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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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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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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In January 1942, as the United States enters World War II, a conference assembles near Berlin. SS Gen. Heydrich and his associate, Lt. 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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One Of The Greatest Crimes Against Humanity Was Perpetrated In Just Over An Hour. See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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USA | UK

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English | German

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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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None of the SS officers are wearing SS lightning bolts on their collars. See more »

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When Heydrich announces that from "England, from Lapland to Libya, from Vladivostok to Belfast: no Jews. Not one", the others knock on the table with approval. At the point, Kritzinger can be seen standing and looking out of the window, but a split second later he is seated again. 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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Featured in The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002) See more »

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String Quintet in C Major', D.956: Adagio
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Performed by Ensemble Villa Musica
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Coldly brilliant
28 July 2004 | by kriton-2See all my reviews

The other reviewer her could not be more wrong, and shows a lack of historical knowledge. Heydrich WAS rushing to get through the meeting -- that was why it only lasted 90 minutes! The meeting was not held to plot the Holocost, but rather was a staged production organized by the SS (who already had started planning the final solution and embarked on mass murder at smaller scales 7 months earlier)to obtain administrative and cooperative buy-in from the other facets of the German government, and their recognition of the SS's total authority over carrying it out. And Heydrich was alternatively charming and then abrupt and short: he was head of the Gestapo, after all. Although Branagh is much smaller and better looking than Heydrich was, he does what an actor does -- capture the essence of a presence, the gist of the personality. Likewise, Tucci embodies the "banality of evil" -- a schedule obsessed numbers & detail man, an accountant concerned only with pleasing his superiors and making mass murder efficient, while dissociating himself from the meaning and consequences of his actions.

Although not as well-acted, the German language Wansee Conference is actually a bit better in imparting the agenda-driven business meeting quality of the event. Anyone who has ever been to a business planning meeting (in any business, but especially in government or regulated utility during budget planning time) cannot help but feel sick at the ordinary familiarity of it all. Replace killing people with making and marketing widgets, and you got it.


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