The Night of the Generals war movie
The Night of the Generals war movie

The Night of the Generals (1967, United Kingdom)

Categories: mystery movies

Running time: 150 minutes

Language: English / French

the story takes place in WarsawMasoviaPoland
the story takes place in ParisIle-de-FranceFrance

The investigation of brutal murder of a prostitute in Nazi occupied Warsaw takes a surprising turn when the witnesses insist that the killer was a German general. Major Grau follows that lead and finds three generals that were in the city at that time. Especially one of them caught his attention - General Tanz, who is rather eccentric. But then Grau sees how Tanz ruthlesly deals with Polish resistance and civilians he becomes more and more convinced that his invetigation is on the right track. Unfortunately Tanz is transfered to France, which means that Grau will have to suspend his inquiry.

Marvelous film based on a Hans Hellmut Kirst novel Die Nacht der Generale (The Night of the Generals) is a crime story set during the World War 2. It involves German general that with what has to be described as serious mental disorders, but clearly in the middle of the war noone can tell the difference between inspired general and complete psychopath. Despite not really involving many war elements it is very good war movie and mentions important factors that were behind f.e. the conspiracy to kill Hitler. A must see - if not for the war values then as a study of human nature.

Our rating


Film value

7 / 10

Realism factor

3 / 5

Adventure factor

2 / 5

Historical accuracy

3 / 5

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Creators of The Night of the Generals

Anatole Litvak movies

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Joseph Kessel


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Paul Dehn


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Cast of The Night of the Generals

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Peter O’Toole

as General Tanz

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Omar Sharif

as Major Grau

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Tom Courtenay

as Corporal Hartmann

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Donald Pleasence

as General Kahlenberge

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Philippe Noiret

as Inspector Morand

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Charles Gray

as General von Seidlitz-Gabler

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Christopher Plummer

as Field Marshal Rommel

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Events depicted in The Night of the Generals

World War II (1936-1945) Warsaw Uprising (1 Aug 1944)

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