The official U.S. government film about the 1st Nuremberg trial (The Trial of the Major Nazi War Criminals) which lasted from November 20, 1945 to October 1, 1946.


Stuart Schulberg





Credited cast:
Francis Biddle Francis Biddle ... Self
Karl Dönitz ... Self
Hans Frank Hans Frank ... Self
Wilhelm Frick Wilhelm Frick ... Self
David Maxwell Fyfe David Maxwell Fyfe ... Self
Joseph Goebbels ... Self (as Josef Goebbels)
Hermann Göring ... Self
Rudolf Hess ... Self
Heinrich Himmler ... Self
Adolf Hitler ... Self (archive footage)
Rudolf Hoess ... Self
Robert Jackson ... Self
Alfred Jodl Alfred Jodl ... Self
Iona T. Nikitchenko Iona T. Nikitchenko ... Self (as Ion T. Nikitchenko)
Erich Raeder Erich Raeder ... Self


One of the greatest courtroom dramas in history, NUREMBERG shows how the international prosecutors built their case against the top Nazi war criminals using the Nazis' own films and records. The trial established the "Nuremberg principles" -- the foundation for all subsequent trials for crimes against the peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Commissioned by Pare Lorentz in his capacity as head of Film/Theatre/Film in the U.S. War Department's Civil Affairs Division, it was written & directed by Stuart Schulberg, who completed it in 1948. Written by Sandra Schulberg

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The film interweaves the courtroom proceedings with excerpts from "The Nazi Plan" and "Nazi Concentration Camps" - evidentiary films compiled by John Ford's OSS Field Photo Branch/War Crimes team. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Schulberg/Waletzky Restoration of this film, completed in 2009, featured improved picture and sound elements, some recreated music cues (based on composer Hans-Otto Borgmann's handwritten music cues), and narration by Liev Schreiber. See more »


Referenced in Nuremberg: des images pour l'histoire (2021) See more »

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Review of The Original Version
18 June 2019 | by 16mmRaySee all my reviews

I have a 16mm print of the original version of the film as released by the War Dept. in 1950 (copyright is on the introductory title). Both the 1948 original theatrical release and the 1950 War Dept. release can be found on youtube. The most interesting difference between these two prints of THE ORIGINAL VERSION is that the US release has several mute spots on the soundtrack during the courtroom sequences. These muted sections can be heard in the original 1948 print. The film is a remarkable summary of the crimes committed by and the punishment meted out to the defendants.

As for the 2009 version, released in2010, that is a different film and should be discussed separately. The score has been re-recorded, new narration has been added, courtroom voices have been restored (they were replaced due to issues of aural clarity). In short, it was created from a new millennial frame of reference.

To understand the impact of the original film I suggest you seek out the original version. While the youtube print of the 1948 release is poor, there is a gorgeous 35mm print of the 1950 US version.

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Release Date:

29 September 2010 (USA) See more »

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Nuremberg See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »


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$100,000 (estimated)
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