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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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.
I didn't want the movie to end it was so good.
I have watched it atleast 10 times.
If you are curious about what the world would look
like if The Germans would have won WW2,,,,THIS IS
THE MOVIE FOR YOU !!!
GREAT actors as well..
WATCH IT & ENJOY :o)
What ultimately brings it all undone is the rather bizarre finale.
An unappreciated 'niche market' film, I guess. But certainly worth watching.
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I happened to catch this movie on Fox26 and I thought it was a pretty good movie.Published on May 2 2004 by none
With such actors as Rutger Hauer, Miranda Richardson and Michael Kitchen the film had all the promise to do the book credit. Sadly it falls short. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 1998