As much as I'd like to rate this film high, it suffers from onof the classic symptoms of movies like these - it really needs to get moving in spots. It's kind of like going along at 55 MPH, and then coming to a stop light, ad nauseum.
Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of Hitler was surpassing, although I cannot compare it to someone like Alec Guinness, because I haven't seen that film yet, but for an HBO film and the choice of Hopkins, it's like some of the former reviews puts it - he grows on you, and almost transforms himself into Hitler before your eyes.
The supporting cast was okay, as far as supporting casts go. Susan Blakely played Eva Braun, although for some reason, I never expected Braun to be as attractive as Blakely portrayed her to be.
The subject matter, of course, is true to form. How the nation of Germany fell under the spell of what was to become a weak man, suffering from medical symptoms and emotional hysteria and paranoia escapes me, but don't all dictators somehow put their spell on the populace? In his case, he had Goebbels help, another character which was portrayed with chilling accuracy, all the while the propagandist trying to "pump up the Third Reich," but suggesting at times that FDR was dead, and that the cause will live on, and that the Jews were the cause of the problems they had, and wishing the world would take Germany's cue in this struggle.
A very interesting film, but I just wished it had gone a little more smoother. The pauses (momentary blackouts) were a little unnerving, especially as you get into the movie, and the 3 minute intermission was a bit much. Then there was the claim that the film was 87 minutes long. I watched it with my wife, and we figured it at two hours long.
If you're a Hopkins fan, this is a must-see. If you're a history buff, there might be other movies out there a little more appealing.