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Fatherland [Import]

Rutger Hauer , Miranda Richardson , Christopher Menaul    Unrated   VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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This retro-futuristic adventure depicts a 1964 in which Hitler won the war and Joe Kennedy Sr. is U.S. president. Europe is known as Germania and opens its borders to American journalists, hoping to line up the U.S. as an ally against Russia. Set design and costumes very effectively create a potent and prosperous state, culled both from imagination and the history books. More downbeat and perhaps more effective than Robert Harris's chilling novel, Fatherland is brought to life by Rutger Hauer as an SS officer who stumbles onto eye-opening secrets. Miranda Richardson is the tough-cookie American caught up in a web of lies made all the more intriguing by a superb supporting cast. They hook up to solve a murder and uncover an atrocity dating back to World War II. Watch for a particularly nasty Jean Marsh in a supporting role; she steals every scene in which she appears. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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Format:VHS Tape
The theme of "Fatherland" is imaginative, and constitutes one of the best "alternate history" scenario stories I have ever come across. Without giving away any spoilers, it is simple: the Normandy invasion of France is an utter failure, and Nazi Germany ultimately becomes the master of Europe, as America turns away from the European war to concentrate on defeating Japan. By 1960, the "Cold War" between Germany "Germania" (still ruled by the 75 year-old Adolf Hitler) and the United States is in full swing. The novel is set in Berlin. The plot centers on a political murder being investigated by Sturmbahnfuhrer Xavier March, of the German SS Criminal Police. More would be telling.
This is a very well done film, and I agree with some of the other reviewers that this film is even better than the book. (By the way, the book is superb as well, and also merits five stars). This is one of those wonderful films in which the musical score adds an extra dimension to the mood, and Gary Chang deserves kudos for his work here. Rutger Hauer turns in an outstanding performance as Xavier March, once again proving that this underrated actor is a considerable talent. Overall this movie absolutely convinces the viewer about how our world might have been. And thank God is not.
I trust that this superb film will soon be available on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ein volk! ein riech! ein fuerer! July 11 2004
By abe
Format:VHS Tape
this is a what if story about if hitler would have won ww2.its a hbo-back to the 1860s-movie so no stars in this one.the kids will probably fall asleep if they watch it.it isthe second best 3rd reich based movie ever.most of the head full of crap-forced in by society and school types will be offended .but anyone with a mind will enjoy it.the real message here is you cant belive everything you here or read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alternate History Become Alternate Nightmare May 14 1997
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
It's 1963, and in the super-state of Nazi Germania a detective finds a body that could unravel the triumphant Third Reich. I heartily recommend this movie, and the book. END
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good Movie May 2 2004
By none
Format:VHS Tape
I happened to catch this movie on Fox26 and I thought it was a pretty good movie.
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