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Conspiracy (2002)

Kenneth Branagh , Stanley Tucci , Frank Pierson  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (546 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci
  • Directors: Frank Pierson
  • Writers: Loring Mandel
  • Producers: Nick Gillott
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (546 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YUO1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,092 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Conspiracy" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Cast/crew biographies
  • Two featurettes

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By the winter of 1942, Hitler's dream of Aryan supremacy had become a nightmare. His armies could be found freezing and starving on the Eastern front, and America's fighting forces had just entered the war to the West. On January 20th of that year, 15 officials attended a conference at Wannsee on the outskirts of Berlin. Comprised of mid-ranking SS commanders and a variety of government ministers, the meeting was organized by SS Major Adolf Eichman, under the direction of the ruthless and efficient Chief of Security Reinhard Heydrich. It was to be a polite conference with food, wine and some debate, but beneath this thin veneer of manners lay an evil intent. By the meeting's close, the fate of six million lives would be decided, and a terrible machine put into operation that would alter the shape of the world. Conspiracy is based on the only surviving record of that meeting. It would be the blueprint for Hitler's "final solution."

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By the winter of 1942, Hitler's dream of Aryan supremacy had become a nightmare. His armies could be found freezing and starving on the Eastern front, and America's fighting forces had just entered the war to the West. On January 20th of that year, 15 officials attended a conference at Wannsee on the outskirts of Berlin. Comprised of mid-ranking SS commanders and a variety of government ministers, the meeting was organized by SS Major Adolf Eichmann, under the direction of the ruthless and efficient Chief of Security Reinhard Heydrich. It was to be a polite conference with food, wine and some debate, but beneath this thin veneer of manners lay an evil intent. By the meeting's close, the fate of six million lives would be decided, and a terrible machine put into operation that would alter the shape of the world. Conspiracy is based on the only surviving record of that meeting. It would be the blueprint for Hitler's "final solution."

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314 of 321 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Our most important war...." July 27, 2003
Format:DVD
"Conspiracy" is a perfect example of what happens when you pair a first-class cast with a first-rate script. You discover (or re-discover) that you do not need explosions, MTV-style editing or gimmickery to tell a good tale. This movie has all the budget and movement of a play, and is entirely dialogue-driven. But it works. Oh boy, does it work.
It is generally credited by historians that the infamous "Wansee Conference" of January 1942 was the real beginning of the Holocaust, i.e. of the Nazi Reich's all-out effort to exterminate the Jews of Europe. Prior to that, the Reich had contented itself with kicking them out of public life, taxing them into beggary, subjecting them to every form of humiliation, and essentially negating their status as human beings. When the war started, however, this policy, known as the 'emigration solution' (i.e., solve the "problem" of Jews living in the Reich by forcing them to emigate) became obsolete. The inefficient and corrupt Nazi bureaucracy was ill-suited even to handle the relatively small population of German Jews; and Nazi conquests, however, quickly increased the number of Jews in German-occupied territories to around eleven million. In other words, the very success of the German military effort in Europe had actually increased the size of the 'Jewish problem' a hundred times over. And since forcible emigration of 11 million people outside the German sphere of influence was not possible, something else had to be done to tackle this 'problem.' But what?
"Conspiracy" is about the bureacratic genesis of the Holocaust.
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148 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Final Solution to a storage problem August 3, 2003
Format:DVD
CONSPIRACY serves as a reminder of the banality of human evil, even at its most horrific.
On January 20, 1942, with Nazi armies stalled in the snow at the gates of Moscow, a lakeside mansion in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee is the venue for a conference. Fifteen government bureaucrats and high ranking officers of the SS gather. History is advised to remember these otherwise appallingly ordinary representatives of the human species: SS General Reinhard Heydrich (Reich Security Main Office), SS Lt. Colonel Adolf Eichmann (Office of Jewish Affairs), SS Lt. General Heinrich Müller (Gestapo), Gerhard Klopfer (Nazi Party Chancellery), Wilhelm Kritzinger (Reichs-Chancellery), SS Lt. General Otto Hofmann (Race and Settlement Main Office), Dr. Georg Liebbrandt and Dr. Alfred Meyer (Reichs-Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories), Dr. Wilhelm Stuckart (Reichs-Ministry of the Interior), Undersecretary Martin Luther (Foreign Ministery), SS Major Rudolf Lange (SS Taskforces in Latvia), Director Erich Neumann (Office of the Four Year Plan), Dr. Joseph Bühler and SS Colonel Karl Schöngarth (Government-General of Occupied Poland), and Dr. Roland Freisler (Reichs-Ministry of Justice).
Even after coerced emigration, 132,000 Jews remain in Germany. As the Wehrmacht gobbles up territory, millions more - potentially 11 million - will come under Nazi control. As it's put in this film, there's a burgeoning "storage problem", and the chairman of the meeting, Heydrich (Kenneth Branagh), is calling for unanimous agreement on a "final solution".
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Coldly brilliant December 3, 2006
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The film documents a meeting held during WW2, when SS second-in-command, Reinhard Heydrich, assembles a group of Nazi bureaucrats and functionaries to 'discuss the final solution of the Jewish question'. In the sublime surroundings of a German country house, the assembled mingle for drinks, enjoy a first class buffet lunch and debate whether execution or sterilisation is the most efficient option of eliminating an entire race of people.

Credit must be given to Kenneth Branagh who propels the entire piece with one of the best portrayals on screen in memory. He is utterly convincing in the role of a man who epitomises the classic definition of evil: not just the doing of wrong, but the perversion of the human spirit so that it no longer has any perception of the good.

Overall this is an excellent film that benefits from great acting, a great script and great direction.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! June 14, 2002
Format:DVD
This is exactly what television should be like: intelligent, thought-provoking, brilliantly written and acted. The Wannsee Conference, held on January, 20, 1942, was convened by Reinhard Heydrich, Himmler's second in command of the SS (Kenneth Branagh), chillingly assisted by his deputy Eichmann (Stanley Tucci), near Berlin: it gathered 15 top Nazi bureaucrats to coordinate the Final Solution in which the Nazis would attempt to exterminate the entire Jewish population of Europe. The attendants kept minutes, so that this teleplay is based largely on historical fact. The genius of the actors, director Frank Pierson and writer Loring Mandel is to make us understand how ordinary top bureaucrats could be pushed into accepting the ultimate horror - and to make this into an entertaining, and sometimes even very funny movie. The writing is so crisp you want to remember every line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The UK knows how to tell a story. They ...
The UK knows how to tell a story. They find stories from history they suppose might be interesting. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Frederick W. Hacker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie.
Published 1 day ago by Paul E. Tartar
4.0 out of 5 stars Easily overlooked part of true determining History in late WWll
Super Interesting part of History,
SPOILER ALERT--
The title is a bit confusing as they were empowered to conduct the accelerated killings. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Hondafish
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performance
The film recreates a one-day secret meeting aiming to resolve a "Jew storage" problem. The meeting took place in 1942, when Nazis were planning their Russian campaign which, they... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Tania Laremore
1.0 out of 5 stars Abysmal
Poor acting
Published 3 days ago by Berring
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely true to the transcipt. Uniforms and regalia all accurate. And as always, Branagh is a superb actor.
Published 3 days ago by Michael Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Chillingly Facinating!!!!
Chillingly fascinating!!! I watched with horrified amazement the inner workings on the how to carry out of the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question! Read more
Published 3 days ago by Robert Sparks
4.0 out of 5 stars An intelectual movie about a historical event, the decision by Nazi...
An excellent look into the inner workings of the Nazi leaders, both for and against, in World War II as they made a decision to create genocide toward the Jewish race and how to... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Newsguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent acting, quite informative
Published 5 days ago by Frank Campos
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's a real eye opener!
Published 5 days ago by Dwight Szpak
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