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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:
...  Ernst Röhm 2 episodes, 2003
...  General Erich Ludendorff 2 episodes, 2003
...  President Paul von Hindenburg 2 episodes, 2003
...  Eva Braun 2 episodes, 2003
...  Gustav von Kahr 2 episodes, 2003
...  Dr. Joseph Goebbels 2 episodes, 2003
...  Hermann Göring 2 episodes, 2003
...  Rudolf Hess 2 episodes, 2003
...  Sophie Gerlich 2 episodes, 2003
...  Friedrich Hollaender 2 episodes, 2003
...  Blandine Ebinger 2 episodes, 2003
Julie-Ann Hassett ...  Angela Raubal 2 episodes, 2003
...  Adolf Hitler (10 yrs) 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 ...  Georg Bell 2 episodes, 2003
...  Frieda 2 episodes, 2003
Wolfgang Müller ...  Gregor Strasser 2 episodes, 2003
Christopher Ettridge ...  General Kurt von Schleicher 2 episodes, 2003
...  Adolf Hitler 2 episodes, 2003
...  Klara Hitler 2 episodes, 2003
...  Geli Raubal 2 episodes, 2003
...  Helene Hanfstaengl 2 episodes, 2003
...  Fritz Gerlich 2 episodes, 2003
...  Ernst 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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Release Date:

18 May 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hitler - Aufstieg des Bösen  »

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Did You Know?


The producers originally wanted Ewan McGregor to play Adolf Hitler. See more »


Adolf Hitler is known to have had bright blue eyes. None of the actors portraying him in this movie has blue eyes. See more »


Fritz Gerlich: [about Hitler] He's not human. He studies people in order to appear human, but all he has discovered is our fear and our hatred.
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Featured in Cinemania: I anodos kai i ptosi tou Nazismou (2008) See more »


Das Deutschlandlied
Music by Franz Joseph Haydn
Words by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben
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A rubbish propaganda movie :(
2 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I have recently watched this movie twice, and I can't seem to understand why the h*ll the makers made this pile of crap. I mean, yes, It gives a great impression of Hitler's environment, and I mean the way they reproduced Austria in the late 1890's, WWI and the Inter-war period. What I can't understand is why they pictured Hitler as a 100% pure evil, mad, unreliable, mentally unstable freak. He was after all a very thoughtful, loving and intelligent man who of course had his dark sides, no doubt about that. But why in heaven's name portray him in this way? All of his positive aspects have been cut out of the scenario, leaving nothing but a very propaganda-like portrait of a man who had the biggest influence on modern civilization ever. Yes, he threw Germany into the devastating 2nd World War. Yes, he was racist, and yes he was at times menially unstable especially at the end of the war. All true. But again; why the hell did they plain LIE to the public? To warn us?

I absolutely don't think this movie was a warning. The true danger of Hitler and the Nazi's was the fact they were able to rise to power at moments of severe global weakness. The fact this evil was so recognizable yet so embraced by almost every German alive (not to mention Austrians and a LOT of other people) makes it a warning to modern civilization, NOT the fact Hitler was such a 'weirdo'. If it would have been like the makers make us believe - I would have been convinced that the German people were retarded. A man like the one in this movie would have never gotten anywhere near party leader - not to mention ReichsKanzler.


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