Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004)



Critic Consensus: Downfall is an illuminating, thoughtful and detailed account of Hitler's last days.

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In the dead of a November night in 1942, SS officers through the woods escort a group of young women to Wolf's Lair, Hitler's headquarters in Eastern Prussia. They are candidates for the post of personal secretary to the Fuehrer. Among them is 22-year-old Traudl Junge, a fresh-faced girl from Munich. Traudl is chosen for the job and she is overcome with joy at the thought of serving beside her Fuehrer. BERLIN, APRIL 20, 1945: Hitler has retreated to a bunker system under the German Chancellery. Traudl Junge is asleep in her room, deep beneath the ground. She is awakened by tremors from artillery fire. The enemy is getting closer. Charting the last 10 days of Hitler's life, from his 56th birthday on April 20th, 1945 to his suicide on April 30th, the film uses multiple characters to show the chaos of a country coming apart at the seams, from Hitler's henchman under the streets of Berlin, to the soldiers and civilians fighting and dying as the Soviet Army ravaged the city above.
Rating: R (for strong violence, disturbing images and some nudity)
Genre: Art House & International , Drama
Directed By: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Written By: Bernd Eichinger
In Theaters: wide
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Bruno Ganz
as Adolf Hitler
Corinna Harfouch
as Magda Goebbels
Ulrich Matthes
as Joseph Goebbels
Juliane Köhler
as Eva Braun
Heino Ferch
as Albert Speer
Christian Berkel
as Prof. Dr. Ernst-Günter Schenck
Matthias Habich
as Prof. Dr. Werner Haase
Thomas Kretschmann
as SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein
Michael Mendl
as General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling
André Hennicke
as SS-Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke
Ulrich Noethen
as Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler
Donevan Gunia
as Peter, the Hitler Youth kid
Birgit Minichmayr
as Gerda Christian
Justus von Dohnányi
as Wilhelm Burgdorf
Dieter Mann
as Generalfeldmarschall
Christian Redl
as Generaloberst
Götz Otto
as Sturmbannführer
Thomas Thieme
as Reichsleiter
Gerald Alexander Held
as Walther Hewel
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