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The Night of the Generals (1967)

The Night of the Generals (1967)





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In this brooding WW II-era mystery, a Nazi agent must prove that one of three high-ranking generals is guilty of killing a Polish prostitute. The tale is based on a novel by Hans-Helmut Kirst.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Omar Sharif
as Major Grau
Peter O'Toole
as General Tanz
Donald Pleasence
as Gen. Kahlenberge
Tom Courtenay
as Hartmann
Joanna Pettet
as Ulrike
Philippe Noiret
as Inspector Morand
Coral Browne
as Eleanore von Seidlitz-Gabler
John Gregson
as Col. Sandauer
Christopher Plummer
as Field Marshal Rommel
Juliette Greco
as Juliette
Yves Brainville
as Liesowski
Charles Millot
as Wionczek
Raymond Gerome
as Colonel in war room
Elenore Hirt
as Melanie
Pierre Mondy
as Kopatski
Eleonore Hirt
as Melanie
Jenny Orléans
as Otto's Wife
Gerard Buhr
as Von Stauffenberg
Gordon Jackson
as Capt. Engel
Harry Andrews
as Gov. Stupnagel
Mac Ronay
as Tanz's Driver
Nicole Courcel
as Raymonde
Patrick Allen
as Col. Mannheim
Charles Gray
as Gen. von Seydlitz-Gabler
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Critic Reviews for The Night of the Generals

All Critics (4)

An ambitious if errant undertaking.

Full Review… | July 4, 2015
Creative Loafing

Quirky character study in Nazi evil.

Full Review… | September 10, 2010
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Audience Reviews for The Night of the Generals

An overstuffed turkey. A waste of 2 and a half hour despite some of the talent involved. Peter O'Toole not as his best.

Rémy Voyron
Rémy Voyron

There are a lot of good features in this film, but unfortunately in the end the question becomes 'what is the point?' The basic plot is that a prostitute was murdered by one of three German generals and the local Abwehr officer must determine which one. The mystery aspect is played out well until the answer is revealed to the audience quite blatantly, at which point a traditional film would end. Instead, the film takes about twenty or thirty minutes as certain characters trace out what we already know through sources we already understand. There are other mysteries as well. A great deal of the film is set around the July 20 plot to assassinate Hitler. But this too is a mystery that is quite openly explained to us along with who is involved. So where is the drama supposed to come from? If it's not a mystery then what is it? A large part of the film seems to be a character study of General Tanz (O'Toole's character). It is complicated somewhat by the fact that Tanz is kinda a dick who never really talks about himself. Most scenes with him are just him being driven around Paris being antisocial. It's not very exciting. Omar Shariff's Major Grau is somewhat interesting as the man pursuing the murderer, but despite his importance to the plot he has little screen time at all. The film doesn't know what it wants to be so it's never really anything at all.

Stuart McCunn
Stuart McCunn

A nice crime caper that centers around the Valkyrie conspiracy during WWII def see this before you go and see the Tom Cruise movie that is being filmed at the moment, if not just to see Peter O Toole and Omar Sharif in their prime

David Sullivan
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