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The Man Who Crossed Hitler (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | TV Movie 21 August 2011
In November 1930 brown-shirted storm troopers of Hitler's SA break into the Communist Eden Palace club,killing several members. Jewish lawyer Hans Litten prosecutes them and,at the ... See full summary »

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Justin Hardy

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Mark Hayhurst
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Stoppard ... Hans Litten
Ian Hart ... Adolf Hitler
Bill Paterson ... Kurt Ohnesorge
Sarah Smart ... Margot Fürst
Anton Lesser ... Rudolf Olden
John Hollingworth ... Max Fürst
Ronan Vibert ... Walther Stennes
Ruth McCabe ... Irmgard Litten
Will Keen ... Hans Frank
Robert O'Mahoney Robert O'Mahoney ... Fritz Litten
Alexander Hanson Alexander Hanson ... Wilhelm Bruckner (as Alex Hanson)
Terry Byrne Terry Byrne ... Jewish Diner
Chris Patrick-Simpson ... Brownshirt (as Chris Simpson)
Nigel O'Neill ... Court Courier
Patrick FitzSymons ... Communist Official (as Patrick Fitzsymons)
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In November 1930 brown-shirted storm troopers of Hitler's SA break into the Communist Eden Palace club,killing several members. Jewish lawyer Hans Litten prosecutes them and,at the suggestion of his boss Rudolf Olden,agrees to sub-poena Hitler,who had supposedly renounced violence yet who clearly supported the SA, to discredit him as a popular figure. Against the advice of his assistant Margot Furst Hans prepares his case,even involving Stennes, a rival Nazi to Hitler. At the trial Hans,the practised lawyer,runs rings round Hitler,who is frequently unable to answer his questions. The Brown Shirts are convicted but it is a Pyrrhic victory for two years later Hitler will become chancellor,Hans will be arrested and he will die in Dachau concentration camp. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hitler on Trial See more »

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16 : 9
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[in court, Hitler is trying to defend Litten's allegations of brutality]
Adolf Hitler: When we first marched through Berlin in 1927, people threw flowers from their windows to greet us.
Hans Litten: [ironically] With the plant pots still attached, I believe.
[laughter]
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A worthy but not very interesting dramatization of an overlooked part of Hitler history
28 June 2018 | by benm-41751See all my reviews

Hitler on Trial (as this docudrama is called in North America) is a bit smart, a bit funny, a bit suspenseful, but also quite a bit dry. The first half especially feels like a stuffy attempt to dramatize the people shown, mainly by putting what they feel into the script instead of into the scene. For this part of the movie, the fact that the actors are painfully British and not at all German makes the film even harder to enjoy.

As the titular intrigue begins, however, things become more suspenseful and engaging. With Hitler in the courtroom, the fact that the scene is played out by clearly British, English-speaking actors allows the English world to experience Hitler's rhetoric in a new way and try to imagine what it would be like to confront.

What says a lot about this film is that the 1-hour documentary included on the DVD is exponentially more interesting and moving than the film itself. Nonetheless, Hitler on Trial makes a good effort to bring an often forgotten part of Nazi Germany's history - the time Hitler was confronted with his contradictions in court - to life.


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