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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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Locations in the Czech Republic were chosen specifically for dreary and depressing-looking Cold War era buildings. 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 »

Quotes

Charlie Maguire: We'll send a car for you in a couple of hours.
Anna Von Hagen: [gives files] America! Franz says you still have them in America. You didn't do anything about them? All that may change of course, now you have a president who thinks like the Fuhrer does. It was a real problem for me, making a career in Hollywood.
Charlie Maguire: Why?
Anna Von Hagen: Jews. They controlled all the studios, you know - they even tried to keep me out of Broadway. The public wanted me, you see... and then "they" started the war. Ah, Berlin was beautiful before the ...
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A Suspenceful "What if" Thriller!
9 April 2001 | by heelman-2See all my reviews

The scenario in "Fatherland" is what would have happened if Germany had won WWII. Much of Europe will still be under Nazi rule and the Russians and Germans kept fighting. Our two main charecters is a divorced father who spends time with his son and is also an SS officer. The other one is a female American Journalist assigned to cover the peace summit with Adolph Hitler and US president Kennedy. This events also coincides with what would have been Hitler's 75th birthday. Together they gradually uncover an aweful crime committed durring the war and the gestapo is resorting to any means neccesery to keep it quiet. Mant High ranking Nazi officials end up dead. I found this to be an enjoyable movie. It's more of a thriller than a Drama! You almost think that did really happen. 9/10


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