The Twilight Zone (2002–2003)
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Cradle of Darkness 

A woman goes back in time to the birth of Hitler and attempts to interfere so that World War II never happens.


Jean de Segonzac


Rod Serling (created by), Kamran Pasha




Episode cast overview:
Forest Whitaker ... Himself - Host
Katherine Heigl ... Andrea Collins
James Remar ... Alois Hitler
Nancy Sivak Nancy Sivak ... Klara Hitler
Jillian Fargey ... Kristina
Gardiner Millar ... Chief Customs Inspector
Liduina Vanderspek Liduina Vanderspek ... Inspector's Wife
Glynis Davies ... Mentally-Ill Woman
Ian Marsh Ian Marsh ... Police Officer
Mark Burgess Mark Burgess ... Priest
Colin Lawrence ... Daniel Barrett
Linden Banks ... Darren Caulder


A woman goes back in time to the birth of Hitler and attempts to interfere so that World War II never happens.

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Release Date:

2 October 2002 (Canada) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Glynis Davies (Mentally Ill Woman) previously played a believer in The Twilight Zone: The Trance (1988). See more »


Alois Hitler makes numerous racist remarks about Jews and Gypsies and expresses the hope that Germany and Austria will one day be unified. The implication is that Adolf Hitler inherited these attitudes from his father. In reality, Hitler did not become exposed to racist rhetoric until he moved to Vienna to study art in 1907, four years after his father's death. See more »


Forest Whitaker - Host: [closing narration] A moment of silence for Andrea Collins. She sacrificed her life for the good of mankind, but she also created the very monster she sought to destroy. History can never be changed. Not even in The Twilight Zone.
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References The Twilight Zone: No Time Like the Past (1963) See more »

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The Immutability of Time
7 July 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

As a sci fi fan forever, there is only one question to ask when a character travels into the past. What happens to the present? It would seem that events created by a Hitler or his ilk, if changed, would have devastating effects on the present which sent him or her. In other words, what happens to the people who created time travel? Would that science have developed? What other powers would reign supreme; the Russians or the Japanese could have held supremacy, or an Isolationist America. There are so many pitfalls with time travel in the past that it is about as hard to speculate on as any idea. Remember "The Sound of Thunder" from Ray Bradbury. A man steps on a butterfly and the whole world changes. Anyway, this offering shows how forces at work in the cosmos prevent mere mortals from playing God.

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