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Synopsis:- Europe, 1945. The war is over, but the battle for justice is about to begin. Twenty-one members of the Nazi high command stand in a charged courtroom inside Nuremberg's Palace of Justice. Twenty-one pleas of Not Guilty are entered. Will the trial of these notorious men be a forum for Allied vengeance or a quest for justice. Based on Joseph E. Persico's acclaimed book Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial and featuring momentous dialogue taken from case transcripts, Nuremberg is a compelling courtroom drama about the post-World War II Trial of the Century. Alec Baldwin, Jill Hennessy, Christopher Plummer, Brian Cox and Max von Sydow star in this vivid work filled with intellectual fire and righteous courage.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.53 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Media Format : Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 3 hours
- Release date : January 16, 2001
- Actors : Alec Baldwin, Brian Cox, Christopher Plummer, Karen Belfo, Frank Burns
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Turner Home Ent
- ASIN : B00005B6OY
- Writers : David W. Rintels, Joseph E. Persico
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #56,177 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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No clear answers are given, but the clear need for such answers makes this film memorable!
One primary theme, the Nazi trial at Nuremberg. However, several interesting subplots add color. The Jewish psychologist who befriends the Nazi's to understand - Why? The stunning film of the death camps, that reveal to the world, an atrocity beyond human conception.
The contrast between Göring and Speer, one fervent Nazi, the other repentant. Göring's guard, a young American lieutenant, develops close friendship, even affection for him. Göring the monster, wins his respect!
One revealing part is Göring's adamant justification of Hitler and Nazism. His defense of the war and the elimination of Jews gives insight. (Hanged). Speer's speech during the trial pleading with the judges to prevent future war, was moving. (Twenty years)
Göring's wife explains to the American psychologist that, before his death, Hitler ordered the destruction of all industry, dams, banks, etc.. He 'did not want the allies to find anything but waste when they arrived." She was disgusted.
Who wouldn't be appalled!
One scene that resonated, is when the Jewish psychologist explains his findings. "I have found the source of evil: It is the lack of empathy. This is what all these men have in common."
This seems the climax of the film.
Three hour film that passes quickly. Context of Germany bombed, people starving, etc. is poignant. The interplay of the American, French, Russian and English judges briefly presented.
Recommend this film as a good historical review of something that should never be forgotten. Well done.
(This film is based on Joseph E. Persico's book: "Nuremberg - Infamy on Trial"; outstanding story)
The entire concept of putting war criminals on trial, rather than dealing with them through military courts martial or, as the Soviets wished in this case, through show trials or no trials followed by summary executions.
Also of significance, for the first time, organizations were put on trial. The NAZI Party, SS, Gestapo, SD and others parts of Hitler's government and political bureaucracy were in effect defendants in this trial.
Don't worry, this TV miniseries has enough non-courtroom time with some sexual tensions thrown in to keep people who are bored by history interested. The acting is generally first rate, the scenic recreations credible and the historical accuracy great, though there are time constraints.