UK, Aug. 15, 1939: 17 days before WWII, an English teacher and his camera disappear on a coastal boarding school with 20 German teen girls. Miller gets the job 6 days later, secretly trying to find out what happened.
Summer 1939. Influential families in Nazi Germany have sent their daughters to a finishing school in an English seaside town to learn the language and be ambassadors for a future looking National Socialist. A teacher there sees what is coming and is trying to raise the alarm. But the authorities believe he is the problem.Written by
The names on the Anglo-German Fellowship document are as follows: Eckhard Schafer, Jurgen Fischer, Kurt Weber, Heinrich Krause, Hans Fuchs, Werner Schmidt, Helmut Baumann, Frau Sofia Mayer, George Johnson, Lady Gillian Syth, Edward Chapman, Harold Cole, Mrs. Norah Briscoe, Raymond Davis Hughes, Dr. Arthur Owens, and Duncan Scot*. (*The final letter(s) of Duncan's name were cut off in frame.) See more »
What bring you here Mr. Miller? What sort of English man would accept a position teaching Herr Hitler's league of German girls?
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Top cast, beautiful production, lacks focus
I was excited to see this, as it's Eddie Izzard's first co-written screenplay. I found it very predictable. One protracted chase comes across as unintentionally funny. Another series of dramatic moments during shoot-outs are disappointingly predictable -- as if adapted from dated material and not reworked.
Izzard is excellent, as is Dench. D'arcy's character is strangely under-developed. There is no mention whether the story is based on a true story from IFC or other project announcements, so my assumption is that it is not.
The "close calls" in the film are an "embarrassment of riches," which in detective lingo, indicates fraudulence. Unfortunately, SIX MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT suffers from such an underlying impression.
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