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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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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Peter Stormare ...  Ernst Röhm 2 episodes, 2003
Friedrich von Thun ...  General Erich Ludendorff 2 episodes, 2003
Peter O'Toole ...  President Paul von Hindenburg 2 episodes, 2003
Zoe Telford ...  Eva Braun 2 episodes, 2003
Terence Harvey ...  Gustav von Kahr 2 episodes, 2003
Justin Salinger ...  Dr. Joseph Goebbels 2 episodes, 2003
Chris Larkin ...  Hermann Göring 2 episodes, 2003
James Babson ...  Rudolf Hess 2 episodes, 2003
Patricia Netzer ...  Sophie Gerlich 2 episodes, 2003
Harvey Friedman ...  Friedrich Hollaender 2 episodes, 2003
Nicole Marischka ...  Blandine Ebinger 2 episodes, 2003
Julie-Ann Hassett Julie-Ann Hassett ...  Angela Raubal 2 episodes, 2003
Thomas Brodie-Sangster ...  Adolf Hitler (10 yrs) 2 episodes, 2003
Simon Sullivan Simon Sullivan ...  Adolf Hitler (17 yrs) 2 episodes, 2003
Robert Glenister ...  Anton Drexler 2 episodes, 2003
Ian Hogg ...  Alois Hitler 2 episodes, 2003
Filip Hes Filip Hes ...  Egon Hanfstaengl 2 episodes, 2003
Brendan Hughes Brendan Hughes ...  Lieutenant Guffman 2 episodes, 2003
Howard Lotker Howard Lotker ...  Hans (soldier) 2 episodes, 2003
Robert Russell Robert Russell ...  Franz von Papen 2 episodes, 2003
David Fisher David Fisher ...  Georg Bell 2 episodes, 2003
Hana Frejková ...  Frieda 2 episodes, 2003
Wolfgang Müller Wolfgang Müller ...  Gregor Strasser 2 episodes, 2003
Christopher Ettridge Christopher Ettridge ...  General Kurt von Schleicher 2 episodes, 2003
Robert Carlyle ...  Adolf Hitler 2 episodes, 2003
Stockard Channing ...  Klara Hitler 2 episodes, 2003
Jena Malone ...  Geli Raubal 2 episodes, 2003
Julianna Margulies ...  Helene Hanfstaengl 2 episodes, 2003
Matthew Modine ...  Fritz Gerlich 2 episodes, 2003
Liev Schreiber ...  Ernst Hanfstaengl 2 episodes, 2003
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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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CBS

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hitler: The Rise of Evil See more »

Filming Locations:

Brno, Czech Republic See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the Belgium, July, 1918 segment, you can see the actors' breath as well as snow on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Friedrich Hollaender: Everyone's depressed - bad for the economy but excellent for cabaret. German people don't need democracy, for God's sake, they need music, laughter, someone to tell them what to do so they can get in line and follow.
Ernst Hanfstaengl: Don't tell me you've become a nationalist?
Friedrich Hollaender: I'm a satirist, Ernst. The most dangerous politician of them all. Speaking of humor, I'm going to hear Hitler tomorrow - would you like to come?
Ernst Hanfstaengl: The anti-Semite?
Friedrich Hollaender: The National Socialist anti-Semite. Call them "Nazis" just to piss them off. ...
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Alternate Versions

Network Seven, in Australia originally aired this as a two part mini series. See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinemania: I anodos kai i ptosi tou Nazismou (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Etude in E, Op.10 No.3
(Tristesse/Sadness)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
(tune Ernst Hanfstaengl plays on piano at Christmas)
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A rubbish propaganda movie :(
2 October 2004 | by Shc-ShcSee 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.

4/10


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