NR  |  1 hour 58 minutes • Archived

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Movie poster image for "THE CAPTAIN"


A New York Times critics' pick being heralded as "Astonishing. A harrowing World War II psychodrama," THE CAPTAIN is based on the arresting true story of the Executioner of Emsland. A German army deserter, Willi Herold (Max Hubacher), finds an abandoned Nazi captain’s uniform and, emboldened by the authority the uniform grants him, 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. Increasingly intoxicated by the unquestioned authority, this enigmatic imposter soon discovers that many people will blindly follow the leader, whomever that happens to be.

Directed By

Robert Schwentke

Written By

Robert Schwentke


Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel, Frederick Lau, Bernd Hölscher, Waldemar Kobus


German with English subtitles

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