books content etc ended up looking like it had been made by three different directors. Finally, the Grand idea of a new Berlin and Germania just does not come across in the lazy production values. So, what could have come across as a really interesting and scary alternative future for Europe and the USA falls flat on its face I fear.


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