When a Polish prostitute is brutally murdered in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, her killer is identified only as a German general. For years the crime remains unsolved, until the killer strikes again, bring this mesmerising mystery to its unforgettable finish.
What were they thinking?
- The Night of the Generals review by Steve Mason
A prostitute is killed in Nazi occupied Warsaw. One of three high ranking Generals is responsible...
A dud, all the more disappointing in that it was directed by the respected Anatole Litvak. An international cast competes to deliver the most misjudged performance; Tom Courtney wins for his cowardly, diffident womaniser.
With particularly poor script and editing, this unfocused film is way too long, and not quite weird enough to be fun.
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Generally a Great Night
- The Night of the Generals review by RP
Hadn't seen this film for some time and was delighted to catch up with it again. If anything Night of The Generals is even better than I remember. With so much acting talent on show it is a great reminder how a fairly standard plot can be magnified into something special. Peter O' Toole brought his unique style playing one of the Generals suspected of being a killer. In a War that is brutal and has death as a badge of honour, who cares if a prostitute is brutally murdered? Omar Sharif does and despite the mayhem of War is determined to find the killer.
The side plot of the attempted killing of Hitler adds to the confusion with Donald Pleasence, Charles Gray and Tom Courtenay adding to the acting class on show. A great film and a delight to see it again.
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O'Toole at his best
- The Night of the Generals review by Pete W
Thriller which sets the hunt for a serial killer against the background of the bomb plot against Hitler and post war neo Nazism. O'Toole plays a suitably unhinged German general who is a fanatical supporter of Hitler - but is he the killer? Good support from a range of British actors with only Omar Sharif slightly miscast as a German intelligence officer.