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      Hangmen Also Die

      Released Apr 15, 1943 2h 14m War TRAILER for Hangmen Also Die: Trailer 1 List Hangmen Also Die: Trailer 1 Hangmen Also Die: Trailer 1 1:43 View more videos
      87% Tomatometer 15 Reviews 68% Audience Score 250+ Ratings During the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovokia, insurgent Franticek Svoboda (Brian Donlevy) assassinates the brutal German leader Reinhard Heydrich (Hans Heinrich von Twardowski). Svoboda escapes with the aid of history professor Stephen Novotny (Walter Brennan), but Novotny is then captured, along with 400 other Czechs, through the machinations of Nazi sympathizer Emil Czaka (Gene Lockhart). The Czech prisoners are then told that if Svoboda does not surrender, they will all be executed. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      TIME Magazine Although Director Fritz Lang gives this familiar material occasional touches of distinction, the picture still misses Grade A rank. Feb 25, 2013 Full Review Variety Staff Variety From a directorial standpoint this is a triumph for Fritz Lang, who succeeds with singular success in capturing the spirit of the Czech people in the face of the Nazi reign of terror. Feb 25, 2013 Full Review Theodore Strauss New York Times For all of Mr. Lang's finesse, his film is too patient -- it runs well over two hours -- too ponderous to hit its stride as melodrama. Nor does it match in emotional power and conviction its heroic theme. Rated: 2.5/5 Feb 25, 2013 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation The best reason for a film buff to dive into "Hangmen Also Die!" is that it's quintessentially Fritz Lang, first shadow to its "NOT" "The End" finale. Rated: 3/4 Jul 2, 2023 Full Review T.C. Kemp Birmingham Post The picture is brilliantly produced and acted. Theatricalism is notably absent. It is sufficient in a film of this sort to allow the facts to speak -- and here, action is eloquent beyond words. Feb 19, 2022 Full Review Josephine O'Neill Daily Telegraph (Australia) The title makes you expect the usual raw melodrama. Actually, you see a vivid, engrossing film, with brilliant direction by Fritz Lang, and some extraordinarily fine character acting. Apr 2, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Martin B A WWII propaganda movie. The Czech people universally defiant and noble. The Germans cartoonishly evil. The consumers of the movie not the ones living under Nazi rule nor making the sacrifices. A good example of the extent the movie industry would go to support the cause but not very accurate. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/22 Full Review peter w The theme of collective and individual guilt was held back by indifferent performances by Donlevey and Lee. While they under-played their parts, the Nazis' bravado was over-played resulting in an unbalanced performance that made it more of a propogandist film - an understandable response to world events in 1943. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I am from Prague. Dr. Svoboda was the neighbor of my grandparents. He was a roentgenologist, and he had service just in the time Heydrich was brought into hospital. So yes, he did his roentgen picture. And that was, the rest was taken over by German doctors. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Overlong and occasionally dull, however it deserves serious recognition for being one of the few "Propaganda Films" made in America during WWII that specifically attacks the Nazis and Fascism more broadly for their evil ideas and not just because they were our enemies. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review s r A Czech perspective on Nazi occupation. Well made, but a little long. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Donlevy stiff. Obvious propaganda film doesn't hold up well, as sympathetic to the cause as I am! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis During the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovokia, insurgent Franticek Svoboda (Brian Donlevy) assassinates the brutal German leader Reinhard Heydrich (Hans Heinrich von Twardowski). Svoboda escapes with the aid of history professor Stephen Novotny (Walter Brennan), but Novotny is then captured, along with 400 other Czechs, through the machinations of Nazi sympathizer Emil Czaka (Gene Lockhart). The Czech prisoners are then told that if Svoboda does not surrender, they will all be executed.
      Director
      Fritz Lang
      Producer
      Fritz Lang, Arnold Pressburger
      Screenwriter
      John Wexley
      Distributor
      United Artists
      Production Co
      Arnold Pressburger Films
      Genre
      War
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 15, 1943, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 9, 2014
      Runtime
      2h 14m
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