The captain

The captain

DVD - 2018 | German
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A German army deserter finds an abandoned Nazi captain's uniform in the final weeks of World War II. Emboldened by the authority the uniform grants him, he amasses a band of stragglers who cede to his command despite the suspicions of some. Citing direct orders from the Fuhrer himself, he soon takes command of a camp holding German soldiers accused of desertion and begins to dispense harsh justice.

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rugolin
Jan 21, 2020

Based on a true story this movie takes place as the German Reich and army are collapsing to the Allied onslaught in 1945. A German army deserter and straggler some across an abandoned military vehicle and finds an officer's uniform inside which he quickly dons. As soon as he does various soldiers and officers begin to obey him just on the sight of his uniform and his acting the part. He manages to collect a platoon of loyal henchmen and bamboozles senior officer to allow him to carry out war crimes in the guise of following orders. This film is an interesting study of how blind obedience to authority can go horribly wrong.

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wormstuckinbook
Nov 16, 2019

This shows how peer pressure controls us all. Listen to the commentary to better understand it...and the q/a. It's easy to separate our-selves and say "oh I wouldn't participate" ... But look at the U.S. invasion of Iraq. About 4.6T$ [incl. Afghanistan] and about 2000000 dead. If you question the government and Arms manufacturers and the manufacturers of lies, you are a traitor. And this is present 'history'.
How many of us participate in devouring the earth? How many speak out with words/lives about the climate catastrophe and devastation of our home. How many get out of their cars, planes, comfort zones to challenge the status quo?
Likewise, most of us just go along b/c of low self esteems and our willingness to follow the leader!

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stevenj
Nov 05, 2019

Yes this is a very different film. The kind of film you see once and that’s enough? Or is it? The film is shot in black and white and it adds to the intensity of the subject. At some point I was just shocked. It was frightening but wasn’t that the point! Then to find it was based on a real situation. Makes me wonder about the capacity of people. This film questions the limits of what it’s like to be a human being in relationship to everything else. I recommend you watching this film but put your seat belt on.

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DoctorVine
May 18, 2019

Another aspect of Nazi Germany that should not be forgotten or discounted. There is evil in this world and it is shown again herein.

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kclaura2003
May 06, 2019

Strange movie. Definitely not what I expected.

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trotter73
May 03, 2019

Good performances, but not for viewers looking for a happy ending.
According to the director, this is actually based on a true story.

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Punnoval
Apr 20, 2019

After years in the wilderness, Robert Schwentke comes up with a good-un. Effectively, he transplants Alfred Jarry's absurdist play "Ubu Roi" to the chaos near the end of WW II.
The grainy black and white cinematography and the clever ending (as the credits roll) show that Schwentke has some life left in him. Hopefully he will continue his winning streak.

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maipenrai
Feb 27, 2019

Terribly violent. There are no heroes in this film. I felt angry at the the movie until the watched the Q & A with the director. When I understood what he was attempting to do with the film, I felt better about being subjected to the violence. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Feb 05, 2019

Understood the motives for making this film, blind allegiance of the German people during the time of World War II, but hard to stomach the rawness of the material and scenes of beatings and carnage, even against Nazi deserters. Based on an actual case, but took some patience to view.

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Alushka
Oct 09, 2019

Alushka thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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