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This is not really a war film and those nice folk at Metrodome have done the usual thing of putting all action shots and Swastikas on the front cover. There is some action, but most of the action takes place in the boxing ring. The reference to `The fist of the Reich!' is also not a referral to any sort of post watershed bedroom antics, but the fact that Max Schmelling was taken on as a model of Aryan success by the Third Reich and was seen abroad, especially America as being a Nazi, even though he really was not. He even declares `Ich bin keine Nazi!', but is told that 'You are German that's enough'.
The film itself is very well made, with any plot holes down to finance and not enough to spoil the film. One thing that did get me is that everyone speaks German even Joe Louis (African American boxer whom he fought twice). I know English speaking films do this all the time, but it is only a couple of scenes and so fans of authenticity will be let down (but only a little). It is obviously in German with very good English sub titles.
The boxing scenes are extremely well done and actually manage to build the tension every time and as I am not a boxing fan that is actually quite an achievement. The acting is all solid and mostly well above average, the cinematography is excellent in places and for a two hour film this did not seem long at all. If you are looking for a story with a heart and some good historical placement within it, then you will not be disappointed; if you want a war, action movie, then this may not be for you.
I echo other comments here that the production elements of this film are first-rate, but the English language version's subtitle ‘Fist of the Reich’ is misleading, also the sensationalist packaging which suggests it's much more a war movie than it really is. Still, an worthy tribute to a sports legend.
SCHMELLING HAD A MUCH HAPPIER ENDING DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES ARISING THAT GAVE HIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ONE OF EUROPE'S LARGEST COCA COLA DISTRIBUTORS. HE TRIED TO HELP LEWIS FINANCIALLY FROM TIME TO TIME. THEY REMAINED DEAR FRIENDS FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.
THIS FILM ENLIGHTENED ME TO THE FURTHER FACTS THAT SHMELLING'S WIFE WAS A FAIRLY FAMOUS GERMAN ACTRESS. BUT, SHE WAS A JEW. HITLER HELD THIS OVER SCHMELLING THROUGH OUT THE WAR TO CONTROL HIM.
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I really like this movie. I had no idea the Max was such a decent and generous guy during the era of Adolph Hitler and his goons.Published 15 months ago by KIRT P.
Not great actors, but a good story. Great to learn more about history.Published 15 months ago by Judith L. Maves-klatt
This was a good film, Max had actually trained in our area of NW PA before heading to Cleveland for big match so there was some personal reasons for watching it. Read morePublished on May 6, 2014 by Barbara S Lallier
Overall this is a great movie- casting an actual boxer as the top bill gives the fighting and training sequences realism. Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by Rolf Lamm