This German battlefield drama, released on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the climactic 1943 defeat of the Nazi forces at Stalingrad in Russia, does not paint a pretty picture either of war itself or of the Germans fighting in that war. Out of hundreds of thousands of previously victorious German soldiers who took part in this most crucial battle of WWII, a mere six thousand ruined men survived. Today, the word "Stalingrad" is used by Germans to signify any particularly ruinous reversal or defeat. In...
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This German battlefield drama, released on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the climactic 1943 defeat of the Nazi forces at Stalingrad in Russia, does not paint a pretty picture either of war itself or of the Germans fighting in that war. Out of hundreds of thousands of previously victorious German soldiers who took part in this most crucial battle of WWII, a mere six thousand ruined men survived. Today, the word "Stalingrad" is used by Germans to signify any particularly ruinous reversal or defeat. In the story, the lives of several German soldiers are followed as they are transformed from arrogant and victorious killers into demoralized cowards who will do anything at all in order to survive, usually without success. Due to a political climate of resurgent sympathy for the fascists at the time this film was made, is was particularly important to the filmmakers to show the soldiers as lacking any shred of military dignity or real courage. Thus, though this big budget, well-made film did well in Germany, its lack of any truly sympathetic characters made it less popular elsewhere.
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Special Features

Featurette - the making of Stalingrad; Theatrical and TV trailers
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
An epic treatment of World War II's most prolonged and bloodiest battle has yet to be made, but this grunt's eye view of that event is a powerful dramatic treatment on its own terms. Even before the storm troopers of the Sixth Army depart for the Russian front from a beachside idyll in Italy, there is a suggestion of trouble in the ranks when one of their number refuses to button his collar for a medals ceremony and his commanding officer in turn refuses to award him his medal. This theme, the conflict between the ground-level soldier and the officers who blindly follow orders, caring little for the morale of their men, is best illustrated in a terse exchange of dialogue. When a captain tries to tell Sergeant Rohleder (Jochen Nickel), "I'm not a Nazi," the weary, nearly frozen sergeant replies, "No. You're worse, you lousy officers. You went along, even though you knew who was in charge." In this movie's view, Stalingrad became less of a battle against the Russians and a more a battle for survival. "If you start to think, you go crazy," advises one soldier to another even before they're in desperate straits, and there are few heroes in this story, just men operating on gut instinct. The script focuses on a small company of soldiers, all of them fairly admirable, though as their number dwindles, they become divided on the limits of their duty to the Fatherland. Like Das Boot, with whom this shares a number of production personnel, this was a TV miniseries in Germany, which doesn't mean the filmmakers stint on their depictions of violence. Even if it comes up short in depicting the details of the German command's folly in fighting on through the winter, Stalingrad, like Das Boot, does transcend national rooting interests in offering a vivid depiction of the insanity of war.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2013
  • UPC: 759731414524
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Rating:

  • Source: Henstooth Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:18:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,828

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dominique Horwitz Fritz Reiser
Thomas Kretschmann Hans von Witzland
Jochen Nickel Manfred "Rollo" Rohleder
Dana Vávrová Irina
Martin Benrath General Hentz
Sylvester Groth Otto
Karel Hermanek Hauptmann Husk
Sebastian Rudolph
Jaroslav Tomsa Opa Erwin
Petr Skarke Soldat 1
Heinz Emigholz Edgar
Oliver Broumis HGM
Cestmir Randa Soldat 3
Karel Habl Adjutant
Technical Credits
Joseph Vilsmaier Director, Cinematographer, Producer, Screenwriter
Karl Baumgartner Special Effects
Karl Baumgertner Special Effects
Milan Bor Score Composer
Jurgen Buscher Screenwriter
Mark Damon Executive Producer
Jindrich Goetz Production Designer
Johannes M.M. Heide Screenwriter
Ute Hofinger Costumes/Costume Designer
Wolfgang Hundhammer Production Designer
Hanno Huth Producer
Hannes Nikel Editor
Ruth Philipp Makeup
Günter Rohrbach Producer
Norbert Schneider Score Composer
Milan Steindler Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stalingrad
1. Start [10:38]
2. To the Front [9:28]
3. First Encounter [18:46]
4. Cease Fire [13:05]
5. The Sewers [12:37]
6. Land Mines [8:55]
7. Tanks [11:30]
8. An Execution [13:21]
9. Last Plane [14:44]
10. Hidden Plunder [11:36]
11. Refugees [8:48]
12. End Credits [4:07]
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Disc #1 -- Stalingrad
   Play Feature
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Material
      Featurette: The Making of Stalingrad
      Theatrical Trailer
      Teaser Trailer
      English Subtitles
         English Subtitles: On
         English Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Stunning Portrayal On The Horrors Of War

    This moving German film on the decisive battle of Stalingrad is a stunning portryal of the abysmal defeat Germany's 6th Army suffered at the hands of Soviet forces in 1943. Released before 'Saving Private Ryan', this film has some of the most visually moving and horrid war scenes I have ever seen. The film's scenes and plot do an excellent job at portraying how the German army progressed from gleaming confidence to utter dissillusionment and despair in their campaign on the Eastern Front. Starting with well over 150,000 men in the initial phases of the battle, the German 6th Army was left with only 90,000 soldiers who surrendered by 1943: only 6000 of them returned alive by 1945 to tell their tale. The film focuses on the lives and characters of a platoon and their experiences. Full of hope, pride, and arrogance as they leave Italy in the beginning, the audience sees the characters deteriorate into little more than frightened animals seeking safety from the wrath of the enemy and the unforgiving winter conditions. The movie has some distortions as to the common perceptions held by German soldiers as to their role in the Third Reich's army but this is to emphasize the issue of conscience, to present the characters as sympathetic, and to create plot tension. As is typical with many WWII movies, there is the stereotypical amoral NAZI hardline party member to act as a counterpoint. These narrative/cinematic techniques are unobtrusive though and don't erode the impact of the movie. This movie is far better than Enemy At The Gates which covers the same battle. It's not innundated with cliche dialogue and stereotypical Hollywood portrayals of Soviets or Germans. The closing scene has to be the grimmest ending I have seen in any war film. Thus, the film remains a sober drama and brings the full impact as to the horrible conditions German and Soviet soldiers fought under in that fateful battle that cost over 1 million lives. I strongly recommend this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    I personally saw this film in Germany, full length, not hacked up, as found with the american version of ''Das Boot'', which was almost a true 6hrs. The american audiences are shameful in their attention spans, and a true film should not have a time limit to tell its story, if accurate. I am an american, but if you feel a story should be shown full-length, then make it so. This film was great! Also, if you have the time to learn a 2nd Language, its best if in German. It matters not who's wrong or right, you fight 100% for your buddy on the left and on your right........cause thats all you've got! Not some punk president like ''W'' placing you cause he's got a bug up his you know what! You also take in from this movie the craziness of an outright panic as the last plane leaves behind critical wounded, but takes out the single general that put you there, cause he has political pull. Thats when you realize, the lack of concern, as if you're right with the characters. The characters portray the bond to each other, as soldiers should, in most Armies. Thats the bond. ''Wenn alle Bruder schweigen'' by GeneralOberstgruppenfuhrer und Generaloberst der Waffen SS Paul Hauser. The SS was part of the Army, under the Army control. Yet, the Army denies any....ANY... knowledge of attrocities! BS! And NO Army General really took the fall as did the SS comanders..........left out to the soldiers in this film! See it!

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    Posted May 12, 2009

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