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The film is very well done, with excellent direction from R. G. Springsteen, and fantastic acting throughout. By far the most impressive role belongs to Werner Klemperer, who as Eichmann is powerful and palpably menacing. If your only exposure to Klemperer is reruns of "Hogan's Heroes" do not be fooled: he was a fine dramatic actor and this is a stunning performance. As an aside, you can also see future "Hogan's Heroes" star John Banner here as the commander of Auschwitz. Banner is in a small role, but acquits himself admirably as a villain. The other stars are Ruta Lee and Donald Buka, both of whom are equally strong in their roles.
The film is really a historical drama, but has the framing of a film noir mystery. Photography and camera work are excellent, and there is no way an interested viewer could fail to be moved by the film. It's not always fast paced, but presumably that was a conscious choice meant to emphasize the laborious 15 years it took to catch Eichmann and bring him to justice in 1960.Read more ›
Warner Klemperer is very good as Adolph Eichmann the Nazi who excels at his "job" of killing Jews and "hiding the crime". The first half hour is Eichmann helping with the final solution (killing the masses of Jews) and how to do it. He makes it a business and often speculates how "humane" he is at his job. HIs lack of emotion for his victims and his pride and eagerness for his "job" makes this at times very creepy. But Warner is good at making us hate him from the first. This version of the Eichmann story is different that the focus here is his "life" and hiding. Other versions are his discovery and capture. Ruta Lee is his mistress Anna who we see dollar signs in her affectionate eyes at ever turn. LOL and John Banner who was later Sergeant Shultz "I know nothing nothing nothing" on Hogan's heroes 4 years later has a "bit part" as another Nazi. Eichmann is in Kuwait and moves to South America and also has other Nazi turn against him due to his arrogance and attitude. Donald Buka is David the young JEWISH child who seeks his revenge by helping hunt down the MONSTER Eichmann who gassed his parents. Some of the sets are very cheesy but effective. This is a better than expected movie as the first half hour or so give us the Nazi Eichmann and his history inside Nazi Germany and then his LIFE after the end of the war. I give it 4 stars for Klemperer's eerie performance as the evil Eichmann and better than average plot. Ruta Lee as the GREEDY mistress Anna is also a "scene stealer" as her greed is both fun and sad.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well done and I enjoyed the movie. Takes some liberties but is mainly factual. Colonel Klink does a good job! Even Sgt Shultz is in the moviePublished 6 months ago by M
Operation Eichmann was totally misrepresented. It is historically inaccurate. The only redeeming factor was Werner Klemperer's performance.Published 10 months ago by Thomas M. Lynch
It was a good movie. Good acting. Seems historically accurate as well.Published 15 months ago by Ben Hogan
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