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Witness Against Hitler (1996)

The true story of a Prussian aristocrat working for German military intelligence during W.W.II who, with a group of fellow devout Christians, plotted to assassinate Hitler with a bomb in ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen McCrory ... Freya von Moltke
James Wilby ... Helmuth James von Moltke
Ashley James Ashley James ... Hans
Colin Buchanan Colin Buchanan ... Peter Yorck
Alun Armstrong ... Pastor Harold Poelchau
Anna Calder-Marshall ... Dorothy Poelchau
Ben Cole Ben Cole ... Father Delp
Sonia Forbes-Adam Sonia Forbes-Adam ... Maryon Yorck
Glynn Sweet Glynn Sweet ... Hans Peters
Ben Bazell Ben Bazell ... Augustin Rosch
Ella Kenion ... Christina
Derek Jacobi ... General
David Westhead ... SS Officer Lange
Toby Kensett Toby Kensett ... Young SS Officer
Antony Brown ... Drogen Policeman
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The true story of a Prussian aristocrat working for German military intelligence during W.W.II who, with a group of fellow devout Christians, plotted to assassinate Hitler with a bomb in his briefcase. Despite being ultimately hanged by the Fuhrer, his actions ultimately saved the lives of hundreds of Jews and helped bring about the formation of the Christian Democrat party. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1996 (UK) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The most dramatic court scene I've ever seen.
23 November 2008 | by laugh-23See all my reviews

This film is based on the book, Letters to Freya - A Witness Against Hitler. The plot is basic, being the true life story of a German who dared to hold meetings with others who opposed Adolf Hitler and was subsequently arrested. The drama is in Von Moltke's handling of his own trial, which he knows is a sham that will certainly end in his execution. His eloquent denunciation of the premise on which he was arrested, his trial and the hypocrisy of the men who sat in judgement on him are played out in a subtle crescendo. Their anger and embarrassment are well played against Von Moltke's calm yet damning testimony. His verbal bravery in court in the face of death, and the amazing peace in which he approaches his execution, make this film, for me, a masterpiece.


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