Judgment at Nuremberg

Synopsis: 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).
Genre: Drama, War
Production: United Artists
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 25 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
186 min

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.

I am at your service any time you need me.

Day or night.


Let's show him around

the rest of the place. Dan?

We're in the reception room.

Living room.

Study is in there.

There are two bedrooms on this floor,

three upstairs.

Furniture is part antique, part US Army.

The piano's showing signs of wear and tear,

but it's a genuine Bechstein.

Quite a view, isn't it, sir?

Senator, I really don't need all this.

The United States government

always does it right.

- You know that, Dan.

- Who used to live here?

An important Nazi general and his wife, sir.

Let's see. Is there anything else

Judge Haywood ought to know?

Sir, are there any questions?


- You're West Point, aren't you, Captain?

- Yes, sir.

- What's your first name?

- Harrison. Harry.

Harry, look, I'm not West Point.

And all this formality gets me down a little,

not to say puts me ill at ease.

Do you think it would be

too much an infraction of the rules...

if you were to call me Judge,

or Dan, or something?

Okay, Judge.

We shop at the army commissary.

There isn't enough food at the local markets

for the Germans.

The driver knows where it is.

Here's a copy of the indictment of the case.

Thought you might want to look it over.

I hope you'll be comfortable here, sir.

Captain, I think the whole state of Maine

would be comfortable here.

My office is next to yours

at the Palace of Justice...

- if you need anything.

- Thank you.


Do you think

I really need the three servants?

It kind of makes me feel like a damn fool.

It helps them out, as well as you.

You see, here they eat.

I need three servants.

It's good to have a man

of your stature here, Dan.


I was the only man in America

qualified for this job.

Senator, you know I wasn't the first choice,

nor even the tenth.

- You know it, and I know it.

- What do you mean?

Let's face it.

Hitler is gone, Goebbels is gone.

Goering is gone. Committed suicide

before they could hang him.

Now we're down to the business of judging

the doctors, businessmen and judges.

Some people think

they shouldn't be judged at all.


So it makes for a hell of a lack of candidates

for the job.

You had to beat the backwoods of Maine

to come up with a hick like me.

I hope you're not sorry you came.

No. I'm not sorry I came.

I just wanted you to know

that I know where the body is buried.

No, I think the trials should go on.

Especially the trials of the German judges.

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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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