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Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Jordan, Michael Lonsdale, Anthony Hopkins, Cliff Gorman, Susan Blakely
  • Directors: David Schafer
  • Producers: David Susskind, Diana Kerew
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006Z2NYU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,261 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bunker" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Anthony Hopkins is a fine actor who puts in another good performance.
Kenneth A. Perrone
Based on James O'Connell's best selling book, THE BUNKER is one of most accurate depictions of the last days of Adolf Hitler.
Kevin R. Austra
The look and 'feel' of some of the characterisations here are almost farcical.
AJM

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105 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Richard P. Mayhew on April 24, 2000
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Anyone who was ever curious about what the last desperate days of The Third Reich were like needs to see this film. I recently read Cornelius Ryan's book The Last Battle which is about the battle of Berlin in early 1945. The movie is so faithful to the book I would not be suprised if it were used to produce the screen play. Mr. Hopkins as one would expect does a masterful job of portraying the doomed dictator in his subterranean labryinth. The supporting cast is up to the task, actors look very much like the people they are portraying, uniforms and personalities are correct. Where history does not provide answers this movie thankfully does not conjecture (for example the fate of Martin Borman and the disposal of the bodies of Hitler and his wife Eva) but follows the facts as well as can be acertained. Hitlers violent mood swings are documented as well as every other story about what went on in the bunker to include; quack doctors, Eva Braun, the Goebbels family, Guderian, the political treachery of Himmler and Goering, astrological predictions, preparation for suicides and rape by Russian soldiers. Scenes of outright madness such as decorating The Hitler Youth with medals while the Russian forces are blocks away blasting ever closer add to the feeling of lunacy. The scene where the bunker secretaries share tea and crumpets with Der Fuhrer is memorable as is the wedding reception scene, they make you think more of an execution rather than a celebration. Several explosions but no real combat scenes. I would have got this on DVD had it been available, but the VCR version is of fine quality. This is a great movie especially if you are a WW2 or history buff.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By RA Meeks on June 19, 2006
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I have to give the dvd version of the Bunker only 4 stars, since someone, for some reason, has changed the movie's soundtrack from the original. To hear the original score, which adds a great deal to the overall feeling of the film, you will have to secure the vhs version.

As for who captures the "real" Hitler better, some like Guinness, some Hopkins, and some Bruno Ganz, who is remarkable in Downfall. I think they all manage to capture something of a person who was something of a stranger to even those closest to him.

Plus, Downfall is a German-made film, and it's interesting to see Hitler through the eyes of a subsequent generation of Germans. Compare Ganz's role in Downfall with his excellent performance in Wings of Desire. Just for fun.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. B. Miller on June 27, 2009
Format: DVD
This was a 1981 CBS mini-series produced for network TV. The production quality is fair. The interior shots of the Bunker and Deiter's office have a "stage look" to them. I do like the fact that it shows the "Courtyard of Honor" and inside the "New Reich Chancellery." Events are shown from different points of view and film shifts back and forth between them. The main characters "followed around" are Hitler, Speer, Bormann, Eva Braun and the Goebbels family.

Sir Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of Hitler is good overall, showing him in different moods and settings. There still is an element of theatrics at times, through scenes of yelling and gestures and movements for dramatic effect. These dramatic elements following what is generally shown in the footage of Hitler's exaggerated speaking style, and assumed to be his same mannerism in most all circumstances.

Hitler is generally shown to be a shell of his former self. One flashback that does work is the one that goes back to a pre-war birthday party given by Hitler for Albert Speer. It shows the energetic and charismatic Hitler to contrast his portrayal at the end. I applaud the fact that this film shows Dr. Morrell and provides scenes of his treatments/injections as to Hitler, which none of the other three bunker films do. The film does a good job of showing Bormann and his influence with Hitler and power he obtained.

However, the film is too sympathetic to Albert Speer. Some of the other actors' portrayals are unconvincing, such as those of General Keitel, General Jodl, and Goebbels. Further, several of the actors have English accents. Some of the real characters are left out of the film: such as General Krebs, General Burgdolf and General Weidling.
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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Paco Calderón on April 2, 2000
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Back when I saw 'Nixon' I thought "Hopkins doesn't look like him" and that mere fact spoiled the entire movie for me. Two days ago I was watching 'The Bunker' and my initial reaction was that same one. But as the story unfolds, Hopkins not only resembles Hitler, he becomes Hitler! All of the dictator's mannerisms, gestures, antics and tics are there, carefully woven with an eye-for-detail into what may very well be Sir Anthony's best performance to date. Every other actor doing the part just mimics Hitler's numb stupor, sudden outbursts of rage and endlessly boring conversation, but Hopkins' portrayal is far more sinister for he humanizes the monster by exposing him for the miserable nerd he really was (the scene when he clumsly dances in front of Eva Braun's camera is an acting lesson in itself). After watching the movie, one asks how did this wreck of a man ever came to power in a nation such as Germany? What did all those people ever saw in him to be blindingly shepherd into national suicide?
It's true the film has poor production values. One would hope HBO had invested in it the same resources it did for Robert Duvall's 'Stalin'. And yes, Richard Jordan's Speer appears far more heroic than the war criminal deserves to be remembered (although there's no evidence to say he acted otherwise during his stay at the bunker), and true, some minimal historical details are overlooked. Nevertheless, if you are a WWII buff, or if you just want to see an above-average TV movie, don't miss this one. Far superior than Alec Guiness' failed 'Hitler: the last ten days', and more historically accurate than Derek Jacobi's 'Inside the Third Reich'. A real tour-de-force!
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