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Judgment at Nuremberg

Author: Stanley Kramer
Publisher: United States : United Artists, United States : MGM Home Entertainment, LLC, ©1961 ; ©2004.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : Film : English : Special ed. [186 min. short DVD version? (Playing time on release was 190 min., according to: AFI catalog, 1951-1960.) Includes the following featurettes: In conversation : Abby Mann and Maximilian Schell -- A tribute to Stanley Kramer -- The value of a single human being. Also includes a photo gallery and the theatrical trailer, 5.1 Surround and original mono. English sound tracks, and English, French and Spanish subtitles]View all editions and formats
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"In 1948 Dan Haywood, an American judge recently defeated for reelection in Maine, arrives in Nuremberg to preside over the trial of several German judges accused of destroying law and justice to support Hitler's infamous mandates which took the lives of 6 million innocent people. From the moment the prosecuting attorney, Col. Tad Lawson, makes his emotion-packed opening statements, it is obvious that he is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Features
Academy Award films
Drama
Named Person: Stanley Kramer
Material Type: Film
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Stanley Kramer
ISBN: 0792861825 9780792861829
OCLC Number: 423630939
Notes: Based on the teleplay Judgment at Nuremberg by Abby Mann, originally broadcast on CBS on Playhouse 90 on April 16, 1959.
Credits supplied from: AFI catalog, 1951-1960; DVD sleeve.
Originally distributed by United Artists.
Originally released in 1.66:1 aspect ratio.
Copyright notice on videodisc sleeve: c1961, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Winner of Academy Awards for Best Actor (Maximilian Schell) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Credits: Director of photography, Ernest Laszlo; camera operator, Charles Wheeler; gaffer, Don Carstensen; company grip, Morris Rosen; production design, Rudolph Sternad; film editor, Frederic Knudtson; set decorations, George Milo; props master, Art Cole; Miss Dietrich's gowns, Jean Louis; costumes, Joe King; music, Ernest Gold; sound engineer, James Speak; sound editor, Walter Elliott; music editor, Art Dunham; opticals, Pacific Title; titles, Pacific Title; makeup, Robert J. Schiffer; assistant to the director, Ivan Volkman; production manager, Clem Beauchamp; screenplay supervisor, Marshall Schlom; casting, Stalmaster-Lister Co.; the German crew: L. Ostermeier, Richard Richtsfeld, Lyn Hannes, Pia Arnold, Albrecht Hennings, Laci von Ronay, Hubert Karl, Egon Haedler, Frank Winterstein, Richard Eglseder, and Mannelore Winterfeld. Songs: Lili Marlene, words and music by Norbert Schultze, Hans Leip and Thomas Connor; Liebeslied, words and music by Ernest Gold and Alfred Perry.
Cast: Spencer Tracy (Judge Dan Haywood), Burt Lancaster (Ernst Janning), Richard Widmark (Col. Tad Lawson), Marlene Dietrich (Mme. Berholt), Maximilian Schell (Hans Rolfe), Judy Garland as Irene Hoffman. And Montgomery Clift (Rudolph Peterson). William Shatner (Capt. Byers); Edward Binns (Senator Burkette); Kenneth MacKenna (Judge Kenneth Norris); Joseph Bernard (Maj. Abe Radnitz); Werner Klemperer (Emil Hahn); Torben Meyer (Werner Lammpe); Alan Baxter (General Merrin); Virginia Christine (Mrs. Halbestadt); Otto Waldis (Pohl); Karl Swenson (Dr. Geuter); Ray Teal (Judge Curtiss Ives); Ben Wright (Halbestadt); Olga Fabian (Mrs. Lindnow); Martin Brandt (Friedrich Hofstetter); John Wengraf (Dr. Wieck); Howard Caine (Wallner); Paul Busch (Schmidt); Bernard Kates (Perkins); Sheila Bromley (Mrs. Ives); Jana Taylor (Elsa Scheffler).
Event notes: Filmed on location in Germany.
Other Titles: Judgment at Nuremberg (Motion picture : 1961)
In conversation.
Tribute to Stanley Kramer.
Value of a single human being.
Judgment at Nuremberg (Motion picture : 1961)--trailer.
Playhouse 90.
Responsibility: Roxlom Films ; presented by Stanley Kramer ; written by Abby Mann ; produced and directed by Stanley Kramer ; associate producer, Philip Langner.

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"In 1948 Dan Haywood, an American judge recently defeated for reelection in Maine, arrives in Nuremberg to preside over the trial of several German judges accused of destroying law and justice to support Hitler's infamous mandates which took the lives of 6 million innocent people. From the moment the prosecuting attorney, Col. Tad Lawson, makes his emotion-packed opening statements, it is obvious that he is determined to obtain the maximum punishment for the judges. The defense lawyer, Hans Rolfe, counters by charging that if these men are guilty because they upheld the laws of their country, then all of Germany must be tried. To support his accusations of inhuman actions, Lawson offers the testimony of Rudolf Petersen, a victim of sterilization who, it develops, was castrated because of mental incompetence. During the long weeks of the trial, Haywood wanders about the city trying to 'understand' the German people, trying to determine if they really understood what Hitler stood for. In particular, Haywood often chats with the aristocratic Madame Bertholt, the widow of a German general executed after the earlier war crimes trials. The proceedings reach a climax when a woman named Irene Hoffman is called to the stand. When she testifies that a former friend, an aged Jew, was falsely accused of being intimate with her (thereby 'polluting the Aryan race') and then executed, Rolfe tries to break down her story by frantically accusing her of distorting the truth. As the distraught woman breaks into hysterical denials, one of the accused, Ernst Janning, interrupts the hearings and asks to make a statement. Throughout the trial he has remained silent, but he now voluntarily takes the stand and admits to being guilty of both ignoring and rationalizing the inhuman Nazi acts because he felt they were for the ultimate good of the country. As Haywood and his two associate judges ponder their decisions, the news that Russia has blockaded Berlin prompts military officials to hint that lenient judgments might be wise, and expedient. But Haywood, determined to stand for 'justice, truth, and the value of a single human being, refuses to compromise, and he sentences the defendants to life imprisonment. The defiant Rolfe sneers that in 5 years the convicted men will be free"--AFI catalog, 1961-1970.

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