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Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil (1985)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | TV Movie 17 February 1985
The story of Helmut and Karl Hoffmann. Both come of age at the start of Hitler's power in Germany. Helmut joins the SS and eventually becomes a successful flag rank officer. Karl joins the ... See full summary »

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Jim Goddard

Writer:

Lukas Heller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Shea ... Karl Hoffmann
Bill Nighy ... Helmut Hoffmann
Lucy Gutteridge ... Mitzi Templer (nightclub singer)
David Warner ... Reinhard Heydrich
Warren Clarke ... Becker (SS assistant to Dietrich)
Michael Elphick ... Ernst Röhm (SA Chief)
Stratford Johns ... Uncle Walter (bartender)
Robert Urquhart Robert Urquhart ... Albrecht Hoffman
José Ferrer ... Prof. Ludwig Rosenberg
Carroll Baker ... Gerda Hoffman
Tony Randall ... Putzi (The Comedian)
John Normington ... Heinrich Himmler
Derek Newark Derek Newark ... Theodor Eicke
Paul Brooke ... Gen. Josef Biegler, SA
Colin Jeavons ... Adolf Hitler
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The story of Helmut and Karl Hoffmann. Both come of age at the start of Hitler's power in Germany. Helmut joins the SS and eventually becomes a successful flag rank officer. Karl joins the SA and experiences the darker side of Nazism after the SA is disbanded and Karl is thrown into prison and later conscripted into the German army. Brother is pitted against brother until their relationship, and the Third Reich, stands in ruins Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Brother is pitted against brother under the shadow of the Third Reich.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hitler SS: El retrato del mal See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

David Warner reprised his role of SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, whom he previously portrayed in Holocaust (1978). See more »

Goofs

On the train to murder the SA leadership, a scene shows several enlisted SS members wearing officer uniforms with enlisted insignia. See more »

Quotes

Helmutt Hoffmann: Well, who needs Revolutionaries when the Revolution has already been achieved?
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Alternate Versions

In the version of the film shown on the History Channel's "Movies in Time" series, about 30-45 minutes of dialogue is cut from various scenes and conversations. This was necessary to have the running time under three and a half hours to allow for the Movies in Time commentary and interviews at the beginning and end of the feature. See more »

Soundtracks

Wenn die Soldaten,
sung on train to the Night of the Long Knives
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A different perspective.
13 December 2003 | by theredcometSee all my reviews

What I particularly liked about this movie was the fact that it showed a view of the Nazi regime from a different perspective, that of two young German brothers.

In the beginning when the Nazi party is first coming to power we see the life of two young German men. Like everyone else in Germany at that time they too are caught up in Hitler's fanaticism. One brother joins the S.A. and is chided by the other for going along with that "rubbish". But he ends up getting caught up in the S.S. when he is confronted by Heydrich at his university who then persuades him to join not for his beliefs in politics but for his intelligence. Neither knew what they were getting themselves into.

What's most interesting about this story is the emotional aspects. Seeing how the brothers reacted to things that were starting to happen in the Third Reich. It was all minuscule all first. Seeing S.A. officers push an old man down some stairs. The noble but innocent younger brother tries throughout the war to change the evil that was happening all around him but finds that he is blatantly overwhelmed by opposition from his fellow Germans. While the older brother accepts what he cannot change and tries to help his younger brother into being smarter about his actions. Both are forced along a path that is becoming increasingly harder to follow. It definitely shows how some Germans were forced to go along with what was happening or be killed themselves.

The acting in this movie was really well done. My only gripe was that the actors had British accents all throughout the movie which made you wake up from the story and detract from the realism. Some parts I busted up laughing seeing these guys in Nazi uniforms talking in thick British accents. But the acting by the two brothers was very good and believable. It was very emotional to see what they were going through and felt as they watched people die and the world change around them.


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