Brother pitted against brother, this gripping saga portrays the rise and fall of the Third Reich, through the lives of two ordinary brothers who find themselves on opposite wings of the Nazi party during the Second World War. Helmut (Bill Nighy) the brilliant but opportunistic student, and Karl (John Shea) an idealistic athlete, both come of age at the dawn of Hitler's power in 1930's Berlin. Although they follow their opposite paths under the evil Nazi banner they are still bound by the strong bond of love between brothers and their shared passion for the same woman (Carroll Baker).
- Hitler's SS: A Portrait of Evil review by JD
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Although it was made only 30 years ago, it feels older. The acting style is quite 50's, of the genre of Escape from Colditz, except that the English actors are playing German roles with English accents. Surprising that such well-known actors play in such a projected fashion. The fight scenes are very old fashioned, each swing of the arm arcing several feet from the opponent. The plot would have been more familiar to audiences in the immediate post-war era but were lost on me. I had not heard of the SA for example nor that the national socialists started as left wing. Interesting for students of the rise of Nazism but not as entertainment.