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Judgment at Nuremberg

Judgment at Nuremberg

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Director: Stanley Kramer

Cast: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark

     
 

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After the end of World War II, the world gradually became aware of the full extent of the war crimes perpetrated by the Third Reich. In 1948, a series of trials were held in Nuremberg, Germany, by an international tribunal, headed by American legal and military officials, with the intent of bringing to justice those guilty of crimes against humanity. However, by that

Overview

After the end of World War II, the world gradually became aware of the full extent of the war crimes perpetrated by the Third Reich. In 1948, a series of trials were held in Nuremberg, Germany, by an international tribunal, headed by American legal and military officials, with the intent of bringing to justice those guilty of crimes against humanity. However, by that time most of the major figures of the Nazi regime were either dead or long missing, and in the resulting legal proceedings American judges often found themselves confronting the question of how much responsibility someone held who had "just followed orders." Judgment at Nuremberg is a dramatized version of the proceedings at one of these trials, in which Judge Dan Haywood (Spencer Tracy) is overseeing the trials of four German judges -- most notably Dr. Ernst Janning (Burt Lancaster) and Emil Hahn (Werner Klemperer) -- accused of knowingly sentencing innocent men to death in collusion with the Nazis. Representing the defense is attorney Hans Rolfe (Maximilian Schell), while prosecuting the accused is U.S. Col. Tad Lawson (Richard Widmark). As the trial goes on, both the visiting Americans and their reluctant German hosts often find themselves facing the legacy of the war, and how both of their nations have been irrevocably changed by it. Judgment at Nuremberg also features notable supporting performances by Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, and Montgomery Clift. Originally written and produced as a play for television, the screen version of Judgment at Nuremberg was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, with Maximilian Schell and Abby Mann taking home Oscars for (respectively) Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Judgment at Nuremberg, which reenacts the third of 13 infamous 1948 war-crime trials, is most powerful for its subtle and shaded characterizations of both victim and victimizer. There are no easily identifiable evil enemies: the bad guys seem an awful lot like you or me, which is one of the film's central points about the rise of the Nazis. Riveting performances distinguish the movie, especially Montgomery Clift, Judy Garland, and Burt Lancaster in the showiest parts (which they make the most of). Spencer Tracy anchors the proceedings with a reliably level-headed performance. The script, which presents complex moral and philosophical issues quite well, is not quite as cutting, bitter, or angst-ridden as the subject demands. The subject matter guarantees some intensely emotional moments; however, the script occasionally fails to use them to challenge viewers to look more closely at their own self-satisfaction. Instead, we get some rather windy speechifying. Visually, the film is somewhat static (as courtroom dramas often are), though the dramatic power of the historical subject often makes it easy to overlook this flaw. Nominated for 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director for Stanley Kramer, and acting nominations for Tracy, Garland, and Montgomery Clift, the film won for Abby Mann, who adapted the screenplay from the stage play, and Maximilian Schell, who plays the Nazi criminals' defense lawyer.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/09/2015
UPC:
0738329163129
Original Release:
1961
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kl Studio Classics
Region Code:
1
Time:
3:06:00
Sales rank:
8,861

Special Features

"In Conversation" featurette with Abby Mann and Maximilian Schell; "A Tribute to Stanley Kramer" featurette; "The Value of a Single Human Being" featurette; Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy Judge Dan Haywood
Burt Lancaster Ernst Janning
Richard Widmark Col. Tad Lawson
Marlene Dietrich Mme. Bertholt
Maximilian Schell Hans Rolfe
Judy Garland Irene Hoffman
Montgomery Clift Rudolph Petersen
Werner Klemperer Emil Hahn
Edward Binns Sen. Burkette
William Shatner Capt. Harrison Byers
Kenneth MacKenna Judge Kenneth Norris
Torben Meyer Werner Lammpe
Ray Teal Judge Curtiss Ives
Martin Brandt Friedrich Hofstetter
Virginia Christine Mrs. Halbestadt
Ben Wright Halbestadt
Joseph E. Bernard Maj. Abe Radnitz
John Wengraf Dr. Wieck
Karl Swenson Dr. Geuter
Howard Caine Wallner
Olga Fabian Mrs. Lindnow
Sheila Bromley Mrs. Ives
Bernard Kates Perkins
Jana Taylor Elsa Scheffler
Paul Busch Schmidt
Joseph Crehan Spectator
Otto Waldis Pohl
Alan Baxter Gen. Merrin

Technical Credits
Stanley Kramer Director,Producer
Clem Beauchamp Production Manager
Art Dunham Musical Direction/Supervision
Ernest Gold Score Composer
Joe King Costumes/Costume Designer
Frederic Knudtson Editor
Philip Langner Associate Producer
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Abby Mann Screenwriter
George Milo Set Decoration/Design
Robert J. Schiffer Makeup
Rudolph Sternad Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Judgment at Nuremberg
1. Chapter 1 [:11]
2. Chapter 2 [22:58]
3. Chapter 3 [17:56]
4. Chapter 4 [26:54]
5. Chapter 5 [19:31]
6. Chapter 6 [24:04]
7. Chapter 7 [7:13]
8. Chapter 8 [15:19]

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