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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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Official Sites:

CBS

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hitler - Aufstieg des Bösen See more »

Filming Locations:

Brno, Czech Republic See more »

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(video) | | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

Fritz Gerlich: He's insane. A complete psychotic. He may be a compelling speaker on stage, but in person I could see into his eyes and what I saw was... terrifying.
Gustav von Kahr: And I intend to shut him down.
Fritz Gerlich: With all due respect, Commissar Von Kahr, you need to handle him with care.
Gustav von Kahr: Don't worry, I will. I know how to deal with Adolf Hitler.
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Connections

Featured in Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Habanera
(from Carmen)
Music by Georges Bizet
Used as the music for the "Blame the Jews" song
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Cartoonish distortion
22 November 2007 | by pawebsterSee all my reviews

The best bits in this are the convincing recreations of the look of the Reichstag and other places associated with the rise of Hitler. It may involve CGI, but this is CGI that works (unlike in many much more expensive productions).

The script is ropey. Especially in the early stages the characters lecture each other with historical information they would all already know, for the benefit of viewers - a classic mistake. Later we have Hindenburg talking about defending democracy. Hindenburg was not a democrat. He believed it was his duty to serve the state and to uphold its constitution.

Many have noted that Robert Carlyle's ranting Hitler would never have come to power. He'd have been certified. Why the makers of this went for this one-dimensional treatment is a mystery.

The film suggests that the Nazis could provoke an election just by walking out of the Reichstag chamber - an over-simplification to say the least.

The scenes with the newspaper man do not ring true at all, and are an embarrassment.

It all gets very rushed once Hitler becomes chancellor. The key election after the Reichstag fire is omitted. There is no mention of the Communists and Social Democrats who were missing from the session which passed the enabling law in an atmosphere of fear. The Night of the Long Knives appears to come immediately after this, although it took place 15 months later. It's a hopeless jumble.


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