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Before the Fall (2004)

Napola - Elite für den Führer (original title)
In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) - high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Friedrich Weimer
... Albrecht Stein
Jonas Jägermeyr ... Christoph Schneider
Leon A. Kersten ... Tjaden (as Leon Alexander Kersten)
Thomas Drechsel ... Hefe
... Siegfried Gladen
... Justus von Jaucher
... Vogler
Joachim Bißmeier ... Anstaltsleiter
... Sportlehrer
Justus von Dohnányi ... Gauleiter Heinrich Stein (as Justus von Dohnàny and Justus von Dohnányi)
... Frau Stein
... Katharina (as Julie Marie Engelbrecht)
... Torben Send
Alexander Held ... Friedrichs Vater
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In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) - high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich enrolls, seeing this as his ticket out of factory life to university and a good salary. During his year in seventh column (fifth form), this innocence is altered as Friedrich encounters hazing, cruelty, death, and the Nazi code. His friendship with Albrecht, the ascetic son of the area's governor, is central to this education; a night in the forest hunting for escaped Russian POWs brings things to a head. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Men Make History. We Make The Men.

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Drama | Sport | Thriller | War

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13 January 2005 (Germany)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,036, 9 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$144,065, 21 May 2006
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NaPolA is the acronym for "National-politische Erziehungs-Anstalt" or "National Political Education Institute". See more »

Goofs

At least one of the Napola boxers and one of the training officers have pierced ears. Very unlikely, this being set in Nazi Germany. See more »

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Albrecht Stein: [reading from his essay] "As childish as it sounds, the winter time and the sight of freshly fallen snow always fill us with inexplicable joy. Perhaps because as children, we associated it with Christmas. I always imagine myself the hero who killed dragons, rescued virgins, and freed the world from evil. As we went out yesterday to find the prisoners, I felt like that little boy who wanted to save the world."
Vogler: Albrecht, stop.
Albrecht Stein: But as we returned, I understood that I am part of the evil that I ...
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Referenced in Smagsdommerne: Episode #2.10 (2005) See more »

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Haunting Portrait Of Education Under The Nazis
11 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

Apart form the films of Michael Haneke, this was one of the few German language films in recent years that left a lasting impression on me. It offers a realistic - and haunting - portrayal of what it must have been like for the youths during the dark years of the third reich to be 'bred' and drilled to meet the required Nazi standards for the "master-race". Impressive, well acted cinema from Germany. 8 stars out of 10.

In case you're interested in more underrated gems, here's some of my favorites:

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