Downfall

Downfall

April 1945, a nation awaits its...Downfall

20042 h 36 min
Overview

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Russian Army closing in from the east and the Allied Expeditionary Force attacking from the west. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his generals and advisers to fight to the last man. When the end finally does come, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender.

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Runtime 2 h 36 min
Release Date 8 September 2004
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Movie Rating Excellent
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In November 1942, Hitler orders that a secretary be hired, with Traudl Junge getting the job at the Wolf’s Lair in East Prussia. The time then changes to Hitler’s birthday in 1945. During the Battle of Berlin, an artillery blast wakes up Traudl, Gerda Christian and Constanze Manziarly, the other assistants. Down in the Führerbunker, Hitler is informed by Wilhelm Burgdorf that Berlin is under attack and the Red Army has advanced 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) of central Berlin. Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler leaves to negotiate surrender terms with the Western Allies behind Hitler’s back after he refuses to leave the city. Meanwhile, a group of Hitler Youth members bolster defenses. Peter, one of the members, is urged by his father to desert but refuses.

SS physician Ernst-Günther Schenck convinces an SS general to allow his evade of an evacuation order and is then requested by Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke to bring medical supplies to the Reich Chancellery. Hitler discusses his new scorched earth policy with his Minister of Armaments, Albert Speer, while Eva Braun holds a party that is broken up by artillery fire. After General Helmuth Weidling explains to Hans Krebs and Burgdorf that he allegedly ordering a retreat to the west was a misunderstanding, Weidling is appointed to oversee Berlin’s crumbling defenses. Hitler orders an attack from Felix Steiner’s unit to stem the future Soviet advance – army groups. But is told afterwards that Steiner could not mount the attack, to which he flies into a furious rage at what he perceives as betrayal.

General Mohnke confronts Joseph Goebbels, who is relentless against civilians of the Volkssturm, while Hitler orders Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel to find Admiral Karl Dönitz and help plan an offensive to recover the Romanian oil fields. Later on, Martin Bormann interrupts a meeting between Hitler, Goebbels, and Walther Hewel to read a message from Hermann Göring requesting command and head-of-state. Hitler strips Göring of rank, and orders him arrested, naming Robert Ritter von Greim as replacement. Speer admits defying Hitler’s scorched earth policy orders, however he does not punish Speer. Hitler then receives report that Himmler contacted Folke Bernadotte attempting to negotiate surrender. Hitler orders test pilot Hanna Reitsch to find him and his adjutant Hermann Fegelein. After learning that Fegelein has deserted, Hitler orders him executed. Fegelein is found drunk and executed by an RSD squad….

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