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Fatherland (1994)

In April 1964, more than twenty years after the Nazis won World War II, S.S. officer Xavier March (Rutger Hauer) uncovers a plot to eliminate the attendees of the Wannsee Conference so that Germany can establish better relations with the U.S.

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 ... March
Miranda Richardson ... Charlie
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 Halder
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 World War II, 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, Adolf Hitler (Rudolph Fleischer) wants to talk peace with President Joseph Kennedy (Jan Kohout). An S.S. 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 S.S. 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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Trivia

Mike Nichols bought the bestselling novel for one million dollars, intending to produce it as a theatrical movie. When none of the Hollywood studios were interested, the production was reduced to a television movie for HBO. See more »

Goofs

In the frame the Gestapo builds for their murders against the Wannsee conference attendees it is mentioned that one of them was shipping art to Switzerland to hide it there. Clearly on the map in the intro of the movie Switzerland is part of Germania. Therefore hiding something there doesn't make a lot of sense. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Maguire: [recalling a Gestapo agent at Stuckart's apartment] That wasn't the man who let me in this morning.
Xavier March: You didn't mention "a man" in your statement!
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Crazy Credits

Sarah Berger is credited as as Leni Kalder but is called "Anna" by Xavi. See more »

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

References Holocaust (1978) See more »

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A disturbing "what if" sci-fi movie
5 February 1999 | by Scott-8See all my reviews

Berlin, 1964, Nazi Germany.

"Fatherland" is one of Ruger Hauer's better recent movies. It takes a look at what would have happened if Nazi Germany had survived, even if the US had never gone to war with Germany.

The movie shows the grandiose architectural empire that Hitler had planned to make out of Berlin, as it would look on his 75th birthday. The special effects are notable more for their subtlety than dramatics, many of the fictional monuments look perfectly natural. The appearance of Nazi era clothes and uniforms against a sixties era eastern europe looks both plausible and surreal.

The movie itself focuses on a patriotic cop (Hauer) and an american journalist who look into a series of murders that involved the "greatest secret" of the Reich.

"Fatherland" is a better than average drama and at the same a very disturbing look at how history could have turned out differently.


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Country:

USA | Czech Republic

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

26 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Фатерлянд See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.33 : 1
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