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The Night of the Generals (1967)

In 1942, a Polish prostitute and German Agent is murdered in Warsaw. Suspicion falls on three Generals, and Major Grau (Omar Sharif) of German Intelligence seeks justice which ends up taking decades.

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Anatole Litvak

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Joseph Kessel (adapted for the screen by), Paul Dehn (adapted for the screen by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... General Tanz
Omar Sharif ... Major Grau
Tom Courtenay ... Corporal Hartmann
Donald Pleasence ... General Kahlenberge
Joanna Pettet ... Ulrike
Philippe Noiret ... Inspector Morand
Charles Gray ... General von Seidlitz-Gabler
Coral Browne ... Eleanore von Seidlitz-Gabler
John Gregson ... Colonel Sandauer
Nigel Stock ... Otto
Christopher Plummer ... Field Marshal Rommel
Juliette Gréco ... Juliette (as Juliette Greco)
Yves Brainville Yves Brainville ... Liesowski
Sacha Pitoëff ... Doctor (as Sacha Pitoeff)
Charles Millot ... Wionczek
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Storyline

In 1942 Warsaw, a Polish prostitute is murdered in a sadistic way. Major Grau (Omar Sharif), an Agent from German Intelligence who believes in justice, is in charge of the investigation. An eyewitness saw a German General leaving the building after a scream of the victim. A further investigation shows that three Generals do not have any alibi for that night: General Tanz (Peter O'Toole), Major General Klaus Kahlenberge (Donald Pleasence), and General von Seidlitz-Gabler (Charles Gray). The three avoid direct contact with Major Grau and become potential suspects. As Major Grau gets close to them, he is promoted and sent to Paris. In 1944 Paris, this quartet is reunited, and Major Grau continues his investigation. Meanwhile, a plan for killing Adolf Hitler is plotted by his high command, a romance between Ulrike von Seidlitz-Gabler (Joanna Pettet) and Lance Corporal Kurt Hartmann (Sir Tom Courtenay) is happening and Inspector Morand (Philippe Noiret) is helping Major Grau in his ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A manhunt explodes with shock and excitement! See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | Italian | Spanish | French

Release Date:

24 February 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noite dos Generais See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (Westrex Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Polish army contributed approximately two hundred troops to play German soldiers, and they also provided their own weapons, tanks, and vehicles. Not all of them were period-correct, however. See more »

Goofs

During the tour of Paris they pass an array of swastika flags, some correctly oriented and some backwards. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Morand: Welcome, Colonel Grau, to the spider's web.
Major Grau: How did you know it was me?
Inspector Morand: What other German Colonel would enter unannounced?
Major Grau: Any SS Colonel would.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are a montage of a Nazi general's clothing and decorations. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was heavily edited for an 'A' (PG) certificate and removed nearly all the references to the victims being whores, as well as shortening the bed scene between Hartmann & Ulrike, the police interrogation of the suspected sex offenders, and editing some of the dialogue describing the murders. Later releases were upgraded to a 15 certificate and were fully uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in I Dream of Jeannie: Jeannie, the Hip Hippie (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

ENTRANCE MARCH
(from Tannhaeuser) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Wagner
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Not bad at all...
22 July 2005 | by Adam FrischSee all my reviews

I agree with the above general sentiment that the story strays a bit too much at times, especially with the rather useless bombing of Hitler as a detour. I do however understand why it's there - it's because by attaching the "good" German generals to the plot of killing Hitler, they let the audience not feel bad for rooting for them. Simple trick, but all in all detrimental to the momentum of the story.

The film is brimming with exceptional acting - O'Toole turns in a particularly vicious and strong performance as General Tanz, but everyone holds their own. It's rare to find a villain so distasteful and yet so intriguing - most filmmakers just content themselves with giving the villain an evil shtick without much character development - not so here.

I saw a newly mastered DVD in full 2.35:1 widescreen presentation and the the cinematography by the late Henri Decae is wonderful in all its glory.

Very interesting movie, please see it.


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