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The Night of the Generals

4.1 out of 5 stars 218 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

It is a thriller occurring in World War II about a Nazi General who becomes a serial killer. When a Polish prostitute is brutally murdered in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, her killer is only identified as a German General. For years the crime remains unsolved until the killer strikes again, bringing this mesmerizing mystery to its unforgettable finish.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Tom Courtenay, Nigel Stock, Gerard Buhr
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Castaway Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MV90A8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,450 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I'd waited a long time for this to come out on DVD and was excited when I found this print available on Amazon. Regrettably, upon receiving the DVD I discovered that the quality was dreadful. This is undoubtedly the worst transfer of a film I've ever seen, and after looking at it for just a minute or so, I found myself getting a headache. The print is so blurred I actually adjusted my glasses a few times to ensure that it was not me.
Do yourself a favor and wait for a cleaner version than this wretched one.
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Please be aware that the new Columbia DVD release of "Night Of The Generals" contains an excellent transfer of the movie. The complaints about bad picture quality refer to previously issued DVD's.
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This is NOT the poor (bizarre actually) Castaway DVD. Top quality transfer of a fascinating movie that combines suspense with a cynical exploration of war. Peter O'Toole's portrayal of General Tanz is by itself worth the price of the DVD.
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I've purchased the movie because I love the movie. Returned it because of its awful picture quality. The foreground is blury, the background is dark and snowy. Take my words for it and don't buy it! You buy it, you'll suck it. supplier must improve the qualty. For $21 it must have a quality.
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The object of any murder mystery is to keep the viewer or reader in suspense. The Night of the Generals succeeds. When I saw this film in the mid-sixties, I was spellbound. Yes, I was distracted with subplots and a film with a somewhat sluggish pace. But shouldn't a murder mystery work at distracting and confusing the viewer? When the murderer is finally revealed, you will feel rewarded at the final outcome. Although I enjoy Omar Sharif's acting abilities, I think someone else could have been better suited for his role as the investigator. Sadly, no one has bothered to complement Maurice Jarre for a brilliant score. His macabre waltz which is played throughout the film is chilling. View this film with the lights off and the receiver off the hook.
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Folks, forget the reviews carping about quality. The DVD now being issued is the real thing - full length, full screen, and high quality.
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Sony gets five stars for an excellent quality DVD, the picture quality is really sharp and this film looks like it has been completely restored. Very good image detail and lite film grain, no artifacts to speak of. Even General Tanz would approve this clean DVD.
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I have been recommending "The Night of the Generals" to friends for years. Although strictly speaking it is a murder mystery, it contains so many other elements that make this a very entertaining movie.
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.
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