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Night Of The Generals, The (1967)

A loosely tied three-thread story about a German Major (Omar Sharif,) a dedicated military investigator who tracks down the general (one of three suspects) who is a sadistic killer of prostitutes during WWII, interwoven with the plot to kill Hitler, and a slim little romance between General von Seidlitz-Gabler’s (Charles Gray) free-thinking young daughter (Coral Browne) and a corporal who isn’t all the hero he is made out to be.

Revealed as the maniacal sex killer, Nazi General Tanz (Peter O’Toole) frames the unfortunate young soldier Hartmann (Tom Courtenay) who has been assigned to show him the town.

All these stories are set against a backdrop of war-torn Warsaw, occupied Paris and post-war Germany. The well-structured story balances large scenes of troop actions with intrigues in military offices, parties, and various crime scenes.

Fine direction, lush production, and some good performances lift the film above the level of its story(s). And the uniforms . . . ooh, the uniforms.

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General Tanz
Peter O’Toole
Major Grau
Omar Sharif
Corporal Hartmann
Tom Courtenay
General Kahlenberge
Donald Pleasence
Ulrike
Joanna Pettet
Inspector Morand
Philippe Noiret
General von Seydlitz-Gabler
Charles Gray
Eleanore von Seydlitz-Gabler
Coral Browne
Colonel Sandauer
John Gregson
Otto
Nigel Stock
Captain Engel
Gordon Jackson
Field Marshal Rommel
Christopher Plummer
Juliette
Juliette Gréco
Von Stauffenberg
Gérard Buhr
Liesowski
Yves Brainville
Doctor
Sacha Pitoëff
Wionezek
Charles Millot
Monique
Véronique Vendell
Kopatski
Pierre Mondy
Raymonde
Nicole Courcel
Hauser
Michael Goodliffe
Colonel Mannheim
Patrick Allen
Melanie
Eléonore Hirt

Director
Anatole Litvak