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.
Directed by Anatole Litvak this film stars Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Tom Courtenay and Donald Pleasence. In the post war period a man looks into the investigation of three German generals suspected of being a serial killer during WW2.
Considering this film was made during the Cold War and Western backed the amount of footage shot on location in Warsaw is impressive and gives the film a good back drop. The plot does a good job of contrasting softening views on Nazi Germany at the time it was made with the actions carried out during the war. While the story is not an especially complex “who done it” it does provide plenty of varied locations, characters and sequences to keep you entertained.
Most people only think of Donald Pleasance as Sam Loomis from Halloween. He was a major star in the 60's and early 70's. Seems like he is in every English movie from that time. Good mystery movie set in occupied Warsaw and Paris. All about German Nazi generals plotting the bombing/assassination of hitler and one who is the sex pervert and killer. German officer who is investigating them. The war seems to be only a small plot point, as they could have used American, English, Italian, Russian, French....not French they only occupy cafes and museums and prison camps. Oh well, some French military humor but I digress, a little less than 2.5 hours of detective whodunnit. Goes fast, I never checked my watch once. Give it a try.
Well Peter O'Toole is in it, but I didn't think it was one of his better performances. The plot isn't very thrilling/suspenseful and there is really nothing that makes this worth watching. It isn't a horrible film, just more of a flat one. I don't know why this had to be connected with the assassination attempt on Hitler either, and it's inclusion seemed to mark a weird tonal shift in the plotline.
Someone is murdering prostitutes in wartime Europe, and it is probably one of three German generals. A fabulous cast play their parts brilliantly in this exciting story; you will believe in the tale told and want to find out whodunnit, and will he get away with it?
Peter O Tool's performance is absolutely outstanding. He held the entire firlm but sadly the film was just tooo slow.
A little too long but worth seeing.