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Conspiracy (2001)

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At the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942, senior Nazi officials meet to determine the manner in which the so-called "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" can be best implemented.

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Frank Pierson

Writer:

Loring Mandel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Branagh ... Reinhard Heydrich
Clare Bullus Clare Bullus ... Maid (as Claire Bullus)
Stanley Tucci ... Adolf Eichmann
Simon Markey ... Stenographer
David Glover David Glover ... Supervising Butler
David Willoughby David Willoughby ... Orderly #1
Tom Hiddleston ... Phone Operator
David Spinx David Spinx ... Cook
Dirk Martens ... NCO
Barnaby Kay ... Rudolf Lange
Peter Sullivan ... SS.Col. Eberhard 'Karl' Schöngarth
Ben Daniels ... Dr. Joseph Bühler
Andreas Guenther ... NCO2
Ewan Stewart ... Dr. Georg Leibbrandt
Brian Pettifer ... Dr. Alfred Meyer
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Storyline

In January 1942, as the United States enters World War II, a conference assembles near Berlin. S.S. General Heydrich and his associate, Lieutenant Eichmann call the meeting to discuss the "evacuation" of Germany's Jews and other undesirables, a code word for their extermination in concentration camps. To begin this Final Solution, they must change the mind of a small group of men opposed to the idea, led by Chancellor Kritzinger. Written by Jwelch5742

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English | German

Release Date:

19 May 2001 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Since detailed records of the Wannsee Conference did not survive World War II, minor details of the movie (such as the seating arrangement at the conference table, what was actually served for lunch, and who was wearing a uniform compared to who wasn't) were totally up to the guess of the producers, and not based on any historical evidence. The producers and writer did have access to more primary material than it might seem at first. During his trial in Israel, Adolf Eichmann provided many details about the subject of the movie, even down to specific conversations, the general tone of the meeting, and other details. In particular, it's worth noting that a good bit of the dialogue in the movie is lifted verbatim from relevant memos and speeches by Nazi officials that were preserved, are part of the historical record, and cited by numerous sources. Many specific locutions used by the men in the movie can be found as cited, for instance, in Gitta Sereny's book "Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth" as well as other sources. The single-page, neutered summary of the meeting that survived in the files of the German Foreign Office is far from the only primary source used by the filmmakers. See more »

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(at around 1 min) As general Heydrich's car drives up the drive, you can see the 'D' country sign at the bottom right. In front of the house, it is gone (all you can see is a black oval). See more »

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Narrator: Adolph Hitler invaded Poland in September, 1939, starting WWII. By the winter of 1942, his armies were freezing and starving in the snows of Russia, where his best general had died of a heart attack, and America had entered the war. For the first time, Hitler's dream of a German empire to last 1,000 years was in doubt. While he hired and fired generals and the winter grew colder 15 of his officials were ordered from their commands and ministries to meet in a quiet lakeside ...
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String Quintet in C Major', D.956: Adagio
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by Ensemble Villa Musica
courtesy of Naxos of America
by arrangement with Source Q
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Brilliant - what television should be like
24 September 2001 | by shezanSee all my reviews

This is exactly what television should be like: intelligent, thought-provoking, brilliantly written and acted. The Wannsee Conference, held on January, 20, 1942, was convened by Reinhard Heydrich (played by Kenneth Branagh), Himmler's second in command of the SS, near Berlin: it gathered 15 top Nazi bureaucrats to coordinate the Final Solution in which the Nazis would attempt to exterminate the entire Jewish population of Europe. Heydrich and his deputy Eichmann (Stanley Tucci) kept minutes, so that this teleplay is based largely on historical fact. The genius of the actors, the director and writer Loring Mandel is to make us understand how ordinary top bureaucrats could be pushed into accepting the ultimate horror - and to make this into an entertaining, and sometimes even very funny movie. The writing is so crisp you want to remember every line - can't *wait* for the DVD.


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