Rousing biopic of Paul Kruger, the Boer guerilla fighter turned statesman and first president of South Africa.

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Lucie Höflich ...
Sanna Krüger
Werner Hinz ...
Jan Krüger
Ernst Schröder ...
Adrian Krüger
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Frau Kock
Gisela Uhlen ...
Petra Krüger
Hedwig Wangel ...
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Chamberlain
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Kommandant de Wett
Friedrich Ulmer ...
Generalkommandant Joubert
Eduard von Winterstein ...
Kommandant Cronje
Fritz Hoopts ...
Feldkornett Colson
Max Gülstorff ...
Staatssekretär Reitz
Walter Werner ...
Abgeordneter Kock
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Rousing biopic of Paul Kruger, the Boer guerilla fighter turned statesman and first president of South Africa.

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4 April 1941 (Germany)  »

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Trivia

Passed by the Censor on April 2nd, 1941. See more »

Goofs

On the posters during the protests it is said "Neder met Engeland", meaning "Down with England". However the original line in Afrikaans should have been "Saam met Engeland" or "Neer met Engeland". See more »

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Chamberlain: The governmant of her majesty is happy to raise a friendly relationship with the State of the Boers.
Ohm Krüger: The important thing on such contracts is that is is made good as well.
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At the end of the movie, instead of the word "Ende" (The End) the company's logo "Tobis" appears. See more »

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Featured in The Goebbels Experiment (2005) See more »

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Das macht das Klima von Paris
Music by Theo Mackeben
Lyrics by Hans Fritz Beckmann
Danced by Gerd Danker with the Ballett des Theathers am Nollendorfplatz-Berlin
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Revealing, Though Not as Intended
11 July 2001 | by (Falls Church, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Paulus "Oom Paul" Kruger (1825-1904) was president of the Transvaal(1883-1900) and leader of the Boers during the Boer War (1899-1902). Although defeated by the British, Kruger achieved considerable acclaim for his stout fight against the odds.

In the film, a blind and exiled Kruger recounts the war to his young nurse. The British are depicted as clever, duplicitous, and ruthless. The Boers are shown as resolute and valiant, but ultimately as victims. So the film served Nazi audiences as both an inspiration and as a warning - honor the Boer's heroism but don't let their fate befall you!

Jannings is excellent as Kruger and the caricatures of the British villains (Queen Victoria, Lord Kitchener, Winston Churchill - complete with bulldog) are sometimes amusing, but the spectacle scenes (a Boer "off to war" parade and the battle sequences) are much too long and poorly edited. The final massacre of women and children in a British concentration camp is clearly derived from the Odessa Steps sequence in Eisenstein's "Potemkin."

Propaganda pictures are seldom effective and "Ohm Kruger" is no exception. Everything in the film is taken too far, but then the Nazis had a tendency to go too far. In that sense, "Ohm Kruger"reflects their perspective very well.


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