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Judgement at Nuremberg (1961)

Director:
Stanley Kramer
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/War
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Dommen i Nürnberg
RUNNING TIME
179 minutes
Producer:
Stanley Kramer
Screenwriter:
Abby Mann


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Chief Judge Dan Haywood Spencer Tracy
Dr. Ernst Janning Burt Lancaster
Col. Tad Lawson Richard Widmark ½
Hans Rolfe Maximilian Schell ½
Emil Hahn Werner Klemperer
Mrs. Bertholt Marlene Dietrich
Rudolph Peterson Montgomery Clift
Irene Wallner Judy Garland
Hugo Wallner Howard Caine
Capt. Harrison Byers William Shatner
Herr Justizrat. Dr. Karl Wieck John Wengraf
Dr. Heinrich Geuter Karl Swenson
Herr Halbestadt Ben Wright

 

Review

Cerebral, detailed and incredibly nuanced study of the closing stages of the Nuremberg process, in which four judges stand trial for crimes against humanity after adhering to Nazi law during WWII. At three hours, the film is more than above averagely conscientious in its task; like the trial itself, director Stanley Kramer makes sure every point of view is considered in his daunting scrutiny. Amazingly though, the film remains pertinent and highly watchable throughout. Kramer uses his all-star cast to secure a remarkably high entertainment-value with a skillful balancing of sentimentality and objectivity. Spencer Tracy's laconic, trusted lead performance is well accompanied by explosive work from Maximilian Schell and Montgomery Clift in a film with a perspective which suggest a far newer production date.

Copyright © 22.5.2011 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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