Hangmen Also Die!

1943

Action / Drama / Film-Noir / Thriller / War

22
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 82%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 3734

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Walter Brennan as Prof. Stephen Novotny
Anna Lee as Masha Novotny
Gene Lockhart as Emil Czaka
Lionel Stander as Banya
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2hr 14 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by evanston_dad 7 / 10

Good OId Fashioned WWII Propaganda

I was drawn to "Hangmen Also Die" for two reasons: 1. It's directed by Fritz Lang and 2. I thought it was a film noir. Well it's not remotely noirish, so anyone else who's intrigued by it for the same reason beware. It's an old school bit of pro-Allies WWII propaganda, and a pretty good one at that.

The film is about a man hunt led by the Nazis to find the assassin of a high-ranking German official in an occupied Czech village. Brian Donlevy is the man they're looking for, and all sorts of Czechs suffer at the hands of the Nazis because the villagers collectively refuse to cooperate and turn Donlevy over to the authorities. The movie is a rallying cry for standing up to oppression and not giving into bullies, because once you do you've given them control over you.

The plot is a bit convoluted, and there's a lot of it. The film clocks in at a meaty 130 minutes or so, long by the standards of the time and especially for a film like this. But I appreciated its grimness and its willingness to show some of the horrors of the conflict to its audience at the time the conflict was actually occurring.

Gene Lockhart is despicable as a Nazi informer while Walter Brennan is marvelous (wasn't he always?) as a heroic academic.

"Hangmen Also Die" received two Oscar nominations in 1943, one for its score by Hans Eisler and the other for its sound recording. Neither is especially remarkable, but those were the days when a whole slew of movies were nominated in those categories because of different Academy rules.

Grade: A-

Reviewed by Richie-67-485852 10 / 10

You Reap What You Sow

Most excellent story-telling and entertainment expertly acted out for over two hours that does all it is suppose to do and more ending on a most satisfying note. This is entertainment. Enjoy Brian Donlevy and others as they bring to you a time and place in history where the worst of mankind came to light in the Hitler era. His followers were ruthless unforgiving maniacs who could only be stopped by killing. All reason escaped these killers and for a good reason. They all knew what they did when they did it and knew the world would find out and not forgive. That was their motivation to go all out or nothing. They got nothing thanks to people who like in this movie decided to use their own lives to stop this madness. 50 million people lost their lives because of Hitler's Germany. This movie helps you to understand the premise and to side with the ones who stopped them at all costs. Starts out nicely, builds and plays with the emotions. Then, it picks up at a rapid pace, gets intense, throws in some thrills with plenty of action and the viewer is just hooked. The good news is that it holds you for some time and then lets you exit courtesy of a decent ending that goes to shows you how quality movie making with a good story is not hard to do and beats out some of the trash out there today that supposedly costs millions of dollars too. Phooey on all that. Get yourself a nice sandwich, a tasty drink and do not be disturbed for the next two hours. Treat yourself

Reviewed by othershos 7 / 10

Surprisingly long

This is a long movie for 1943 propaganda. However, it was also a mystery with many characters of interest. Would Dr Swoboda turn himself in? Would Professor Novotny be executed? What would Emil Czaka's fate be? The final message about him provides ironic justice. The locale seemed to be Prague, and there was (unless I missed it) no mention of the destruction of Lidice, so inextricably associated with Heydrich.

JB

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