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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

At 1 hour 36 minutes a guard is shown on the guard tower behind the soldiers but after the scenes change and get back to them the guard is no more there. 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 »

Crazy Credits

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

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Missed the mark for me
5 March 2019 | by TopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

I get the B&W but what was with the single color shot? Good biopic but the 2 hour length felt much longer with the slow pace and long shots. This film should've been edited down to 90 mins max. Otherwise, the directing and cinematography were great, and the acting on point. Not a bad foreign film, but I think it could have been better. It's a 7/10 from me


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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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Box Office

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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Dolby Digital | DTS

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Black and White | Color (one scene)| Color (one shot)| Color (one sequence)| Color (Japan)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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