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13 Minutes (Elser) (2017)

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Critic Consensus: 13 Minutes explores an oft-neglected corner of World War II history with just enough craft and narrative momentum to offset a disappointing lack of subtlety.

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During Hitler's anniversary speech on November 8, 1939, a man is arrested on the Swiss border for possession of suspicious objects. Just minutes later, a bomb explodes in the Munich Bürgerbräukeller, immediately behind the Führer's lectern, killing eight people. The man is Georg Elser (Christian Friedel), a carpenter from Königsbronn in the Swabia region. When a map of the site of the assault and detonators are found on him, he is sent to the head of the Criminal Police in the Reichssicherheitshauptamt, Arthur Nebe (Burghart Klaussner) and the head of the Gestapo, Heinrich Müller (Johann von Bülow) to be questioned. From them, Elser learns that his attempt has failed--that the man he wanted to kill in order to stop the bloodshed of the World War that had just begun, has left the Bürgerbräukeller 13 MINUTES before the explosion. For days, Elser is interrogated by Nebe and Müller, for days, he holds out against their questions. Until he finally confesses and relates the story of his deed. Thus, Elser remembers how National Socialism slowly metastasized in his home village. How he attempted to oppose it, together with his best friend Josef Schurr (David Zimmerschied) and a few others. How he met Elsa (Katharina Schüttler), fell in love with her, but because of his plans had to turn away from her, his friends and his family. And how, finally, he acted: How he built the bomb, and installed it at the site in long nights of work.

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Cast

Christian Friedel
as Georg Elser
Burghart Klaussner
as Arthur Nebe
Johann von Bülow
as Heinrich Müller
Felix Eitner
as Hans Eberle
David Zimmerschied
as Josef Schurr
Simon Licht
as SS Obergruppenführer
Cornelia Kondgen
as Maria Elser
Martin Maria Abram
as Ludwig Elser
Michael Kranz
as Franz Xaver Lechner
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Critic Reviews for 13 Minutes (Elser)

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Although "13 Minutes" is a period piece, it addresses issues that continue to resonate in society.

August 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[A] gripping, somber German-language drama based on actual events ...

August 8, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Friedel conveys an awful lot simply with his eyes as Elser, projecting lusty soulfulness in happier times, sorrow over the Nazis' rise to power, and stunned disbelief at his plot's failure.

July 27, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It puts one in the mind to make a meme: Hitler reacts to Oliver Hirschbiegel's prosaic flashback transitions.

July 21, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Conspiracy theories surrounded the Elser plot for years, and his political motives have been debated; as scripted here, he acted alone and purely from moral conviction, which Friedel conveys in a passionate, charismatic performance.

July 20, 2017 | Full Review…

"13 Minutes" is a superbly acted and strikingly evocative work, with careful attention to period detail and its many emotional beats.

July 7, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 13 Minutes (Elser)

The kind of run-of-the-mill biopic that seems like a telefim, with a conventional script that lays every detail out in the open (in case you have any cognitive problem) and a series of irrelevant flashbacks that don't really help us understand the character as well as they should.

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