Judgment at Nuremberg

Judgment at Nuremberg

Director: Stanley Kramer Cast: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark


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After the end of World War II, the world gradually became aware of the full extent of the war crimes perpetrated by the Third Reich. In 1948, a series of trials were held in Nuremberg, Germany, by an international tribunal, headed by American legal and military officials, with the intent of bringing to justice those guilty of crimes against humanity. However, by that time most of the major figures of the Nazi regime were either dead or long missing, and in the resulting legal proceedings American judges often found themselves confronting the question of how much responsibility someone held who had "just followed orders." Judgment at Nuremberg is a dramatized version of the proceedings at one of these trials, in which Judge Dan Haywood (Spencer Tracy) is overseeing the trials of four German judges -- most notably Dr. Ernst Janning (Burt Lancaster) and Emil Hahn (Werner Klemperer) -- accused of knowingly sentencing innocent men to death in collusion with the Nazis. Representing the defense is attorney Hans Rolfe (Maximilian Schell), while prosecuting the accused is U.S. Col. Tad Lawson (Richard Widmark). As the trial goes on, both the visiting Americans and their reluctant German hosts often find themselves facing the legacy of the war, and how both of their nations have been irrevocably changed by it. Judgment at Nuremberg also features notable supporting performances by Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, and Montgomery Clift. Originally written and produced as a play for television, the screen version of Judgment at Nuremberg was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, with Maximilian Schell and Abby Mann taking home Oscars for (respectively) Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2015
UPC: 0738329163129
Original Release: 1961
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 3:06:00
Sales rank: 14,448

Special Features

"In Conversation" featurette with Abby Mann and Maximilian Schell; "A Tribute to Stanley Kramer" featurette; "The Value of a Single Human Being" featurette; Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy Judge Dan Haywood
Burt Lancaster Ernst Janning
Richard Widmark Col. Tad Lawson
Marlene Dietrich Mme. Bertholt
Maximilian Schell Hans Rolfe
Judy Garland Irene Hoffman
Montgomery Clift Rudolph Petersen
Werner Klemperer Emil Hahn
Edward Binns Sen. Burkette
William Shatner Capt. Harrison Byers
Kenneth MacKenna Judge Kenneth Norris
Torben Meyer Werner Lammpe
Ray Teal Judge Curtiss Ives
Martin Brandt Friedrich Hofstetter
Virginia Christine Mrs. Halbestadt
Ben Wright Halbestadt
Joseph E. Bernard Maj. Abe Radnitz
John Wengraf Dr. Wieck
Karl Swenson Dr. Geuter
Howard Caine Wallner
Olga Fabian Mrs. Lindnow
Sheila Bromley Mrs. Ives
Bernard Kates Perkins
Jana Taylor Elsa Scheffler
Paul Busch Schmidt
Joseph Crehan Spectator
Otto Waldis Pohl
Alan Baxter Gen. Merrin

Technical Credits
Stanley Kramer Director,Producer
Clem Beauchamp Production Manager
Art Dunham Musical Direction/Supervision
Ernest Gold Score Composer
Joe King Costumes/Costume Designer
Frederic Knudtson Editor
Philip Langner Associate Producer
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Abby Mann Screenwriter
George Milo Set Decoration/Design
Robert J. Schiffer Makeup
Rudolph Sternad Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Judgment at Nuremberg
1. Chapter 1 [:11]
2. Chapter 2 [22:58]
3. Chapter 3 [17:56]
4. Chapter 4 [26:54]
5. Chapter 5 [19:31]
6. Chapter 6 [24:04]
7. Chapter 7 [7:13]
8. Chapter 8 [15:19]

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Judgment at Nuremberg 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great movie that is always timeless. A cast that would be hard to duplicate at today's costs. I have see this movie many times over the last 20 years and each time it seems more important. The last line still rings in my ears. If you only buy one DVD this year it should be this one.
JCarter More than 1 year ago
After the Nazi leaders were tried for war crimes, the lesser officials who followed Hitler and his laws found themselves facing the music. In this case, judges who had passed sentences on Jews and others for nothing more than being different found themselves judged. The cast headed by Spencer Tracy as a judge for the United States and Burt Lancaster as a former Nazi judge were beyond their usual high quality. Among those testifying against Lancaster are Judy Garland, Montgomery Cliff, and Marlene Dietrich. The film was taken from cases tried in Nuremberg and is very emotional and dramatic.
Show-Me More than 1 year ago
While recently on a cruise up the Danube to Nuremberg, the vessel featured "Judgment at Nuremberg" all-day on its movie network. I watched it twice. When I arrived in Nuremberg, I was compelled to visit Courtroom 600 at the Palace of Justice as well as the Documentation Center at the Reich Rally Grounds. Such a star-studded cast could not affordably be assembled today. The dialogue was superb and the individual performances outstanding. Maximilian Schell's presentation of the German perspective was intriguing and provocative forcing one to consider arguments from the defense as well as the prosecution in a presumably one-sided trial. Burt Lancaster's portrayal of the remorseful judge juxtaposed against either the ambivalent or strident fellow defendants was compelling. The film is a classic by any definition and should be a fixture in any cinematic library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Despite its age, this movie is fantastic. I wasn't born until after the waqr, but this movie made Hitler's Nazi Germany and the average people who lived there very real. The films of the death camps brought me to tears. This is a must for EVERYONE. We must never forget.
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