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A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National Socialist German Workers' Party prior to World War II.
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Complete series cast summary:
Peter Stormare ...  Ernst Röhm 2 episodes, 2003
Friedrich von Thun ...  General Erich Ludendorff 2 episodes, 2003
Peter O'Toole ...  President Paul von Hindenburg 2 episodes, 2003
Zoe Telford ...  Eva Braun 2 episodes, 2003
Terence Harvey ...  Gustav von Kahr 2 episodes, 2003
Justin Salinger ...  Dr. Joseph Goebbels 2 episodes, 2003
Chris Larkin ...  Hermann Göring 2 episodes, 2003
James Babson ...  Rudolf Hess 2 episodes, 2003
Patricia Netzer ...  Sophie Gerlich 2 episodes, 2003
Harvey Friedman ...  Friedrich Hollaender 2 episodes, 2003
Nicole Marischka ...  Blandine Ebinger 2 episodes, 2003
Julie-Ann Hassett Julie-Ann Hassett ...  Angela Raubal 2 episodes, 2003
Thomas Brodie-Sangster ...  Adolf Hitler (10 yrs) 2 episodes, 2003
Simon Sullivan Simon Sullivan ...  Adolf Hitler (17 yrs) 2 episodes, 2003
Robert Glenister ...  Anton Drexler 2 episodes, 2003
Ian Hogg ...  Alois Hitler 2 episodes, 2003
Filip Hes Filip Hes ...  Egon Hanfstaengl 2 episodes, 2003
Brendan Hughes Brendan Hughes ...  Lieutenant Guffman 2 episodes, 2003
Howard Lotker Howard Lotker ...  Hans (soldier) 2 episodes, 2003
Robert Russell Robert Russell ...  Franz von Papen 2 episodes, 2003
David Fisher David Fisher ...  Georg Bell 2 episodes, 2003
Hana Frejková ...  Frieda 2 episodes, 2003
Wolfgang Müller Wolfgang Müller ...  Gregor Strasser 2 episodes, 2003
Christopher Ettridge Christopher Ettridge ...  General Kurt von Schleicher 2 episodes, 2003
Robert Carlyle ...  Adolf Hitler 2 episodes, 2003
Stockard Channing ...  Klara Hitler 2 episodes, 2003
Jena Malone ...  Geli Raubal 2 episodes, 2003
Julianna Margulies ...  Helene Hanfstaengl 2 episodes, 2003
Matthew Modine ...  Fritz Gerlich 2 episodes, 2003
Liev Schreiber ...  Ernst Hanfstaengl 2 episodes, 2003
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The movie describes the life of Adolf Hitler from childhood to manhood, and how he became so powerful. It describes his poor childhood in Austria, it describes the first world war from his point of view, and how he became the strongest man in Germany. The movie show us how Hitler turned from a poor soldier into the leader of the Nazis, and how he survived the attempts to kill him. It describes his relationship with his mistress Eva Braun, and his decisions and enemies inside Germany and inside the Nazi party. Written by rsilberman

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"The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke


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18 May 2003 (USA) See more »

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Hitler: The Rise of Evil See more »

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Brno, Czech Republic See more »

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Dolby SR

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In March 2003 while shooting the scenes in Prague on Wenceslas Square, near the National Museum, the movie crew had to put some vehicles in the background to hide candles and flowers laid on a pavement in commemoration of Zdenek Adamec, who committed suicide by self-immolation as a political protest several days before the shooting had begun. Exactly in the same place, exactly in the same way and exactly with the same purpose Jan Palach put the end to his life 34 years earlier. See more »

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When Mrs. Hanfstaengl argues with the housemaid, a yellow position marker is visible on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Friedrich Hollaender: Everyone's depressed - bad for the economy but excellent for cabaret. German people don't need democracy, for God's sake, they need music, laughter, someone to tell them what to do so they can get in line and follow.
Ernst Hanfstaengl: Don't tell me you've become a nationalist?
Friedrich Hollaender: I'm a satirist, Ernst. The most dangerous politician of them all. Speaking of humor, I'm going to hear Hitler tomorrow - would you like to come?
Ernst Hanfstaengl: The anti-Semite?
Friedrich Hollaender: The National Socialist anti-Semite. Call them "Nazis" just to piss them off. ...
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Alternate Versions

Network Seven, in Australia originally aired this as a two part mini series. See more »

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Das Deutschlandlied
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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
21 May 2003 | by tipplerunkusSee all my reviews

"Hitler: The Rise of Evil" was shrouded in controversy before it ever aired, and that controversy may obscure the accomplishment of the film.

Those who criticzed the film, which they hadn't seen, did so with good intentions, based on the misguided thought that it would be overly sympathetic to Hitler. However, they misunderstood the point: to humanize the evil Hitler is not sympathize with him. It is far more disturbing to realize that the unspeakable acts committed by one of history's greatest villains were committed by a human being. A sick, diseased maniac, to be sure, but a human being nonetheless. It is necessary to know the story of how Hitler was able to come to power to prevent it from happening again.

"Rise of Evil" is highlighted by a brilliant, career best performance from Robert Carlyle, who makes Hitler a human being without ever redeeming him in any way. Carlyle flawlessly captures the look and mannerisms of the Nazi leader, while never letting the impersonation become cartoonish or distance us (something Anthony Hopkins was not quite able to accomplish when he portrayed Hitler in "The Bunker", another very good made-for-television film). While were are repulsed by Hitler's depravity and virulent ant-Semitism, Carlyle gives him a certain magnetism and power the real Adolf Hitler must have possesed. After all, while else would a nation have followed him?

Of the various subplots, by far the most compelling features Matthew Modine as reporter Fritz Gehrlich, who makes it his life's work to draw attention to the reality of of Hitler and Nazism. While Modine's performance is a little stilted in part 1, by part 2 he seems to have settled in, the character gives us a real-life hero in a film full of villains. Peter Stormare and Liev Schrieber also give strong support.

Part 1 of this two-part mini series suffered a little bit from being overly choppy, including a look at Hitler's childhood which lasts only the duration of the opening credits. And in part 2, sections detailing Hitler's relationship's with his niece, and his mistress Eva Braun, are less successful than the central plot, but do serve to give us further insight into his mental and emotional state.

Ultimately, no film about Hitler can make us understand him. The average person is, thankfully, incapable of ever understanding a man who would try to exterminate an entire race of people. "Hitler: The Rise of Evil" tries less to make us understand Hitler, and more to make us understand how he came to be power. It is an important story that must be told, and it is impossible to believe anyone who has seen the film would accuse it of having anything but the best of intentions, and the capability of doing anything but good.

9 out of 10. *** 1/2


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