Hangmen Also Die (1943)



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Hangmen Also Die is set in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation. Czech loyalist Brian Donlevy assassinates the vicious Gestapo leader Heydrich, then goes into hiding. The wounded patriot is sheltered by history professor Walter Brennan, who is already under surveillance by the Nazis thanks to his veiled classroom attacks on the Third Reich. Fifth columnist Gene Lockhart arranges for the professor and 400 other Prague citizens to be rounded up as hostages, to be killed if Heydrich's assassin … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics
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Written By: Bertolt Brecht, Fritz Lang, John Wexley
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On DVD: May 9, 2000
Cohen Media Group


as Dr. Franticek Svobod...

as Nasha Novotny

as Prof. Novotny

as Emil Czaka

as Jan Horek

as Alois Gruber

as Aunt Ludmilla Novotn...

as Mrs. Novotny

as Beda Novotny

as Haas, Gestapo Chief

as Bartos

as Schirmer

as Mrs. Dvorak

as Dr. Pilar

as Necval the Poet

as Worker

as Itnut, Camp Officer

as Rudy, a Hostage

as Gen. Votruba Bertrub...

as Viktorin

as Inspector Ritter

as Gestapo

as Cab Driver

as Liberal Official

as Policeman

as Hostage

as Hostage

as Patriot

as Policeman

as Reinhard Heydrich
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Critic Reviews for Hangmen Also Die

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

Although Director Fritz Lang gives this familiar material occasional touches of distinction, the picture still misses Grade A rank.

Full Review… | February 25, 2013
TIME Magazine
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From a directorial standpoint this is a triumph for Fritz Lang, who succeeds with singular success in capturing the spirit of the Czech people in the face of the Nazi reign of terror.

Full Review… | February 25, 2013
Top Critic

For all of Mr. Lang's finesse, his film is too patient -- it runs well over two hours -- too ponderous to hit its stride as melodrama. Nor does it match in emotional power and conviction its heroic theme.

Full Review… | February 25, 2013
New York Times
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The two-and-a-quarter-hour film has the iconic thrust of a silent; the pro-sacrifice resistance cant has an oddly jihadist tenor today.

Full Review… | February 25, 2013
Village Voice
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Superb performances throughout, while James Wong Howe's photography perfectly captures the spirit of the occupied city, where hiding places are few and far from safe.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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June 6, 2005
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Hangmen Also Die


I find that Fritz Lang's films are often hit-or-miss, but even when they miss, they're still usually interesting failures. "Hangmen Also Die!" isn't a failure at all, but it is too long and not as tensely directed as it should have been. What could have been a riveting thriller about the Czechs getting their revenge against the Nazis ends up being kind of exciting but nonetheless forgettable. Side note: it was co-written by noted German playwright Bertolt Brecht, who seldom wrote screenplays.

Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

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the weakest Fritz Lang film I've seen thus far; likely do to Hollywood Producer interference. Still the film contains flashes of Lang's brilliant use of sound and his distinct visual style.

steven mayo

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