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Fatherland (1994)

In April 1964, more than 20 years after the Nazis won World War II, an SS officer named Xavier March uncovers a plot to eliminate the attendees of the Wannsee Conference so that Germany can establish better relations with the US.

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Christopher Menaul

Writers:

Robert Harris (novel), Stanley Weiser (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger Hauer ... SS-Sturmbannführer Xavier March
Miranda Richardson ... Charlie Maguire
Peter Vaughan ... Nebe
Michael Kitchen ... Jaeger
Jean Marsh ... Anna Von Hagen
John Woodvine ... Luther
John Shrapnel ... General Globus
Clive Russell ... Krebs
Clare Higgins ... Klara
Pavel Andel Pavel Andel ... Man in Dark Coat
Petronella Barker Petronella Barker ... Guide Helga (as Petronella O. Barker)
Sarah Berger Sarah Berger ... Leni Kalder
Jan Bidlas Jan Bidlas ... Bellboy
Stuart Bunce ... Blind Soldier
Charles De'Ath ... Fake Porter
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Storyline

In a world where the Nazis won the Second World War, Germany has corralled all European countries into a single state called Germania, and continues fighting against the Soviet Union. It is now 1964 and Germany's war crimes against the Jews have so far been kept a secret. Germany believes that an alliance with the United States would finally beat the Soviet war machine. As his 75th birthday approaches, Hitler wants to talk peace with President Joseph Kennedy. An SS homicide detective and an American journalist stumble into a plot to destroy all evidence of the genocide; evidence that could destroy the peace process with America and evidence that Nazi and SS leaders will stop at nothing to keep hidden. Written by Rob Hartill

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germany | nazi | ss | detective | hitler | See All (54) »

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It's 1964. What if Hitler had won the war?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

26 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Harmadik Birodalom See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Historically, the Criminal Police of the SS were plains clothes detectives who did not wear black SS uniforms as is depicted in film. The black uniform itself was phased out of the SS in 1941 to be replaced by a wartime gray tunic. Criminal police personnel in occupied countries wore this uniform while those in Germany continued to wear civilian clothes. See more »

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In the movie's alternate reality, the Nazi Empire is called Germania and the city of Berlin remains as such. Actually, according to Hitler's plans, Germania would be Berlin's new name, and occupied territories would not form an empire, but to become Germany's "Lebensraum" (Vital Space). See more »

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Narrator: [closing narration, about Xavier March and Charlie Maguire] I used to wonder why she never got out while she had the chance. But she and my father were the first to see those images of horror. The first to know, and that somehow linked them forever with each other and the victims. So she sat until the Gestapo came for her. Everything had changed. Without the American alliance, Hitler's Reich collapsed. Of course, there are some who say it never happened. Those who look and do not see. The years ...
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Alternate Versions

After the film aired on HBO, a few changes were made for the VHS version. The opening montage of black and white newsreel footage had two or three sentences of narration replaced and the accompanying images changed. In addition, a line was added to the end, an announcer heard over loudspeakers, saying that "President Kennedy is leaving Germany, taking with him the warm wishes of the German people," to make it totally clear to the audience that Kennedy had decided to abandon the alliance with Hitler. See more »

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An interesting "alternative" version of world history
15 May 2005 | by sveknuSee all my reviews

First of all, I haven't read the book. That means I can't compare it with the movie, if anyone is interested in that. The story here is quite interesting. The movie takes place about 20 years after World War II, a war won by Germany. That means many differences from what really happened:

  • All Europe is one single country, Germania (I think)


  • Germania is still at war with the Soviet Union


  • No one really knows about the extermination of the Jews. The official story is that they were deported to Ukraine.


  • The celebration of Hitler's 75th birthday is soon about to take place. The American President is going to make him a visit.


This makes the background for what happens in this movie. A man is found dead, and the investigator gets a mystery to solve that grows bigger as he digs up information.

The movie is quite good, just take into consideration that it's a bit low budget. Remember, it's a TV-movie.

(Something totally different: It was funny seeing a poster of "The Beatles" called "Die Beatles").


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