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The story of the final seven months in the life of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ulrich Tukur ... Erwin Rommel
Tim Bergmann ... Oberstleutnant Hofacker
Johannes Silberschneider ... Adolf Hitler
Benjamin Sadler ... General Speidel
Rolf Kanies ... Oberst Finckh
Arthur Klemt Arthur Klemt ... Helmut Knochen
Thomas Limpinsel Thomas Limpinsel ... Horst
Patrick Mölleken ... Manfred Rommel
Robert Schupp ... Aldinger
Peter Wolf Peter Wolf ... Kaltenbrunner
Hubertus Hartmann Hubertus Hartmann ... Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel
Klaus J. Behrendt Klaus J. Behrendt ... General Guderian
Hans Kremer Hans Kremer ... General Marcks
Michael Kranz ... Fahrer Karl Daniel
Hanns Zischler ... Gen. Feldmarschall von Rundstedt
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In November 1943 Hitler moves Rommel and his Army Group B headquarters to Normandy. The task is the defense of the French coast against the long-anticipated Allied invasion. In Normandy, Rommel notices the incomplete state of the defensive fortifications, the slow pace of constructing the Atlantic Wall, and the lack of preparedness of the defending units mostly comprised of poorly-trained conscripts. Appalled by this Rommel urges his troops to hasten the pace of the Atlantic Wall construction and he begs the German High Command to place more veteran battle-hardened divisions under his command. He especially wishes to have panzer divisions and SS divisions at his disposal for a powerful counter-attack against Allied landings. Hitler refuses to release the vital panzer divisions to Rommel's command and to make matters worse, Rommel gets wind of a possible assassination plot against Hitler. Written by nufs68

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From the landings to the assassination attempt.


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Germany | France | Austria

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German | French | English

Release Date:

1 November 2012 (Germany) See more »

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La Roche Guyon, France See more »

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€6,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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While a lot of German generals are presented in this movie, Von Rundstedt usually did not wear the general's collar insignia, but the regular officer's double bar with a white background from the parade uniform. These were signs of his rank as honorary colonel of his old regiment. It is as peculiar as Montgomery with his two badges on his beret. The white double bar can be seen on the movie A Bridge Too Far (1977), with Wolfgang Preiss as Von Rundstedt. See more »

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The movie starts with a car traveling through the woods and it shows the date October 14, 1944 in Germany. By the color of the leaves, all green, it looks like the middle of the summer and not the autumn in October at all. See more »

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Compelling.
10 September 2015 | by rmax304823See all my reviews

It's an exceptionally good television movie. The performances are uniformly fine, the photography is crisp, judicious use is made of computer-generated effect, and the narrative covering the last seven months of Field Marshall Ervin Rommel is convincing.

It's less dramatic and more believable than James Mason's tortured Rommel in "The Desert Fox," less corny actually. This Rommel never kisses his wife, Lucy. He just nuzzles her. And he does not stop on the doorstep every time he leaves and whisper, "Good-bye, Darling." Ulrich Tukur's Rommel marches through his battles and finds himself in a conundrum with only one solution. He's all business and dignity. The effect is less dramatic but more believable.

In "The Desert Fox" we are never told exactly what it was that Rommel did that earned him a death sentence. Here, we learn that he knew of the plot against Hitler but refused involvement. He would have gone along with Hitler's arrest but not his assassination. That accords with what I've read elsewhere. He knew something was afoot, and he knew many of the men behind the plan, but not exactly what they intended.

In "The Desert Fox," Mason as Rommel protests that he is a soldier, not a politician. Here the message is spelled out in boldface. He had wistful dreams, not mentioned in this film, of surrendering peacefully to the Western Allies and perhaps even forming an alliance with them against the Bolsheviks. That's not a politician speaking.

The story is a kind of docudrama in which events are presented pretty much as they happened. Private conversations, of course, are fabricated. However, it's gripping throughout -- a docudrama, yes, but a very carefully thought-out and executed docudrama.


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