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The Bunker

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  • Actors: Richard Jordan, Michael Lonsdale, Anthony Hopkins, Cliff Gorman, Susan Blakely
  • Directors: David Schafer
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • Studio: HBO
  • Release Date: May 30 2006
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0006Z2NYU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,411 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Bunker, The (DVD)

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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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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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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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By A Customer on Feb. 6 2002
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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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