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It Happened on July 20th (1955)

Es geschah am 20. Juli (original title)
A dramatic reconstruction of the July 1944 attempt by German Army Officers to assassinate Hitler with a bomb and end the war before Germany was totally destroyed.

Director:

Georg Wilhelm Pabst (as G.W. Pabst)

Writers:

Werner P. Zibaso (as W.P. Zibaso), Gustav Machatý
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernhard Wicki ... Oberst Graf v. Stauffenberg
Karl Ludwig Diehl ... Generaloberst a.D. Beck
Carl Wery Carl Wery ... Generaloberst Fromm
Erik Frey Erik Frey ... General Olbricht
Kurt Meisel ... SS-Obergruppenführer
Albert Hehn ... Major Remer
Til Kiwe ... Oberleutnant v. Haeften
Jochen Hauer Jochen Hauer ... Generalfeldmarschall Keitel
Walter Holten Walter Holten ... Generaloberst Hoepner
Hans Cossy Hans Cossy ... General Fellgiebel
Annemarie Sauerwein Annemarie Sauerwein ... Frau Olbricht
Hans Baur ... General
Harry Hardt ... General Heusinger
Oliver Hassencamp Oliver Hassencamp ... Oberst Möllendorf
Malte Jaeger Malte Jaeger ... Berthold von Stauffenberg
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A dramatic reconstruction of the July 1944 attempt by German Army Officers to assassinate Hitler with a bomb and end the war before Germany was totally destroyed. Written by Patrick Dominick <p-dominick@adfa.oz.au>

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The same year the Pabst film came out, another film on the same subject, called "July 20th," by Falk Harnack also came out in Germany. See more »

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Version of The Plot to Kill Hitler (1990) See more »

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Hitler lebt!
11 March 2020 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

The total number of attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler has never been truly established but the fact that Hitler escaped them all is absolutely mind-boggling. He sustained minor injuries in what is undoubtedly the most renowned of these plots, that of July 1944. Had not the suitcase containing the bomb been moved behind a thick table leg seconds before the blast.....pure supposition of course. Following the failed attempt the gruesome fates of the well-intentioned conspirators and the subsequent purge of thousands have been well-documented. G.W.Pabst has chosen to depict the events in a clinical, matter-of-fact manner and although it cannot be faulted as a factual account, judged purely as a film it is regrettably rather dull. We are at least spared the spectacle of a ranting Hitler and just see the back of an actor's head. The film is of value as an historical document but could not a director of Pabst's ability have made it slightly more 'entertaining'?


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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

19 June 1955 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

It Happened on July 20th See more »

Filming Locations:

Coburg, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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