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Moments before he is to be executed for war crimes, Adolf Eichmann finds himself in a battle of wills with Captain Avner Less, an Israeli police officer, who will stop at nothing to learn the truth behind the atrocities. Starring Thomas Kretschmann, Troy Garity and Stephen Fry.

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  • Actors: Thomas Kretschmann, Troy Garity, Franka Potente, Steven Frye
  • Directors: Robert Young
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047UJBJA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,423 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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99 of 111 people found the following review helpful By 322 US 369 on September 25, 2011
Format: DVD
The film purports to be based on transcripts from Adolf Eichmann's interrogations while awaiting trial in Israel in the early sixties for the major role he played in the extermination of millions of European Jews during the Second World War. Eichmann, an Obersturmbannführer in the SS is viewed by by many historians as the "Architect of the Holocaust." After viewing the film, and reading up on the Holocaust it is apparent that Major Scenes in the film were Completely Fictionalized. For example, one scene has Eichmann at Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in April 1945 supervising the deportation of Jews to Auschwitz. The only problem is that Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet Army in January 1945! Therefore, the deportation depicted in the film could not have occurred. Did the filmmakers even bother to crack a history book? Or did they just make things up as they went along?

Another scene has Eichmann in Hungary in 1943 bragging, while having sex with a Hungarian Countess, about the millions of Jews he has killed from the various nations that were occupied by Nazi Germany. In reality, most of the exterminations did not occur until 1944. Essentily the Eichmann character is bragging about events that have yet to happen. Also Eichmann did not actually arrive in Hungary to supervise the liquidation of Hungarian Jewry until 1944. There are so many other falsehoods and inacccuracies in the film that the viewer doesn't know what is fact or fiction.

With all the Holocaust deniers out there, the last thing that is needed is a heavily fictionalized film to muddy up the historical record even more. Eichmann was an unbelieveably evil man, who was proud of his role in the Holocaust. If the film-makers had chosen to stay closer to history, they could have produced a very powerful film.
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93 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 20, 2011
Format: DVD
EICHMANN is not an easy film to view: revisiting the atrocities of the Nazi Third Reich through the greasy, smooth, denying words of Adolf Eichmann is a nightmare, but a nightmare we must revisit periodically to remind us of just how heinous was that period of history. The film is set in 160 - 1962 and is based on transcripts obtained by the Israeli forces from the files of the concentration camps and Nazi regime, transcripts that document the words of Adolf Eichmann that lead to his final confession of his participation in the Third Reich atrocities as unveiled under the slow and insidious interview by Police Captain Avner Less.

The film opens after the 1960 capture of Eichmann from his home in Argentina, the country where he and his wife and four sons had been in hiding since the end of WW II. Adolf Eichmann (brilliantly portrayed by Thomas Kretschmann) had been the World's Most Wanted Man and his transport to Israel was met by jeering crowds. The Israeli Minister Tormer (Stephen Fry) elects police captain Avner Less (Troy Garity) to conduct the interview in what is supposed to be a top-secret assignment. But the news escapes and Avner's wife Vera (Franka Potente), suffering from polio of the spine, and the Avner children are marked as targets by the Israeli's who do not appreciate the duty of Avner Less's obligation to interrogate and gain a complete confession from Eichmann before he can be tried. The months that the interrogations take prove that the Israeli's believed in justice: the facts must be proven completely before the prisoner is tried for atrocities.

During the interrogation months Eichmann is shown in flashbacks to have been not only following the orders of Hitler, but being committed to the purification of the 'Aryan race'.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 30, 2011
Format: DVD
Eichmann is a well done film telling the true story of how one of the former Nazi leaders, Adolf Eichmann, responsible for the systematic murder of millions of Jews during World War Two, was interrogated by Captain Avner Less in Israel over an eight month period before his trial for crimes against humanity. The acting is really very good; and the lighting helped a great deal to set the mood for each scene. Although eight months are condensed into this movie, it could have been edited down just a little bit to keep it moving a bit faster; there is a heavy emphasis on brooding Avner Less (Troy Garity) and Eichmann (played brilliantly by Thomas Kretschmann) who is seemingly forever able to worm his way out of admitting he did anything to kill Jews during World War Two.

The use of flashbacks works well to contrast what Eichmann claims happened during his interrogation and what he really did during the war; I liked how they did that. There are fine supporting appearances by Franka Potente as Vera Less, Avner's wife who suffers from polio of the spine; Stephen Fry as Israeli Minister Tormer and Avner Less himself does a good commentary at the very end of the film. The DVD doesn't come with any extras; but this is a rather minor concern.

Overall, Eichmann keeps your interest as it flows along well despite a slight editing problem and a very heavy emphasis on Avner Less who comes across as a bit one-dimensional even though the film has a few scenes designed to show a more tender side of him. I recommend this film for anyone interested in World War Two; and people studying the Holocaust would do well to get this film.
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