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In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood (Spencer Tracy) hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning (Burt Lancaster) and his defense attorney Hans Rolfe (Maximilian Schell), but also from the widow of a Nazi general (Marlene Dietrich), an idealistic U.S. Army captain (William Shatner) and reluctant witness Irene Wallner (Judy Garland).

I didn't know it was so bad.

Couple of incendiaries,

these old buildings go up like cellophane.

There's a wall that separates

the old section of Nuremberg from the new.

Goes back to...

How far does it go back, Schmidt?

-1218 sir.


This is where the Nazi Party

held their rallies, isn't it?

They all came here.

Hitler. Goebbels. The whole crew.

Thousands of them, from all over Germany.

Does he have to blow that damn horn

so much?

It's not necessary

to blow the horn so much, Schmidt.

You both know your duties?

Well, here we are.

A little bit of old Germany.

- Senator Burkette.

- Captain.

Captain Byers, this is Judge Haywood.

- Byers here will be your aide.

- My what?

Clerk. General guide. Liaison.

Any capacity you wish to use me in.

This will be your staff, sir.

Mr. And Mrs. Halbestadt.


- Good afternoon.

- Good afternoon, Your Honor.


You've already met your driver, Schmidt.

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Abby Mann

Abby Mann (December 1, 1927 – March 25, 2008) was an American film writer and producer. more…

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