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Inside the Third Reich [VHS]

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  • Actors: Rutger Hauer, John Gielgud, Maria Schell, Blythe Danner, Trevor Howard
  • Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky
  • Writers: E. Jack Neuman
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • VHS Release Date: September 15, 1993
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630291390X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,179 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Inside the Third Reich [VHS] (1982) Rutger Hauer (Actor), John Gielgud (Actor), Marvin J. Chomsky (Director) | Rated: NR | Format: VHS Tape

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Inside the Third Reich purports to give the viewer a behind the scenes look at the inner dealings of Hitler's Nazi Party. In many respects, it accomplishes this purpose admirably, but in many others, it must be carefully weighed against other, more objective, sources.
Rutger Hauer does a commendable job of portraying Albert Speer, Hitler's chief architect and one of the very few Nazi operatives to successfully stand up to the Fuhrer. He provides an excellent vehicle for depicting the petty but often deadly jealosies that abounded within the Nazi inner circle, particularly well done as relates to Martin Bormann and Josef Goebbels.
Unfortunately, the film attempts to all but whitewash Speer who, although not a major player in many of the Reich's more notorious excesses, was nonetheless directly involved, far more than revisionist historians wish to have believed.
Be that as is may, the movie itself is excellent. The tone is somber and studious, taking a near documentary approach in many of its historical depictions. Care is taken to allow many of the peripheral characters to develop into fully involved human beings whom the viewer can identify with, rather than mere statistics. Strangely, however, this careful approach does not extent to the major Nazi figures, particularly Himmler and Bormann, who come off as near caricatures rather than people.
The story follows historical reality quite closely, achieving a conclusion that is both unsettling and emotionally confused, a remarkably accurate portrayal of the state of the German people at the conclusion of hostilities.
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This movie is one of my favorites. It runs 4 hours so you have to have time available to view it all. The show starts out showing some of the horrors of the holocaust and some of the death and destruction caused by World War II. Let the squeamish beware.

No question, this miniseries comes from the early-1980's and is limited by special effects and budget available at the time. By comparison, "Hitler: The Rise of Evil," from 2003, is as good if not better. Still, if one pays attention to the main story and the performances given by the many featured actors, "Inside the Third Reich" is worth anyone's time.

The cast is a star-studded one. Rutger Hauer plays Albert Speer and John Gielgud plays his father. Derek Jacobi is Adolph Hitler and Blythe Danner plays Speer's wife, Marguerite. Among other notable actors are Randy Quaid, Robert Vaughn, Maria Schell, Viveca Lindfors, Stephen Collins, Ian Holm, and Elke Sommer. There are others, too. In a TV miniseries, we'll probably never see their like again.

There are several memorable scenes in this show, but the one that strikes me most occurs about 25 minutes from the start. It's where Hitler addresses a university audience in Germany during the early-1930's. Included in the audience is the story's hero, Albert Speer. (Speer would later become Hitler's architect and chief armaments minister). Hitler tells of pawnbrokers taking money from elderly Germans, "so they can eat one more day." He brings the house down several times with his remarks: "Yes, I do over-use that word [unshakeable]. No more pawnbrokers! I need your help!" Even the skeptical Speer is seen rising with the crowd as if captured by an invisible force.

For me, the performance of Derek Jacobi is absolutely riveting.
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This movie is fairly faithful to "Inside the Third Reich" authored by Albert Speer while in prison. While it has gotten a barrage of criticism here on Amazon, I liked it. Rutger Hauer puts in a fine performance as Speer. The actors who play Hitler and the other major characters also do good jobs. This movie does a creditable job explaining who Speer was, and what he did, at least according to Speer as based upon his book.
This is very watchable historical drama. I hope it is soon available on DVD.
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You've seen the reviews and you know the story. Why oh WHY isn't this out on DVD? We've seen much worse movies that are much older make it to DVD but why this one hasn't is beyond me. One of the best "insider" Hitler/Nazi movies of all time and the fact that this isn't on DVD yet is, well, a crime against HUMANITY! Get it on the disc! Come on. I'm already on my second VHS and that one's about to crap out. And if you could, please LOAD the DVD with some special features. If not, OK, just get it on DISC!!!!! NOW. SCHNELL! You dunkopfs!
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INSIDE THE THIRD REICH

WHEN ARE WE GOING TO FIND THIS VHS TAPE ON A DVD, ITS ABOUT TIME, SUCH AN EXCELLENT MOVIE
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I watched all the WWII and nazi-related movies and miniseries from the 1980s and I must say this one has stuck with me ever since. Derek Jakobi's performance of Hitler is spellbinding. The scene of him practicing his gestures before a mirror is compelling. Hauer gives a competant though understated performance as Speer. But I must tell you if you watch this movies for no other reason it is the lengthy scene, without dialogue, of Hitler walking through the rooms of the new reich chancellory. The haunting soundtrack music and Jakobi's eyes as he takes in Speer's handiwork are memorable and at the end of the scene, with tears he looks at Speer and say "Well done." When I watch that scene, ever 20 years later, it still gives me goosebumps. This two-part movie is definitely a cut above others from the era. Well worth it to watch.
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