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Watch on the Rhine (1943)


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 2
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 0


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 553



Movie Info

An expansion of, and improvement upon, Lillian Hellman's stage play of the same name, Watch on the Rhine stars Paul Lukas, recreating his Broadway role of tireless anti-fascist crusader Kurt Muller. As the clouds of war gather in Europe in the late 1930s, Muller arrives in Washington DC, accompanied by his American wife Sara (top-billed Bette Davis) and their children Joshua (Donald Buka), Bodo (Eric Roberts) and Babette (Janis Wilson). The Mullers stay at the home of Sarah's wealthy mother … More

Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Classics
Directed By:
Written By:
Dashiell Hammett
In Theaters:
Apr 1, 2008
Warner Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Watch on the Rhine

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (1) | DVD (2)

Watch on the Rhine is a distinguished picture. It is even better than its powerful original stage version.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

A fine, sincere, outspoken film.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic


Full Review… | January 31, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide important today as its was in 1943. (Bette Davis Collection, Volume 3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2008
Movie Metropolis

Starring Bette Davis, Lillian Hellman's anti-Nazi play was made into simplistic film, full of contrivances and propagandistic speeches, meant to justify U.S. involvement in WWII.

Full Review… | January 30, 2008

Audience Reviews for Watch on the Rhine

a cautionary tale about the insidiousness of evil and the danger of complacency

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A middling Bette Davis film which doesn't happen very often. I get the sense that this is yet another propaganda film and thus the actors only have one dimension to explore. Only mildly entertaining.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Watch on the Rhine Quotes

Fanny Farrelly:
Well. We've been shaken out of the magnolias.
– Submitted by Christopher B (14 months ago)
Sara Muller:
I would have married you any day of my life!
– Submitted by Christopher B (14 months ago)
Pssst. Ask Herr Müller to come up here.
Fanny Farrelly:
Why? Why? Because he is a man in love with his wife and because his wife looks most beautiful. You are getting so old - you're no longer understand the matters of delicacy between a man and a woman!
– Submitted by Christopher B (14 months ago)
Joshua Miller:
The door on the home was not locked. We just - came in!
Kurt Muller:
You find it curious to believe that there are people who live and do not need to watch, eh Joshua?
Joshua Miller:
It is strange. But it must be good, I think.
– Submitted by Christopher B (14 months ago)
Phili Von Ramme:
How many of them come here? Our Herr Hitler violates their morality in the morning, but by evening they've recovered, and they're here to dinner at the Embassy. So it's done in most places for over seven years. I might almost suspect their morality.
– Submitted by Christopher B (14 months ago)
Kurt Muller:
I fight against Fascism; that is my trade.
– Submitted by Christopher B (14 months ago)

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