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13 Minutes (2015)

Elser (original title)
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In November 1939, Georg Elser's attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler fails, and he is arrested. During his confinement, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic action.

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Léonie-Claire Breinersdorfer (screenplay), Fred Breinersdorfer (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Friedel ... Georg Elser
Katharina Schüttler ... Elsa
Burghart Klaußner ... Arthur Nebe
Johann von Bülow ... Heinrich Müller
Felix Eitner Felix Eitner ... Hans Eberle
David Zimmerschied ... Josef Schurr
Rüdiger Klink Rüdiger Klink ... Erich
Simon Licht Simon Licht ... SS Obergruppenführer
Cornelia Köndgen ... Maria Elser
Martin Maria Abram Martin Maria Abram ... Ludwig Elser
Michael Kranz ... Franz Xaver Lechner
Gerti Drassl Gerti Drassl ... Lore
Lissy Pernthaler Lissy Pernthaler ... Protokollführerin
Valentina Repetto Valentina Repetto ... Brunhilde
Anna Unterberger ... Anna
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The breath-taking story of a man who nearly would have changed the world. 1939, when Hitler convinced millions of people at the height of his power, one said a radical No: Georg Elser, disparaged as an assassin, is one of the greatest resistance fighters. Written by Andrei

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Based on the true story of the man minutes away from almost killing Adolf Hitler See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

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Rated R for disturbing violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | Italy

Language:

German

Release Date:

30 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Johann Georg Elser Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany

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Opening Weekend USA:

$11,750, 2 July 2017

Gross USA:

$161,531

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,339,103
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While Hitler is speaking, he is handed a note mentioning that bad weather will ground his plane. It is not explained in the movie, but Hitler cut short his speaking engagement (and avoided Elser's bomb) so that he could catch a train instead. See more »

Goofs

When we first see Elser working in the clock repair shop, he is working on a modern (brand new) German made chiming clock mechanism, most likely by Hermle. There is also a modern clock case visible facing the camera on his bench. See more »

Quotes

Georg Elser: If humanity isn't free, everything dies with it.
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References Tarzan the Fearless (1933) See more »

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Kein schoener Land in dieser Zeit
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A fine hero in a brutal time.
9 October 2017 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"If humanity isn't free, everything dies with it." Georg Elser (Christian Friedel)

I love Nazi-related films: those uniforms, certainty of their mission, and their embodiment of evil. The docudrama 13 Minutes is more a love story than a carefully-historical account of Georg Elser's failed attempt to assassinate Hitler in 1939. Successfully paralleling the complexity of Elser's love for a married woman, Elsa (Katharina Schuttier), director Oliver Hirschbiegel shows the eccentric character of Elser's motives for the attempt and the Nazis' uncertainty about his ideals.

The bulk of the docudrama is Elser's interrogation, especially by the ambivalent Arthur Nebe (Burghart Klaußner), whose sympathies emerge only later in the story. Other Nazis are central casting: handsome, spiffy, focused, and scary. Throughout, the filmmakers emphasize Elser's dogged honesty and willingness to be even more honest in the face of threats against Elsa.

Although the love affair with her occupies the major part of the film, including the oafish drunken husband, Erich (Rudiger Klink), the emphasis on interrogation remains at times repetitive and inconsequential, even in the face of Hitler's demand to know who supported Elser's attempt. The film loses power as it becomes clear he devised the plot on his own even with the Nazi's brutal attempts to extract his accomplices' names.

As one interrogator asks, how could "an ethnic German hate the Fuhrer so much?"--an echo of today's anti-Trump mantra.

Speaking of which, a sequence after drug inducement seems completely extraneous give the re-hashed and jumbled images. In essence, 13 Minutes is uncertain which way to go: torture or love story. In the end it has a weak rendition of both.

"Hitler is war — and if he goes, there will be peace." Interrogator


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