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The Night of the Generals (1967)

In 1942, a Polish prostitute and German Agent is murdered in Warsaw. Suspicion falls on three Generals, and Major Grau (Omar Sharif) of German Intelligence seeks justice which ends up taking decades.

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Anatole Litvak

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Joseph Kessel (adapted for the screen by), Paul Dehn (adapted for the screen by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... General Tanz
Omar Sharif ... Major Grau
Tom Courtenay ... Corporal Hartmann
Donald Pleasence ... General Kahlenberge
Joanna Pettet ... Ulrike
Philippe Noiret ... Inspector Morand
Charles Gray ... General von Seidlitz-Gabler
Coral Browne ... Eleanore von Seidlitz-Gabler
John Gregson ... Colonel Sandauer
Nigel Stock ... Otto
Christopher Plummer ... Field Marshal Rommel
Juliette Gréco ... Juliette (as Juliette Greco)
Yves Brainville Yves Brainville ... Liesowski
Sacha Pitoëff ... Doctor (as Sacha Pitoeff)
Charles Millot ... Wionczek
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Storyline

In 1942 Warsaw, a Polish prostitute is murdered in a sadistic way. Major Grau (Omar Sharif), an Agent from German Intelligence who believes in justice, is in charge of the investigation. An eyewitness saw a German General leaving the building after a scream of the victim. A further investigation shows that three Generals do not have any alibi for that night: General Tanz (Peter O'Toole), Major General Klaus Kahlenberge (Donald Pleasence), and General von Seidlitz-Gabler (Charles Gray). The three avoid direct contact with Major Grau and become potential suspects. As Major Grau gets close to them, he is promoted and sent to Paris. In 1944 Paris, this quartet is reunited, and Major Grau continues his investigation. Meanwhile, a plan for killing Adolf Hitler is plotted by his high command, a romance between Ulrike von Seidlitz-Gabler (Joanna Pettet) and Lance Corporal Kurt Hartmann (Sir Tom Courtenay) is happening and Inspector Morand (Philippe Noiret) is helping Major Grau in his ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

24 February 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (Westrex Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Because Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif were being held to contracts signed several years earlier, when they were less famous, they both had to accept smaller fees than one would expect, given how famous they were when this movie was made early in 1966. Neither was very happy with this situation, but they took care to claim the lavish living expenses to which they were entitled. See more »

Goofs

General Tanz is portrayed as having commanded the Nibelungen division of the Waffen SS and later attends a reunion with banners/shields saying it was founded in 1940. However, the Nibelungen was formed barely one month before the end of the war in 1945. See more »

Quotes

General Tanz: [to Hartmann] I don't want to have to blow your handsome head to pieces.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are a montage of a Nazi general's clothing and decorations. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was heavily edited for an 'A' (PG) certificate and removed nearly all the references to the victims being whores, as well as shortening the bed scene between Hartmann & Ulrike, the police interrogation of the suspected sex offenders, and editing some of the dialogue describing the murders. Later releases were upgraded to a 15 certificate and were fully uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Voyage to Cythera (1984) See more »

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ENTRANCE MARCH
(from Tannhaeuser) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Wagner
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Well made movie that combines murder mystery and war.
15 May 2004 | by douglasadcomSee all my reviews

An overlooked little gem that gets better with each viewing. Murder mystery set in the German Army during World War II, involving 3 generals who are suspects. Entire cast in good form; fine ensemble acting. Peter O'Toole in top form as a fanatical SS general suspected in the murders. Donald Pleasence and Charles Gray portray the other 2 generals with secrets to hide. Omar Sharif does an excellent job as the Army colonel investigating. Film set in both 1942 occupied Poland, and 1944 occupied Paris. Also neatly ties in the July, 1944 plot to assassinate Hitler, with a cameo appearance by Christopher Plummer as Field Marshal Rommel. Recreates the actual bombing of Hitler's headquarters, and the efforts by the Paris generals to unseat the SS and Gestapo. Highly recommended viewing.


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