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Hitler: The Rise of Evil 

A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National Socialist German Workers' Party prior to World War II.
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Complete series cast summary:
 General Erich Ludendorff 2 episodes, 2003
 Hermann Göring 2 episodes, 2003
 Rudolf Hess 2 episodes, 2003
 Sophie Gerlich 2 episodes, 2003
 Blandine Ebinger 2 episodes, 2003
Julie-Ann Hassett ...
 Angela Raubal 2 episodes, 2003
Simon Sullivan ...
 Adolf Hitler (17 yrs) 2 episodes, 2003
 Anton Drexler 2 episodes, 2003
 Alois Hitler 2 episodes, 2003
Filip Hes ...
 Egon Hanfstaengl 2 episodes, 2003
Brendan Hughes ...
 Lieutenant Guffman 2 episodes, 2003
Howard Lotker ...
 Hans (soldier) 2 episodes, 2003
Robert Russell ...
 Franz von Papen 2 episodes, 2003
David Fisher ...
Wolfgang Müller ...
 Gregor Strasser 2 episodes, 2003
Christopher Ettridge ...
 General Kurt von Schleicher 2 episodes, 2003
 Klara Hitler 2 episodes, 2003
 Helene Hanfstaengl 2 episodes, 2003


The movie describes the life of Adolf Hitler from childhood to manhood, and how he became so powerful. It describes his poor childhood in Austria, it describes the first world war from his point of view, and how he became the strongest man in Germany. The movie show us how Hitler turned from a poor soldier into the leader of the Nazis, and how he survived the attempts to kill him. It describes his relationship with his mistress Eva Braun, and his decisions and enemies inside Germany and inside the Nazi party. Written by rsilberman

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"The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke


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18 May 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hitler - Aufstieg des Bösen  »

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Did You Know?


Geli's lines when she is smoking with the driver, just after being told her uncle is "a good man", ("he's a monster... you can't imagine what he asks of me") are Geli Raubal's actual words, taken directly from her journal. Allegedly, Hitler drew a series of pornographic sketches of her, entitled "Miss Raubel in close-ups and angles to which any professional model would decline posing for." See more »


Rohm is present at the Bamberg Conference in 1926. However, 'Ernst Rohm' was in Bolivia from 1923 to 1930. See more »


Eva Braun: Now why is it, Herr Hitler, that no photographer has ever been able to capture the incredible magnetism of your eyes?
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Featured in Cinemania: I anodos kai i ptosi tou Nazismou (2008) See more »


Oh How We Wish That We Were Kids
Written by Friedrich Hollaender
Performed by Blandine Ebinger
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This is humanizing Hitler?
22 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Simply put, this is a simplistic and one dimensional film. The title, The Rise to Evil, should tell you that this isn't going to attempt to be anything deep or do much with Hitler's character. Rather, from the first minutes of the movie where we see baby Hitler looking evil with evil music playing the background, we are given a view of Hitler that presents his as a cartoony supervillian, seemingly ripped right out of a Saturday morning TV show. The film REALLY wants to make its case that Hitler was evil but does anyone need a movie to convince them that Hitler was evil? Ultimately, making him such a one-dimensionally evil character is both boring and confusing (one must ask how the inept, phsycotic character in the film cold ever persuade a nation to follow him or be named Time's man of the year). This film had a great opportunity to take a figure who has committed some of the most horrible acts in the 20th century, and try to delve into his mind. Instead, it basically just says, "Hey! Hitler was evil! Just thought you might like to know..." over and over again. The great irony is that the film still was attacked for presenting too sympathetic a view of the character. Give me a break.

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