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Operation Eichmann

3.2 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Adolph Eichmann, architect of Hitler’s heinous “final solution” which resulted in the murder of six million Jews, escapes Germany at the end of WWII. But two intrepid Israeli agents vow he will not escape justice. Released when the real-life Eichmann trial had the world riveted, the uncompromising Operation Eichmann tells the story of a Nazi zealot drunk on the power to send millions of his fellow human beings to their deaths in gas chambers. And it tells the story of Israeli agents David and Jacob, who miraculously survived one of Eichmann’s mass executions when they were children. A 15-year manhunt is on as Eichmann and his mistress hopscotch the globe, pursued by David, Jacob and more dedicated Nazi-hunters, who sometimes wonder if it is better to kill than to capture Eichmann. A suspenseful adventure, a political thriller, and a true-life tale of good and evil: that is Operation Eichmann.

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  • Actors: Werner Klemperer, Ruta Lee, Donald Buka
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ADRYFOW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,196 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 20, 2013
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"Operation Eichmann" details the life and crimes of Adolf Eichmann, the architect of Hitler's "Final Solution," which oversaw the building and operation of concentration camps and the deaths of over six million people. The film opens with an amazingly powerful and proud confession by Eichmann gleefully admitting to his role in these heinous crimes, and after the credits takes a turn back to trace how the decisions were made that led to those barbarous acts. After the fall of Germany Eichmann is seen traipsing around the globe with his mistress; as dedicated Israeli agents close in, he is pursued like a trapped animal. The culmination of the chase in Argentina proves most satisfying, and also provides an unexpectedly rapid close to the film.

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.
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PLOT: Eichmann and his killing methods and the hunt to get justice for his crimes.

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.
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I wanted to see this movie because of Werner Klemperer's part in it. He did it so well that you just want to strangle him as Eichmann. Seriously, if Eichmann were alive today you just want to kill the **** (insert appropriate insult here).Not a must see movie if you're not a fan of Klemperer's or any other actor in this movie (John Banner having a small part in it as well), and I suppose there are better movies concerning the Holocaust en the hunting of nazi's post WWII (Judgement at Nuremberg being a far more impressive movie). However, seeing it for how it was intended (a quick Hollywood summary concerning the actual hunting and capturing of Eichmannas it was actually happening around that time) it's a perfectly fine movie. The storyline doesn't always resemble the actual facts since some of those hadn't happened yet. Must see for all Klemperer fans. Movie quality was good, I was able to view the disc from my laptop. Delivery to the Netherlands with no problems.
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The history of Eichmann is sketchy in this production, But it's well acted. Werner Klemperer and John Banner were better actors than they were given credit for in their careers.In spite of their stereotypes from Hogan's Heros,You could actually see them as the sinister characters they portray.
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Pretty awful acting coupled with wrong decade clothing throughout. 1940s scenes had actresses with early 1960s hairstyles and makeup. Plus, movie does not match later accounts of agents who captured Eichman as movie/book House on Garibaldi Street. Pretty bad movie. But, interesting to see Col Klink and Sargent Schultz in very different Nazi roles from Hogan's Heros.
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The first film made to cash-in on the capture and ultimate-trial of Adolf Eichmann, who was allegedly responsible---through Adolf Hitler---of seeing-to the death of six-million people of the Jewish-faith. Playing more-than-fanciful with the facts, save for the first half-hour of the film and the end, it stars Werner Klemperer---soon to become famous as the bumbling Kommandant of Stalag # 13 in the comedt "Hogan's Heroes" .
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