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.
General von Seydlitz-Gabler
Eleanore von Seydlitz-Gabler
Field Marshal Rommel