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Hitler: The Rise Of Evil

Released on 20 October 2003

Featuring: Robert Carlyle, Stockard Channing & Jena Malone

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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Motivated by anger and misdirected by ego, Hitler struggles in a world he believes owes him something, enticing Germany in a macabre dance of surrender and control. Emerging from WWI after a stint in the German Army, he accepts their offer to infiltrate and spy on the German Workers' Party. Their nationalism and anti-Semitism match Hitler's virulent personal politics so he strikes while the iron is hot, and by draping his agenda in mythical legends of Aryan superiority, he makes the iron even hotter by repeatedly striking it....

Nominated for no less than seven Emmy awards.
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 ASTOUNDING AND TOTALLY GRIPPING!!!!!!

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I ordered this having read the reviews here and it arrived quick time. Anyhow i intended to watch only part one tonight but having watched it i simply had to continue, this film is brilliant and i would urge everyone to buy this.

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 Outstanding... up there with Downfall and Schindlers List

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This seems more of a documentary than a film, and given that it's presented in two parts that seems more likely.

This "film" is outstanding, the storyline, the characters, the direction and the locations are exceptional.

Whilst downfall feels more realistic as it's still in german as opposed to this one where everyone is very english, this film stands out as potentially the greatest ww2 film.

Robert carlyle is outstanding as hitler and just like the lead in downfall you marvel at how these actors can be so original and unique in what is, lets face it, potentially one of the hardest characters to portray.

Whether you're a fan of ww2 films, looking for a film to educate people with or just want to witness cinema at it's best... This film is a must.

 A GREAT PERFORMANCE BY CARLYLE!

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This two part drama, with a running time of almost three hours, gives us very little insight into the young Adolf Hitler and the stormy relationship with his overbearingly strict father and whizzes through his early years at breakneck speed.

Things slow down when ROBERT CARLYLE takes on the role of the Austrian. We see him develop from homeless outcast to struggling painter, decorated soldier to public speaker and, ultimately, leader of a nation.

What is evident from his intense portrail is that CARLYLE has extensively studied Hitler so he can perfectly mimic the mans mannerisms, something noticeable during the many speech scenes.

He also has strong support from a star-studded cast. MATTHEW MODINE is a dedicated journalist with the courage to speak out against Hitler and JENA MALONE plays the future Fuhrers tragic niece. LIEV SCHREIBER is a wealthy industrialist and JULIANNA MARGUILIES his wife, a woman who becomes obsessed with Hitler, while PETER STORMARE is the ruthless and arrogant SA bully, Rohm. Veteran actor PETER OTOOLE plays the ageing Chancellor Hindenburg in what is, sadly, a rather minor role. None of them try to disguise their voices but the production does not suffer in any way due to this.

As the story progresses we see a Hitler who increasingly blames the Jews for both his own misfortunes and those of Germany itself, who leads a failed coup but through sheer force of will finally joins the National Socialist Party and ousts its ineffective leader, Drexler. Once installed to power we see his reaction to the destruction of the Reichstag and swift assassination of several political rivals and former friends - such as Rohm - who can no longer be controlled or relied upon for support.

The drama ends with Hitler at a Munich Rally and, just before the end credits, gives a brief history of the Fuhrers relentless march to war, his ruthless oppression of the Jews and eventual suicide in 1945 as Germany crumbles around him.

Despite the quality of the drama itself, plus the extensive wealth of information available on the subject matter, Extra Features are extremely sparse and consist solely of the Original Trailer.

 Interesting view on the pre-historic history before WWII

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This is a good buy, you get a glimpse of what went on in Germany. But as written before this is only a glimpse of the history. Because Hitlers mallace rage and psychotic way of behaving doesnt necesarilly make a good movie. But indeed this is a good making of Hitler but I would call it well balanced fragments of his madness. Merely because this is a movie to inform youths as well of how dangerous weapon it became. I believe Carlyle did a great job in waging hitlers demons and an interesting view on what went on in Germany before WWII and the outcome.. I recommend this movie great acting performances and a good well balanced view on Hitlers madness in terms of not frightening too much younger viewers.

 Awesome and powerful

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I watched this movie a while back for my history class and it was as good now as it was then. Robert Carlyle owns this role showing us the bitter frustration and inferiority of hitler that ultimately fuelled his zealous rise to power. An impressive supporting cast back up this unique view into the man that was hitler and how he came to be.

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ActorsRobert Carlyle, Stockard Channing, Jena Malone, Julianna Margulies, Matthew Modine, Liev Schreiber, Peter Stormare, Friedrich von Thun & Peter O'Toole
DirectorChristian Duguay
Certificate12 years and over
Year2003
ScreenWidescreen 1.77:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired
Duration2 hours and 57 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.