Synopsis: In January 1942, as the United States enters World War II, a conference assembles near Berlin. SS Gen. Heydrich and his associate, Lt. Eichmann call the meeting to discuss the "evacuation" of Germany's Jews and other undesirables, a code word for their extermination in concentration camps. To begin this Final Solution, they must change the mind of a small group of men opposed to the idea, led by Chancellor Kritzinger
Director(s): Frank Pierson
Production: HBO Films
  Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 21 nominations.
96 min

Adolph Hitler invaded Poland

in September, 1939...

... starting WWII.

By the winter of 1942,

his armies were freezing and starving...

... in the snows of Russia, where his

best general had died of a heart attack...

... and America had entered the war.

For the first time,

Hitler's dream of a German empire...

... to last 1,000 years was in doubt.

While he hired and fired generals

and the winter grew colder...

... 15 of his officials were ordered

from their commands and ministries...

... to meet in a quiet lakeside residence

in Wannsee, in Berlin...

... far from the crisis at the front.

In two hours,

these men changed the world forever.

Only one record of what was said

and done here survives...

... from the wreckage of what was

the Thousand-Year Reich.

- How many rolls?

- Enough for four hours, sir.

Too many.

Two hours worth should be sufficient.

Do we have enough? How many fell?

I am sure we have a sizable inventory, sir.

You are sure, or you know?

I know, sir.

Itemize the cost. He pays.

Make it a separate report to me.

And keep him where I don't see him.


It is a fine day.

Yes, sir.

All right, then. Let's look smart.

Heil Hitler.

No silence in Latvia. No silence like this.

You're surprised it's better in Berlin?

Heil Hitler.

- We've met, Colonel.

- Indeed, we have.

- I'm State Secretary Bhler.

- Indeed, you are.

- Col. Schngarth.

- Sir.

Maj. Lange.

If there's anything any of you need,

don't hesitate to call an orderly or me.

My appreciation to the man

who picked this spot.

That would be Gen. Heydrich.

Beautiful house, from a more elegant time.

Are they any messages from Cracow,

my office?

No, sir.

Where do we go?

The Major has come a long way,

the man deserves a drink.

This way. You'll find the wines, and we're

not limited to the wines, first-rate.

That way.

Yes, the court will dry your throat.



Put this book away.

It's not built for this purpose,

not for meetings.

These floors are not for boots.

- It was a private home?

- Private home, yes.


We believe it was owned by a Jew.

There's some dispute.

In the SS, we travel deluxe.

- Always.

- Well, we've earned it, surely.

Not everyone agrees.

- Heil Hitler!

- It's running like a damn truck.

They say they replaced the belts and plugs,

but it sounds like a cement mixer.

Can someone here check?

I can't hear myself think in there!

Can someone here check?

I can't hear myself think in there!

The East is well represented.

And we're here first.

Meet Maj. Lange, a very tired man.

No, please,

I am enjoying these surroundings.

- Where can I find Col. Eichmann?

- Follow me, sir.


Excuse the interruption.


My memorandum of recommendations.

I have here another copy,

in the circumstance Gen. Heydrich...

...would like to be refreshed of its contents

for the sake of maintaining harmony...

...between the Gestapo

and the Foreign Office.

- That was my thought.

- Yes.

Are there any changes

to the list of the invited...


- So even Dr. Kritzinger will be here?

- Yes.

Yes, he will not be happy.

Here we are. And how are you?

Very well, thank you.

I'll make sure that the General sees this.

- When will he arrive?

- He should be on the ground any moment.

May I take your coat, sir? Your hat?

Neumann, Director,

Office of the Four-Year Plan, sir.

Yes. How are you, Neumann?

Always surprised and flattered,

Dr. Stuckart, that you recognize me.

I'm always thanking you for saying so.

Neumann, Director,

Office of the Four-Year Plan.

Dr. Stuckart.

- Heil Hitler. Welcome, sir.

- Heil Hitler. Thank you for the welcome.

Gen. Heydrich's not here yet, I expect.

Am I correct?

Yes, sir.

He loves a grand entrance.

I have no idea what happened to him.

Probably running a bank

somewhere by now.

I understand the purpose,

but no idea what the man might propose.

- Or what the meeting's about? Power.

- No, consolidation of power.

We should benefit by that.

Kritzinger, a pleasure.

I'm pleased you're here.

A morbid curiosity.

We have settled this question.

So I thought.

- What's been discussed?

- Everything, except the fighting in Moscow.

I've heard we're counter-attacking.

Reichenau's got them out of...

Reichenau is dead.

Let us not gossip like maids at the market.

We are stalled for the winter.

Time to face reality.

- Is Col. Eichmann here?

- Yes, sir.

Tell him Klopfer has arrived.

And the others?

Neumann, Director,

Office of the Four-Year Plan.

- For Gring?

- For Reichsmarshal Gring, yes, his office.

And you, sir?

Luther. And what is your plan?

Where will we be in four years,

do you think? Living in the White House?

Welcome, sir.

- You are very well fixed up here.

- I think we are.

I'm late because of a briefing.

We have this general...

...who is now trying to capture Moscow,

who has never commanded one brigade.

That is what I've been hearing,

and that is why I am late.

- Not at all.

- Is there beer?


And where is the boys' room?

I've been briefed by the Governor-General

on what concerns, what anticipations.

That is private.

We will all discover what new concepts

our SS friends have in mind.


Not bad for French.

Neumann, Director, Office of the Four-Year

Plan. I'm very pleased to be here.

Whom may I be speaking to?

It is very complex, these laws.

A lot of time and thought have been

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Loring Mandel

Loring Mandel (born May 5, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American playwright and screenwriter whose notable works include the TV movie Conspiracy. He has written for radio, television, film and the stage. more…

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