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The Captain (2017)

Der Hauptmann (original title)
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In the last moments of World War II, a young German soldier fighting for survival finds a Nazi captain's uniform. Impersonating an officer, the man quickly takes on the monstrous identity of the perpetrators he is trying to escape from.

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Robert Schwentke
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Hubacher ... Willi Herold
Alexander Fehling ... Junker
Sebastian Rudolph Sebastian Rudolph ... Gefreiter Paul
Max Thommes ... Bursche
Rike Eckermann Rike Eckermann ... Farmer's Wife
Jörn Hentschel ... Farmer
Milan Peschel ... Freytag
Alexander Hörbe ... Schnabel Wirt
Ferdinand Dörfler Ferdinand Dörfler ... Farmer 1
Harald Warmbrunn Harald Warmbrunn ... Farmer 2
Stefan Feddersen-Clausen Stefan Feddersen-Clausen ... Deserteur
Kordian Rekowski Kordian Rekowski ... Totschläger
Frederick Lau ... Kipinski
Sebastian Grempka Sebastian Grempka ... Bomber
Damien Rabjastajn Damien Rabjastajn ... Flak Soldat 1
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The Captain follows Willi Herold (Max Hubacher), a German army deserter who stumbles across an abandoned Nazi captain's uniform during the last, desperate weeks of the Third Reich. Newly emboldened by the allure of a suit that he stole only to stay warm, Willi discovers that many Germans will follow the leader, whosoever that happens to be. A parade of fresh atrocities follow in the self-declared captain's wake, and serve as a profound reminder of the consequences of social conformity and untrammeled political power. Simultaneously a historical docudrama, a tar-black comedy, and a sociological treatise, The Captain presents fascism as a pathetic pyramid scheme, a system to be gamed by the most unscrupulous and hollow-souled. Written by Music Box Films

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Trivia

The scenes where Boyce is disturbed by soldiers whilst he is looking into the spy holes of the cells... you can see behind him a grave stone tablet upon which is the name Moreau.... this may be a nod to a story by HG Wells and several movies called the Island of Dr Moreau. In this story a man finds himself shipwrecked on a tropical island where the owner, a Dr Moreau, has been experimenting on humans and animals to create hybrid creatures similar to the experiments being carried out by the Nazis in this movie. See more »

Goofs

Some German soldiers have a skull painted on their helmet. This specific type of skull decal was used by a Finnish army unit (1st battalion, infantry regiment 46) in the continuation war 1941-1944. A famous colorized photo of three Finnish soldiers in a trench wearing this sort helmet decal of is often incorrectly associated with Germans or the SS. See more »

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The end credits show "Task Force Herold" marching through present day Germany and interrogating unsuspecting civilians. See more »

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the fear
27 December 2018 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

To me, it reminds Medieval stories about an accident changing everything. The man, the world as the best self definition. A film about fear. Its roots, its fruits, the absolute power covering all and the fragility of illegim position as source of cruel gestures and long chain of improvisations. The best point of film - the superb performance of Milan Peschel as Freytag. The simplicity of profound good man front to the high cruelty, knowing the truth, preserving respect, in the shell of a deep shock behind the gestures of young Herold. All is reflected by the great art of Peschel. The war becomes only pretext for the instincts of a falling world. The beautiful cinematography, the memories about similarities with films by Fellini or B>ergman, the veil of ash around each scene, the last words on screen about a private and his illusion of power , the predictable end of a story who is more real than reality .


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Language:

German

Release Date:

27 July 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Görlitz, Saxony, Germany See more »

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Budget:

EUR5,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,568, 29 July 2018

Gross USA:

$109,226

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,196,669
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2.35 : 1
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