The Night of the Generals
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Do yourself a favor and wait for a cleaner version than this wretched one.
Take away all of the successful surface elements - the amazing cast, the historical backdrop, the many tensions of flawed leaders at war, etc. - and you still have a story that has a lot of important things to say. Every character is magnificent as they try to wrangle with murder, war, justice, love, fear, heroism, brutality, family, and other matters. This seems like a lot - and it is - but the acting and the script combine to make it work.
What tends to turn people off is that admittedly the large infusion of supporting characters and subplots can make this film a little confusing and strange. Peter O'Toole's character in particular is as cold and stiff as a corpse in a Russian winter. Omar Sharif's passion for solving the crime is at times over the top. But it is precisely each strong personality that makes each character compelling and vulnerable. The other perceived drawback is that 1960s WWII dramas tend to be somewhat campy. There are parts with very poor dubbing (from primarily the foreign extras). Also, the fact that most of the characters - including nearly every Nazi - have British accents has always made me laugh. One just has to get past those oddities and pay attention to the script/story.
Probably the best compliment is that it simply doesn't matter if you know who the murderer is. All of the other intrigue still makes this a fantastic movie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting twist on a particular segment of WW2 and its aftermath.Published 21 days ago by Anthony Guiliano
a very entertaining film good storyline
great acting by peter o toole
keeps your attention all through
Very predictable movie. The undercarriage of the book is Valkerie and the many plots to kill Hitler. I would not recommend the movie to anyone.Published 1 month ago by Raymond E. Pinard
This is another film I'm so glad to have purchased. The ending is quite a surprise.Published 2 months ago by Brownie