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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... SS-Sturmbannführer Xavier March
... Charlie Maguire
... Nebe
... Jaeger
... Anna Von Hagen
... Luther
... General Globus
... Krebs
... Klara
Pavel Andel ... Man in Dark Coat
Petronella Barker ... Guide Helga (as Petronella O. Barker)
Sarah Berger ... Leni Kalder
Jan Bidlas ... Bellboy
... Blind Soldier
... 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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Older Czech natives who remembered World War II took part in the filming of crowd scenes with reluctance. They later reported that the sight of so many swastikas and Nazi uniforms made them ill. See more »

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Most measurements are given in metric, used in Germany since 1876, however when Luther is trying to escape at the metro station his height is given in feet and inches and his weight in pounds. See more »

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SS-Untersturmführer Max Jäger: [Ordering coffee in SS Headquarters as a male and female prisoner are led away] Another busy day in the Sexual Crimes Unit. Who are the lovebirds?
Sex Crimes Cop: Pure Aryan woman and a Polock. Caught right in the act. Coffee, please. Resettlement day for her, ten years hard labor for him. I just don't understand these people.
SS-Untersturmführer Max Jäger: Every time somebody makes love, somebody else writes a report.
Sex Crimes Cop: Yeah, that's right.
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References Triumph of the Will (1935) See more »

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Excellent movie
11 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

An excellent speculative drama backed up with actual WWII footage to add realism. I believe that if history had turned out differently, it may very well have happened just as this movie portrayed it. The premise of the Normandy invasion being repelled causing America to pull out of Europe and revert to isolationism, as well as America turning its wrath to and defeating Japan to avenge Pearl Harbor are completely believable and not the least bit hokey. It has an interesting and engaging murder plot, as well as a good amount of suspense as the various players try to reveal the truth about Nazi war crimes and evade capture by the Gestapo. Nazi callousness, like March's colleague about the "pure-blooded Aryan and a Pollock caught in the act", the Gestapo chief's nonchalance toward the need of evidence, and the retired actress' anti-Semitic take on America's "Jewish Problem", are well played out without overused, propaganda-style vitriol. Hauer's performance as March is impeccable. Miranda Richardson is very good as well. Actually, good performances were rendered by all cast members. This movie is very entertaining and sparks the imagination with one of the ultimate "what ifs?". I highly recommend it.


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