Hangmen Also Die Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ April 15, 2013
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.
½ June 8, 2009
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.
June 9, 2015
One of my favorite WW2 films ever produced. It was made in 43' so it provides a unique glimpse into actual wartime attitudes instead being merely nostalgic, or standing in for later, cold war dogmas, as with so many of the war films from the late 50's and 60's. Consequently its very unique in portraying a genuinely left-populist resistance movement (the Czeck resistance movement) in a heroic frame. This is rare in a Hollywood movie from WW2 on. A compelling film and easy to watch.
½ September 8, 2014
This fine Lang film, made during World War II after he moved Stateside, fully elucidated his fears and distaste for the Fascist regime of his homeland.
½ September 27, 2013
This is a nice little piece of intrigue from Fritz Lang based off real events in Czechoslovakia. Anna Lee finds herself admidst a web of trouble when she helps a member of the underground. But the Nazis are soon hounding her and her father's life is put in danger. She is forced to choose where her greatest allegiance stands. At the time it came out this movie functioned as an anti-Nazi film and it still packs a decent punch
Super Reviewer
½ April 15, 2013
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.
October 25, 2010
Another Masterpiece directed by the Master Fritz Lang the Brave Czech Resistance try to trick the Nazis but they are undefeatable and their Reign of Terror goes on and on Restiance just force more Repressials
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