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Eichmann (2007)

TV-MA | | Biography, Drama, History | October 2009 (USA)
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Based upon the final confession of Adolf Eichmann, made before his execution in Israel as he accounts to Captain Avner Less, a young Israeli Police Officer, of his past as the architect of ... See full summary »

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Robert Young

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Snoo Wilson (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Avner W. Less Avner W. Less ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Thomas Kretschmann ... Adolf Eichmann
Troy Garity ... Avner Less
Franka Potente ... Vera Less
Stephen Fry ... Minister Tormer
Delaine Yates ... Miriam Fröhlich
Tereza Srbova ... Baroness Ingrid von Ihama (as Tereza Srbová)
Judit Viktor Judit Viktor ... Ann Marie
Stephen Greif ... Hans Lipmann
Dénes Bernáth Dénes Bernáth ... Benjamin
Bernadett Kis Bernadett Kis ... Sarah
Tilly O'Neil Tilly O'Neil ... Hannah (as Tilly Golding)
László Bereczki László Bereczki ... David
Alexis Latham Alexis Latham ... Dubois
Scott Alexander Young ... Robert Servatius
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Based upon the final confession of Adolf Eichmann, made before his execution in Israel as he accounts to Captain Avner Less, a young Israeli Police Officer, of his past as the architect of Hitler's plan for the final solution. Captured by intelligence operatives in Argentina, 15 years after World War II, Eichmann (Kretschmann), the World's most wanted man, must be broken down and the truth unveiled. As the world waits, two men must confront each other in a battle of wills- the result of which will change a nation forever. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Hungary | UK

Language:

English | German | Hebrew | Spanish

Release Date:

October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Solução Final See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eichmann is played by German actor Thomas Kretschmann whose wife is Jewish. See more »

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The scene in Theresienstadt which we are told is set in April 1945 where he discusses sending trains from there to Auschwitz - a somewhat pointless exercise as the Soviet Army had liberated Auschwitz in January 1945. See more »

Quotes

Adolf Eichmann: [''Eichmann and the Baroness are making out. Eichmann boasts about the number of Jews he has ordered to their deaths throughout Europe as "sex talk"''] Your ancestor would have approved my modern victory against the Orients. In six months I cleansed Vienna of every Jew.
Baroness Ingrid von Ihama: You don't go far enough... while you can.
Adolf Eichmann: I don't go far enough?
Baroness Ingrid von Ihama: Out of 900,000 Hungarian Jews you have killed only half a million. You're careless. You let them slip through your fingers.
Adolf Eichmann: Poland - three million Jews. Today none ...
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Soundtracks

Waltz in C Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
Music composed by Frédéric Chopin (as Fryderyk Chopin)
Performed by Michiko Otaki
Arranged by Paul Reeves
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Not great, but not rubbish
17 October 2008 | by lexo1770See all my reviews

There are a lot of things about "Eichmann" which seem curiously wrong. For one thing, this Eichmann is a lot more interesting and colourful than the real man appears to have been. There's a bizarre scene in which he is challenged by his very weird Hungarian mistress to shoot a baby; I won't give away whether or not he does so, but it's not something I've ever heard of before. This Eichmann is a womaniser, a bit of a boozer, altogether a more louche and raffish figure than the rather dull bureaucrat that I've always read Eichmann described as.

Yes, the film suffers from some weird accents. Thomas Kretschmann, as Eichmann himself, speaks in a clipped German accent; Troy Garity, Franka Potente and Stephen Fry (in a bizarre but oddly convincing performance as, of all things, the Israeli Minister of Justice) all have indeterminately foreign accents, and none of it really makes sense.

Having said that, Kretschmann carries off the job he has been asked to do, and Garity is really very good as Avner Less, who was not Eichmann's prosecutor (as someone else stated) but his interrogator. Less was not a lawyer but a police officer. The subplot of his wife being chronically ill is presumably there because it was true; it would have been better if they'd left it out, because what drama there is in this film is the battle of wills between Less the dogged interrogator and Eichmann the stolidly evasive interrogatee.

I note in passing that Stephen Fry might almost be the rather more well-fed first cousin, or perhaps uncle, of Ciaran Hinds in "Munich". The accent is the same, and the tallness, slicked-down hair and intimidating bulk is very similar.

If they'd toned down the lurid stuff about Eichmann's sex life and focused on what he actually did for a living, this could have been as good as "Conspiracy". Pity.


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