• Unrated, 2 hr. 11 min.
  • Classics
  • Directed By:
    Fritz Lang
    In Theaters:
    Mar 23, 1943 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 9, 2000
  • Cohen Media Group

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Hangmen Also Die! Reviews

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Theodore Strauss
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 25, 2013

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

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February 25, 2013
Variety Staff
Variety
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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.

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February 25, 2013
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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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.

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February 9, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A first-rate anti-Nazi propaganda film shot as film noir.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

April 30, 2006
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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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.

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February 25, 2013
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Creatively filmed political thriller

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August 22, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

In this collaboration with playwright Bertolt Brecht, Fritz Lang's WWWII drama about the Czech defiance of the Nazis is admittedly propagandistic but is marked by a properly oppressive ambience and dark visuals courtsey of ace lenser James Wong Howe.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

June 29, 2005

Film4

The film manages to pull off the tough double of making an anti-Nazi political statement and being thrilling entertainment as well.

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June 4, 2005

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Visually the film's atmosphere is marvelously dark and oppressive due to the moody lensing of the great cinematographer James Wong Howe.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 25, 2013

AV Club
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June 6, 2005
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