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Bunker, The (DVD)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitler's Last Days Revealed April 13 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Based on James O'Connell's best selling book, THE BUNKER is one of most accurate depictions of the last months of Adolf Hitler. Sir Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs, Nixon, A Bridge Too Far) was awarded an Emmy for his portrayal of Hitler. Considerable research was put into the book and that same detail transfers to the screen. The sets of the Chancellery, Bunker emergency exit and the Bunker itself are extremly detailed and could double for historic photos of the actual sites. The late Richard Jordan (The Secret of My Success, Gettysburg) contributes a strong performance as Hitler's Armaments Minister Albert Speer -- one of the few surviving senior vistors to the Fuehrer Bunker during the last days of Nazi Berlin.
Far superior to [other]productions ..., this is a definitive docu-drama of the last days of the Third Reich. The historical accuracy is striking. Costuming is accurate in almost every detail.
THE BUNKER was produced as a television movie in 1980 as a joint US - French production. This film is long overdue for release in DVD.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Surpassing Portrayal/Slow Moving Film July 28 2003
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Accurate Feb. 7 2003
By D J
Format:VHS Tape
Despite its production and acting, I must agree with James O'Connell (who wrote the book that led to this movie) that this is the most accurate description of what happened in Hitler's bunker that anyone will know, especially since the witnesses are mostly dead.
"The Bunker" depicts Hitler precisely as he was in his last days - a drugged, drooling hypocondriac divorced from reality and obsessed with destroying his own people. While Guiness' portrayal of Hitler in "The Last Ten Days" may be better acting, Hitler was really a wreck during the last days, and any neo-Nazi today would do well to watch this to discover exactly how their "Fuehrer" ended his days.
Of course, Albert Speer's assassination attempt has now been debunked by recently-released aerial photography of the bunker, and exactly when the "chimney" was constructed over the air duct goes against Speer's claims. But O'Donnell died more than a decade ago, and this movie was made in the early 1980s. Neither party could have known this when the film was made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FASCINATING Feb. 6 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I bought both "The Bunker" and "The Last Ten Days" at the same time and found both to be extremely compelling movies. The Bunker was a broader movie as it focuses on life within the bunder and the whole cast of characters who surrounded the Fuhrer in the final days. Each character had a role in the final demise. You got a feel for the atmosphere and emotions of those who only three years previously had ruthlessly ruled almost an entire continent only to see that rule reduced to just a few city blocks and being reduced further by the hour. You got a glimpse and an understanding of not just the central character, Adolf Hitler, but of the likes of Martin Bormann, Joseph Goebbels and his self-doomed family, Eva Braun, Albert Speer, and various lesser known figures. Unlike "The Last Ten Days," the movie did not end when the Fuhrer's life ended. It shows the Goebbels ending the lives of their children before taking their own. The movie ended with the attempt to escape -- a failed attempt for most.
The biggest slam on the movie, though, is that part of the movie did whitewash Albert Speer. The first part of the movie focused on him and his one half-hearted attempt to assassinate his friend, Adolf Hitler. It is true that he defied Hitler's orders -- at personal risk -- to apply a scorched earth policy against his own country. It is also true, but not depicted, that he was less than humane to the slaves who manned his armament empire. The man was sentenced to twenty years but many now believes based on documentation revealed since the Nuremburg trial that he could have easily gotten life or even the rope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
very good dvd and very good story too. Hitler was completely crazy at the end of his life and this story prove it
Published 16 months ago by Claude Couillard
4.0 out of 5 stars Hopkins is a Weaker Hitler
This version of Hitler's last days begs comparison with the earlier production with Alec Guinness. Hopkin's Hitler comes across as weaker, less strong, but it is a careful study... Read more
Published on July 17 2003 by Roger Kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great acting by Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins is absolutely riveting as Adolf Hitler. He captures all of Hitler's mannerisms, quirks, and facial expressions. Read more
Published on July 16 2003 by "johnsow30"
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny acting, entertaining, Longer than expected.
Anthony Hopkins over does it at times but it makes you laugh (Unintended I am sure by the actors) the back of the video says the running time is 89 Mins but it runs 3 Hours. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2002 by NO ALIBI
2.0 out of 5 stars read the book
Those who have read the book will be very disappointed in this movie adaptation. The movie ends long before the book and the movie totally dismisses the infamous breakout of the... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2002 by Don A. Gregory
2.0 out of 5 stars Inferior to "Hitler: The Last Ten Days"
Much of this movie focuses on the supposed, 11th-hour contriteness of "good Nazi" Albert Speer. Read more
Published on May 5 2001 by thebookaneer
4.0 out of 5 stars A great film with great performances.
This is one the best films that have ever been made. Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of Hitler was effective and convincing. The film had a lot of suspense and action. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2001 by Eric Finkelstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Never in my life have I seen acting like this!
This movie, while of standard fare quality considering the time it was made and the fact that is was a cable movie, is of exceptional quality. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2000 by Dale Birkenstock
4.0 out of 5 stars Tea with Adolf.
Anyone who was ever curious about what the last desperate days of The Third Reich were like needs to see this film. Read more
Published on April 24 2000 by Richard P. Mayhew
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