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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.
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.
"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.
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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very good dvd and very good story too. Hitler was completely crazy at the end of his life and this story prove itPublished on June 14 2013 by Claude Couillard
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 morePublished on July 17 2003 by Roger Kennedy
Anthony Hopkins is absolutely riveting as Adolf Hitler. He captures all of Hitler's mannerisms, quirks, and facial expressions. Read morePublished on July 16 2003
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 morePublished on Oct. 31 2002 by NO ALIBI
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 morePublished on Feb. 4 2002 by Don A. Gregory
Much of this movie focuses on the supposed, 11th-hour contriteness of "good Nazi" Albert Speer. Read morePublished on May 5 2001 by thebookaneer
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 morePublished on Jan. 7 2001 by Eric Finkelstein
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 morePublished on Dec 8 2000 by Dale Birkenstock