Downfall ( Untergang, Der ) Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 230

Average Rating: 3.2/4

# of Ratings: 198

Theatrical Release Date: 02/18/2005

Language: German

Genre: Drama, Historical

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Actors: Bruno Ganz, Thomas Kretschmann, Alexandra Maria Lara, Juliane Köhler, Ulrich Matthes, Corinna Harfouch

Plot: The final days of Adolf Hitler are told by his secretary...

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Rating of
4/4

mitchellyoung - wrote on 07/16/2012

Downfall is a fascinating portrait of the last days of Hitler, meted out in meticulous detail that fully creates the disintegrating atmosphere of the end of WWII. Bruno Ganz embodies Hitler's charisma and power and creates an intriguing portrait of a leader on the brink of destruction. The film's historical setting is richly recreated.

Rating of
3.5/4

gideon43 - wrote on 05/31/2010

The final days Of Nazi Germany and its maniacal leader Adolf Hitler are stunningly told in this unforgettable movie. Even 60 years on from events, there is still a lot of sensitivity regarding the portrayal of Hitler in German cinema and this film earns its fair share of controversy. Blending matter of fact, almost banal everyday occurrences with disturbing and shocking images, Downfall creates a claustrophobic induced aura that hooks the viewer in. Neither condemning nor (heaven forbid) glorifying Hitler, this is a movie, which tells a story about the end of one of modern history's darkest hours. It also offers a bleak and chilling reminder of the destructiveness and chaos of human life.

Rating of
4/4

GGauthier - wrote on 06/01/2009

I'm a sucker for WWII flicks and stuff. It thrills me always to realize what would have happened if Hitler would had win the strike against Russia. For so many years he was unstoppable, but then he met his destiny. The monster is even bigger when Bruno Ganz (masterfully) performs and acts he's mustache off. This film is essential at the level of Pianist or Schindlers list. The downfall of insanity, the rising for hope.

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Rating of
4/4

My review of Downfall ( Untergang, Der )

Matthew Brady - wrote on 04/30/2015

So this movie didn't win a Oscar for Bruno Ganz spectacular performance or didn't win for best foreign language film, man f**k the Oscars.

The movie is about a group of young women to Wolf's Lair, Hitler's headquarters in Eastern Prussia. They are candidates for the post of personal secretary to the Fuehrer. Among them is 22-year-old Traudl Junge, a fresh-faced girl from Munich. Traudl is chosen for the job and she is overcome with joy at the thought of serving beside her Fuehrer. BERLIN, APRIL 20, 1945: Hitler has retreated to a bunker system under the German Chancellery. Traudl Junge is asleep in her room, deep beneath the ground. She is awakened by tremors from artillery fire. The enemy is getting closer. Charting the last 10 days of Hitler's life, from his 56th birthday on April …

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Rating of
4/4

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Yojimbo - wrote on 05/21/2012

Based on true life memoirs of people who were actually there, this starkly gripping depiction of the last days of the third reich can hardly be described as an enjoyable experience. The german people are suffering terrible hardship as the attacking Russian forces reach Berlin while Hitler's cowardly henchmen are attempting to make their escape or plotting the murder/suicides of themselves and their families when faced with the consequences of their monstrous actions. Lynch mobs roam the streets dispensing "justice" against suspected traitors (who in Hitler's deranged eyes seemed to include virtually everyone) and ill-equipped professional german soldiers are ordered to fight to the death in the face of certain defeat. The entire cast of the film are superb, but it is Bruno Ganz's …

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Downfall (Untergang, Der) review

Daniel Corleone - wrote on 02/01/2012

An effectively poignant epic war flick about Adolf Hitler’s life in 1945 where the Russians invade Berlin. Hitler (Bruno Ganz) hires Traudl Humps (Alexandra Maria Lara) to be one of his personal secretaries. Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler (Ulrich Noethen) and his SS adjutant Hermann Fegelein (Thomas Kretschmann) persuades Hitler to leave before Berlin falls. Albert Speer, an architect, informs Hitler about a secret regarding his orders while Eva Braun (Juliane Köhler) gets married to Adolf Hitler.

The screenplay, effects and realism was exceptional. A few lines from the movie: Lady –“Life will go on.” Traudl – “It’s all so unreal.” Albert – “Think about it. The children have a right to a future.” Hitler - “They get what they deserve.” “Life doesn’t forgive weakness.” “No …

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