Fatherland

1994

Action / Drama / Fantasy / Romance / Sci-Fi / Thriller / War

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 55%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 4910

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Cast

Rutger Hauer as SS-SturmbannfĂĽhrer Xavier March
Miranda Richardson as Charlie Maguire
Jean Marsh as Anna Von Hagen
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796.91 MB
1280*714
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23.976 fps
1hr 46 min
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1.67 GB
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English
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23.976 fps
1hr 46 min
P/S 2 / 4

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by mariannlydvo 4 / 10

READ THE BOOK

Please, read the book before you watch this movie! Thank me later!

Reviewed by betyouaint 4 / 10

A shallow representation of a fantastic book

I first read Fatherland almost 30 years ago, since which it has ranked one of my Top 10 books of all time. When it comes to watching movies based on books I have read, I try not to compare, and remain open minded, judging each on its individual merits. I really don't want to be that guy, the one who bemoans, "the book is much better than the film" but in this case, I have to lower myself to this obvious criticism. The problem here is that the book stands on its twists and turns and its gradual unveiling of the truth behind the narrative, without which, you are left with little more than an interesting premise and a barely entertaining story line. I understand that faithfully recreating the intricacies within the pages would likely result in a somewhat epic movie but rather that than this watered- down, shallow representation of a fantastic book. It seems barely worth the effort. Maybe one day, this novel will be given the treatment it rightly deserves, although with the recent slew of "if the Third Reich had prevailed" story lines in recent shows, Fatherland may not seem quite as unique as it once did.

Reviewed by dierregi 4 / 10

On screen the chilly, brilliantly researched novel does not shine

I do not usually compare books to movies because they are two different means of expression. Books give lots more details and let the readers work with their imagination. Movies give us the director's vision, which is usually different from ours, but may add interest to a known story.

In the case of Fatherland, however, having read the novel years ago and stumbled upon the movie only a few nights ago, I was disappointed. The novel is based on historical facts (up to 1942) and accurately researched, but still manages to get us involved with two interesting and believable main characters, Xavier March and Charlie Maguire.

They live in a scary, dystopian past-future of the year 1964, with the Nazi as winners of WWII, a Cold War between Germany and the US and guerrilla between the Russians and the Germans. March is a police office and honorary SS, investigating a suspicious suicide, Maguire is an American who wants to report on the meeting of the 75 yo Hitler with US president Joseph Kennedy.

The film has a great performance by Hauer as the weary March and a totally miscast British Richardson as the American journalist Maguire. Her character is described as a young, rebellious child of the 60s. Richardson looks like a bored middle-aged matron.

Another major change in the plot is March's son. In the book he is described as a malevolent, brainwashed creature, while in the filmÂ… you can see for yourself. The idea of the Nazi regime as pure evil is a lot stronger in the book and the punch of the final revelation watered down in the movie, by the fact that the audience already knows what really happened. Also the ending feels really rushed and a bit silly.

It is interesting but depressing to see what could have happened if the Nazi had won. Perhaps the main purpose of this movie is to make us happy that it did not happened. But if you want to dig deep, the book is very well written and gives the full picture.

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