13 Minutes

Synopsis: The breath-taking story of a man who nearly would have changed the world. 1939, when Hitler convinced millions of people at the height of his power, one said a radical No: Georg Elser, disparaged as an assassin, is one of the greatest resistance fighters.
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Director(s): Oliver Hirschbiegel
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  4 wins & 16 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min




We welcome our Fhrer

with three cheers.

- Sieg...

- Heil!

I give the floor to the Fhrer.

Fellow party comrades!

Fellow Germans!

I have come to you

for only a few hours,

to evoke in your midst

the memory of a day...


...which was of great importance for us,

for our movement,

and for the German people.

If, during the four years

from 1919 to 1923,

the National Socialist Movement

was able to grow to such an extent

that it succeeded, for the first time,

in mobilising the entire nation

in a stirring event,

then this was due to the general state

Germany found itself in.


A terrible catastrophe

had befallen our country and our people.

What forced Germany to succumb

at the time

were the lies of our adversaries.


The lies told by the same men

who are lying again today.

However, everyone must understand

that they are not sacrificing any more

than all the others

sacrificed before them.

We are also aware

of how much

destiny has assisted us

and enabled us to do so much.

It let us forge our plans in the right way

and blessed their successful outcome.


Where are you going?

I'm looking for an old friend.


of the Konstanz Folklore Society.

I used to be a member there.

None of us know

whether they will suffer.

What our women sacrifice

to bear the nation's children,

our men sacrifice

by defending the country.

We National Socialists

have always been fighters.

Now the great moment has come

to prove ourselves as fighters.

No one but us can be victorious.

That Mr Churchill doesn't think so,

I shall put down to his old age.

Others didn't believe it either.

They will be told by Churchill,

by Chamberlain...

Why are you wearing that badge?

Out of support.

The Red Front

is an illegal organisation.

...if we hadn't been

drawn into it by England.

England boosted its power

through agitation and incitement.


Heinrich, I'd like to join

my wife at the opera.

The Reichsfhrer wants our new figures

submitted to him

for the big meeting tomorrow.

What's complicated

about listing all detained lunatics?

The clerical task isn't complicated.

But we need to decide

whether to include church institutions.

No exceptions.

This reflects the Reichsfhrer's wishes.

The priests will make a fuss.

They'll calm down again.

I'd propose to Himmler

that we proceed step by step.


Not now, Bauer!

An attempt on the Fhrer's life in Munich.

A bomb.

Half the roof is said to have caved in.

First MG squad, take position!

Second MG squad, take position!



- Move!

- Line formation!

Line up!

- Here's the list.

- Thank you.

Heil Hitler!

My name is Eberle,

I'm the Local Party Leader here.

At your service.

Heil Hitler.

All relatives of one Georg Elser,

last known address Trkenstrae 59

in Munich, to report to the square.

What has Georgie done?

You instruct my men.

But the Elsers are harmless.

That's an order!

Yes, sir!

Is this the lot of them?

Yes, Major,

including his former fiance,

Elsa Stephan.

The whole lot to Berlin for questioning!


How dare you?

- Let go!

- Don't, Elsa, or they'll take them, too.

I'll bring them to your mother.

These are the corrected lunatic asylum

statistics that we're re-submitting.

- Including the church ones?

- Yes. The gentlemen are waiting.

Gentlemen, we cannot afford

to make a mistake now,

not even the slightest.


Heil Hitler, Mr Elser.

Heil Hitler.

Good day.

Or good day, if you prefer that.

My name is Nebe.

Head of Criminal Police.

I'm in charge of your case.

This is the head of the Gestapo,

Oberfhrer Mller.


How do you think

your wicked assassination attempt ended?

We mourn the death of seven innocent

people for which you are responsible.

Seven men and women,

including a waitress,

married with two children.

A marching band flautist, leaving behind

a wife and teenage daughter.

What did these people do to you?

Who gave you the right to kill them?

Don't you have anything to say

to the relatives?

Not a single word?

Do you think the Fhrer is dead?

You think you succeeded?

The Fhrer is alive.

He left the Brgerbrukeller

13 minutes before the explosion.

Your assassination attempt failed.

You were carrying bomb schematics

when you were arrested.

You spent a lot of time

at the Brgerbrukeller.

Take off your trousers.

I want to see your knees.

Off with your trousers!

I want to see your knees.


I'm now giving you your only chance

to own up to everything.

You think you know everything already.

Shoot me and get it over with.

We're not there yet by a long way.

Let's start right at the beginning.

Name? Date of birth?


Where we gather

Under the linden trees

At eventide

Where we gather

Under the linden trees

At eventide

Many hours we've spent here together

Sitting in a...

You know you'll have to make up

for your attack.

Do you love me?

You never commit, do you?

You know I like spending time with you.

And what about Bruni?

Nothing. She's having fun too.

I'll leave if you want.

Are you crazy?

I hope no one died.

That stupid old drunkard.

Your father? Is he dead?

He sold another two fields,

our best land.

Now I'm supposed

to sort things out at home.

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