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Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes View All


Bernd Eichinger (Screenplay), Oliver Hirschbiegel (Director) View All

Release: Sep. 8th, 2004
Runtime: 2 hours, 36 minutes
In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Russian Army closing in from the east and the Allied Expeditionary Force attacking from the west. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his generals and advisers to fight to the last man. When the end finally does come, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end...
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Citizen Rules
As Nazi Germany falls, Hitler and his staff are hold up in the Fuhrer Bunker in Berlin, waiting for the advancing Soviet army and the fate that befalls them.
Rather than centering on Hitler, as I'd assumed the film would, it is a sprawling, interwoven story that takes in everyone from the secretaries to the children of the Goebbels to a young boy who decides he will fight for his country to the bitter end.
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Downfall is an important film in that it is a German film about German history and in that it shows us Nazis as human beings.
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