The Night of the Generals


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148 Min

The Night of the Generals


The murder of a prostitute in Nazi occupied Warsaw draws Wehrmacht Major Grau into an investigation where the evidence points to one of three high ranking Generals. The trail leads Grau from Warsaw to Paris and straight into the 1944 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, of which two of the Generals are deeply involved. Grau's case goes unfinished and it is not until 1965 when the true killer is brought to justice.


Jan 1st, 1967


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  • Movie Goof (continuity error): The apparent fullness of Von Stauffenberg's briefcase changes from when he arrives to when he is inside; it is much thicker, fuller, and obviously heavier.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): During the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, a correspondent is seen recording his broadcast into a reel-to-reel tape recorder. Mylar recording tape had not been invented yet.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): The ranks given for the Waffen SS are totally incorrect as they are Wehrmacht ranks, not SS.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): In the near beginning of the movie, Grau passes a swastika banner. The swastika is backwards.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): The action of this movie is taking place in year 1942, and Warsaw is being devastated. But Warsaw was destroyed by Nazis in 1944.
  • Movie Goof (continuity error): The car headlights shift from covered to uncovered randomly during film. They should have been covered only in Paris, due to air strike risk and curfew policies.
  • Movie Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): When Tanz says "naturally, I'm General" while holding the gun on Corporal Hartmann, his mouth movements are significantly out of sync.
  • Movie Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): When Inspector Morand confronts General Tanz at the divisional reunion, the name of his Warsaw victim is poorly overdubbed in a glaringly different tone.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): In the middle of the film, General Tanz's entire Panzer Division transfers from the Regular Army to the Waffen-SS. This would never have happened in the real German military, since SS units were independently formed, trained, and never augmented with units from the Regular Army.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): A Nazi general would never own an English car with a right-hand drive seat.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): Some of the background images in the car tour through Paris are in black & white.
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): General Tanz is portrayed as having commanded the Nibelungen division of the Waffen SS and later attends a reunion with banners/shields saying it was founded in 1940. However, the Nibelungen was formed barely one month before the end of the war in 1945.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): Many of the Nazi flags in the movie depict the swastika's pointing in the wrong direction (backward). The swastika is always displayed going clock-wise.
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