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The Bunker (1981)

Dramatization depicting the events surrounding Adolf Hitler's (Sir Anthony Hopkins') last weeks in and around his underground bunker in Berlin before and during the battle for the city.

Director:

George Schaefer

Writers:

John Gay (written for television by), James P. O'Donnell (based on the book by)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Adolf Hitler
Richard Jordan ... Albert Speer
Cliff Gorman ... Joseph Goebbels
James Naughton ... James O'Donnell
Michael Lonsdale ... Martin Bormann
Martin Jarvis ... Johannes Hentschel
Michael Kitchen ... Rochus Misch
Andrew Ray Andrew Ray ... Otto Günsche
Piper Laurie ... Magda Goebbels
Susan Blakely ... Eva Braun
Robert Austin Robert Austin ... Wagner
Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman ... Riebold
Graham Bishop Graham Bishop ... Helmut Goebbels
Kevin Bishop Kevin Bishop ... Themmer
Nathalie Boulmer Nathalie Boulmer ... Elga Goebbels
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Storyline

In 1945, The Third Reich is in its death throes with the Allies relentlessly attacking the capital city of Berlin. Its Führer, Adolf Hitler (Sir Anthony Hopkins), retreats into his fortified bunker in Berlin with his senior staff. There, gripped with delusions of grandeur and despair, Hitler commands a hopeless last stand with resources existing largely in his own mind. While resisting the pleas of rational minions like Albert Speer (Richard Jordan), basic reality finally comes unavoidable. With that, Hitler and his fanatical fellows prepare for their own end even as their grandiose dreams are becoming a smoking ruin above. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Genres:

Drama | History | War

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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

27 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bunker See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD edition) (2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In an interview published in the Los Angeles Times just before the film first aired on TV in 1981, Anthony Hopkins said his biggest problem as an actor in playing Hitler was working out a voice for the private Hitler. Many records and films exist of Hitler speaking in public, working his way into overwrought screaming, but Hopkins didn't think he had talked that way in private and had to work out a credible voice for the private Hitler speaking to friends and staff members. See more »

Goofs

Hermann Fegelein was executed by gunshot, not by hanging. See more »

Quotes

Albert Speer: The war is lost.
Adolf Hitler: [shouting] The war is not lost! The war is not lost! The war will never be lost! We're gonna beat'em, we're gonna beat'em all!
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chilling
11 October 2003 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

What went on in the last days of the Third Reich in Adolf Hitler's bunker? This tv film dares to answer that question. It is a first class work that should be shown more often. Anthony Hopkins is one of our acting icons like Olivier. He brings the same chilling conviction to the role of Adolf Hitler that he brought to Hannibal Lecter in Silence Of The Lambs. He portrays Hitler as a drug addicted shell of a man who was once invincible and he captures him at the end when all was lost. The most frightning scene in the film is where he explodes in rage at Albert Speer when he tells him that the war is lost. Hopkins captures all of the rage and madness that was Adolf Hitler, a demon in human form. It is at this point that I wanted to tip my hat to another fine thespian, Susan Blakely, she plays Eva Braun. She gives a wonderful performance as well. She is a first class actress who has never given a bad performance in anything that she has done and who has never been given the credit due her. They talk in this film about how Albert Speer tried to assassinate Hitler in the final days of the Third Reich. This is a blatant whitewash. Speer was lucky to escape with his life at the Nuremburg trial, he got off with twenty years. People called him "the Nazi who said he was sorry". That is all BS!!!!Speer willingly served Hitler for years! He knew of the concentration camps and approved of it. He was in on it from the very beginning and the son of a bitch should have ended his life with a hangman's noose around his neck! There was a writer who wrote a book about Speer called Albert Speer The Whole Story and I highly recommend it.


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