Hangmen Also Die Reviews

  • Jul 09, 2017

    A Czech perspective on Nazi occupation. Well made, but a little long.

    A Czech perspective on Nazi occupation. Well made, but a little long.

  • Feb 24, 2017

    Donlevy stiff. Obvious propaganda film doesn't hold up well, as sympathetic to the cause as I am!

    Donlevy stiff. Obvious propaganda film doesn't hold up well, as sympathetic to the cause as I am!

  • Feb 11, 2017

    saw on pbs tv 2-2017: Anthropoid 1943 movie "Hangmen also die"...starring Ryan Donlevy Brian Dunlevy and Walter Brennan! As. European. About Nazi Reinhold Heydrich About his assassination, but before it was actually known??

    saw on pbs tv 2-2017: Anthropoid 1943 movie "Hangmen also die"...starring Ryan Donlevy Brian Dunlevy and Walter Brennan! As. European. About Nazi Reinhold Heydrich About his assassination, but before it was actually known??

  • Jun 08, 2015

    good WWII thriller based on actual events.

    good WWII thriller based on actual events.

  • Sep 08, 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.

    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.

  • Mar 23, 2014

    Between 2.5 and 3. One of these stories which is difficult to tell because it talks about common situations in cinema with dilemmas focused on defence of freedom (I presume they were not so common at that time, in the middle of the war), but which had to be told. Despite it, some interesting points.

    Between 2.5 and 3. One of these stories which is difficult to tell because it talks about common situations in cinema with dilemmas focused on defence of freedom (I presume they were not so common at that time, in the middle of the war), but which had to be told. Despite it, some interesting points.

  • Oct 29, 2013

    Based on a story by Fritz Lang and Bertold Brecht, this is a solid drama about events in Czechoslavakia during the Nazi occupation. Tighter editing and less emphasis on loyalist moralizing would have resulted in a superior political thriller

    Based on a story by Fritz Lang and Bertold Brecht, this is a solid drama about events in Czechoslavakia during the Nazi occupation. Tighter editing and less emphasis on loyalist moralizing would have resulted in a superior political thriller

  • Sep 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

    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

  • Aug 20, 2013

    Pretty uninspired stuff unfortunately. Very little German expressionist magic and basically a dreary exercise in wartime propaganda. I was bored.

    Pretty uninspired stuff unfortunately. Very little German expressionist magic and basically a dreary exercise in wartime propaganda. I was bored.

  • Stephen E Super Reviewer
    Apr 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.

    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.