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Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)


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After the end of World War II, the world gradually became aware of the full extent of the war crimes perpetrated by the Third Reich. In 1948, a series of trials were held in Nuremberg, Germany, by an international tribunal, headed by American legal and military officials, with the intent of bringing to justice those guilty of crimes against humanity. However, by that time most of the major figures of the Nazi regime were either dead or long missing, and in the resulting legal proceedings


Drama, Classics

Sep 7, 2004

United Artists

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Tracy delivers a performance of great intelligence and intuition.

November 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Watchable enough on its own terms, but insufferably glib next to something like Shoah.

November 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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There are no surprises in the direction, and Abby Mann's screenplay plays the expected tunes, but there's enough conviction on display to reward a patient spectator.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Most powerful for its subtle and shaded characterizations of both victim and victimizer.

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Important fictionalized intense courtroom drama, which at times was engrossing.

April 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Abordando o complexo tema com honestidade, inteligência e humanidade, esta obra-prima repleta de atuações inesquecíveis é um atestado da capacidade do Cinema em servir não só como retrato de nossa História, mas como profunda reflexão sobre a mesma.

February 6, 2009
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Absorbing from beginning to end.

November 7, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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A tpical Stanley Kramer's film: Serious (even pompous) and humanist, but essentially middlebrow, courtroom drama that while well-acted is too verbose and fearful of taking sides in the controversy over who's to blame for the Nazi atrocities.

September 26, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comment (1)

A rare cinematic exploration of the messy, difficult aftermath of evaluating culpability, not only for the Nazi masterminds, but also for innumerable officials and functionaries…

February 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
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An eloquent snapshot of the way that the ground was shifting--in both the Nuremberg of 1948 and the Tinsel Town of 1961.

January 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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In the grand tradition of courtroom dramas, Nuremberg has the distinction of being probably the most "important" of them all - even if it's not the most blatantly entertaining

August 14, 2004 Full Review Source:

A classic of post-war cinema.

April 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for Judgment at Nuremberg

Leaders of the Third Reich are put on trial at Nuremberg with a thoughtful American judge at the helm.
The themes in the film are remarkably varied and explored with an impressive degree of depth. How do we judge a people, a society? Can we separate individuals from the society to which they belong? What is the proper response to travesty? Does following orders exonerate those who carry out crimes? This is a film about deep philosophical matters, and it both poses answers and puts the onus on its audience.
The natural dignity of Spencer Tracy has never been put to better use, and his performance is matched by the soulful Burt Lancaster and the fiery Maximilian Schell.
Overall, usually important films are tedious, but this one is too important to miss.
May 21, 2014
Jim Hunter

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An always fascinating courtroom drama whose truly indisputable cinematic strength lies on many unforgettable performances from the entire cast and an extremely complex, thought-provoking script that never ceases to question our perceptions about the case and History itself.
March 23, 2014

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Judgement at Nuremberg is a classic film about the Nuremberg trials. Brilliantly acted and directed, the film chronicles one of the most important trials of the 20th century. The Nuremberg Trials were the first trials of its kind, and it brought to justice the men responsible of bringing millions of people to their deaths during the Holocaust. The story of the Nuremberg trials has been recounted many times on film, and I've seen quite a few films on the subject. Judgement at Nuremberg is the finest example of the trial. Stanley Kramer delivers stunning picture that boasts a great cast of actors, and the film has a wonderful script that captures the importance of the trial. Kramer directs a wonderful cast including Maximillian Schell, William Shatner, Spencer Tracy and Burt Lancaster. This is a flawless drama, and a must see for those who love court room drama. The film captivates the viewer by the fact that that this is based on real events and it adds to the experience. I found this film to be one of the better reconstructions of the trials, one that felt more subtle than other films, which for me anyway, felt less over dramatic, which is necessary in order to make a great film. Using great performances and a great story, Stanley Kramer was able to pull off a memorable and engaging drama that still resonates today. If you love classic cinema, Judgement at Nuremberg is a stunning, well acted film that recounts an important part of history. This is the finest portrait of the trials that I have seen, and anyone looking for the definitive portrait of the trials should watch this film. The cast, story, and direction are all top notch, and they make for a truly engaging film experience.
February 4, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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A bit overacted by Montgomery Clift, but stellar performances by Spencer Tracy and Maximilian Schell. Amazingly, even Marlene Dietrich was good. In any event, it's a great story. For those of you into good black-and-white films, this is recommended.
June 6, 2013

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    1. Gen. Merrin: To Lawson: Look, I'm not your commanding officer. I can't influence your decision, and I don't want to. But I want to give this to you, and I want to give it to you straight. We need the help of the German people. And you don't get the help of the German sentencing their leaders to stiff prison sentences. The thing to do is survive, isn't it? Survive as best we can, but survive.
    – Submitted by Victor M (20 months ago)
    1. Hans Rolfe: Why did we succeed, Your Honor? What about the rest of the world? Did it not know the intentions of the Third Reich? Did it not hear the words of Hitler's broadcasts all over the world? Did it not read his intentions in Mein Kampf...published in every corner of the world? Where is the responsibility of the Soviet Union...who signed in the pact with Hitler...enabled him to make war? Are we now to find Russia guilty? Where is the responsibility of the Vatican...who signed in the concordat with him his first tremendous prestige? Are we now to find the Vatican guilty? Where is the responsibility of the world leader Winston Churchill...who said in an open letter to the London Times in : 'Were England to suffer a national disaster, I should pray to send a man of the strength of mind and will of an Adolf Hitler.' Are we now to find Winston Churchill guilty? Where is the responsibility of those American industrialists...who helped Hitler to rebuild his armaments, and profited by that rebuilding? Are we now to find the American industrialists guilty? No, Your Honor. Germany alone is not guilty. The whole world is as responsible for Hitler as Germany.
    – Submitted by Victor M (20 months ago)
    1. Col. Tad Lawson: 'The hare was shot by the hunter in the field.' It's really quite simple.
    2. Capt. Harrison Byers: Colonel, I think we ought to be going.
    3. Judge Dan Haywood: Yes, we really shouldn't be discussing this.
    4. Col. Tad Lawson: No, Judge. We're fair Americans, and true-blue. We mustn't do anything that's out of order.
    – Submitted by Victor M (20 months ago)
    1. Mme. Bertholt: I wish you understood German. The words are very beautiful. Very sad. Much sadder than the English words.
    – Submitted by Victor M (20 months ago)
    1. Col. Tad Lawson: We beat the greatest war machine since Alexander the Great.
    – Submitted by Victor M (20 months ago)
    1. Mme. Bertholt: My husband was a military man all his life. He was entitled to a soldier's death. He asked for that. I tried to get that for him, just that, that he would die with some honor. I went from official to official. I begged for that. That he be permitted the dignity of a firing squad. You know what happened? He was hanged with the others... and after that, I knew what it was to hate. I never left the house, I never left the room. I drank. I hated with every fiber of my being. I hated every American I had ever known.
    – Submitted by Victor M (20 months ago)
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