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The Man who Crossed Hitler (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | TV Movie 21 August 2011
In November 1930 brown-shirted storm troopers of Hitler's SA break into the Communist Eden Palace club,killing several members. Jewish lawyer Hans Litten prosecutes them and,at the ... See full summary »

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Justin Hardy

Writer:

Mark Hayhurst
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Stoppard ... Hans Litten
Ian Hart ... Adolf Hitler
Bill Paterson ... Kurt Ohnesorge
Sarah Smart ... Margot Fürst
Anton Lesser ... Rudolf Olden
John Hollingworth ... Max Fürst
Ronan Vibert ... Walther Stennes
Ruth McCabe ... Irmgard Litten
Will Keen ... Hans Frank
Robert O'Mahoney Robert O'Mahoney ... Fritz Litten
Alexander Hanson Alexander Hanson ... Wilhelm Bruckner (as Alex Hanson)
Terry Byrne Terry Byrne ... Jewish Diner
Chris Patrick-Simpson ... Brownshirt (as Chris Simpson)
Nigel O'Neill ... Court Courier
Patrick FitzSymons ... Communist Official (as Patrick Fitzsymons)
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In November 1930 brown-shirted storm troopers of Hitler's SA break into the Communist Eden Palace club,killing several members. Jewish lawyer Hans Litten prosecutes them and,at the suggestion of his boss Rudolf Olden,agrees to sub-poena Hitler,who had supposedly renounced violence yet who clearly supported the SA, to discredit him as a popular figure. Against the advice of his assistant Margot Furst Hans prepares his case,even involving Stennes, a rival Nazi to Hitler. At the trial Hans,the practised lawyer,runs rings round Hitler,who is frequently unable to answer his questions. The Brown Shirts are convicted but it is a Pyrrhic victory for two years later Hitler will become chancellor,Hans will be arrested and he will die in Dachau concentration camp. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | History

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hitler on Trial See more »

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16 : 9
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[in court, Hitler is trying to defend Litten's allegations of brutality]
Adolf Hitler: When we first marched through Berlin in 1927, people threw flowers from their windows to greet us.
Hans Litten: [ironically] With the plant pots still attached, I believe.
[laughter]
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An underwhelming revisionist account of history
3 October 2018 | by rockquarry-43536See all my reviews

This film is somewhat entertaining, but should certainly not be classified as "non-fiction." It is a propaganda film, not a historical film, and is fraught with countless inaccuracies and historical errors. For one thing, the time period is said to take place between 1930 and 1931, long before Hitler became Chancellor of Germany - and yet he is repeatedly referred to as "Der Fuhrer." Hitler was not referred to as Fuhrer until after 1934, when that became his official title as Chancellor and Head of State. And this was just in the first 5 minutes of the film. There is little reason to rehash all of the rest of the errors and historical inaccuracies.


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