The Devil's General

Synopsis: 1941, the Third Reich seems to be winning the war. Luftwaffe (air force) general Harry Harras enjoys the good life as highly respected technician and Berlin ministry/ HQ official. However his outspoken critical attitude at social occasions awakes hopes from opposition and suspicion from the Nazi party. He suddenly finds himself approached and arrested by the Gestapo, who psychologically torture him. Next his position is threatened by technical aircraft trouble he'll be blamed for but may result from sabotage.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Helmut Käutner
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
117 min



A Film Helmut Von Kutner

Based on the eponymous play

The plot of this film is a product of fiction.

Any resemblance to any persons living or dead

is purely coincidental.

Berlin, December 5, 1941 22:30

The Fhrer is always very clever, isn't he?

And a man who works all night ...

If others have something like ...

I say that ...

Who could stop him: Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt?

Yes, there is something there.

Well if they looked into those eyes ...

I could use a mouthwash. Let's go to Otto's.


- Heil Hitler, von Stetten.

- Heil Hitler, Harras!

What is wrong Brauchitsch today? I was very nervous.

Something has happened. Lttjohann is

already trying to find out exactly what.

Heil Hitler, General!

What shall we do tonight? Drinks?


I'm sorry...

I have a small party at Otto's in honor of Eilers.

He's come back so they can decorate him again.

Well, I would also like to congratulate Eilers.

Care to join us?

He already knows my jokes.

All recorded in my personnel file.

There is nothing recorded.

We have a sense of humor.

Praise Himmler! Come, Mohrungen!

It seems we're full.

The Foreign Ministry is already here.

I have my own transportation.

Lttjohann! Let's go!

- What's going on?

- A Fhrer meeting.

- Problems in Moscow?

- That's what I could ascertain.

It's getting very cold there.

General von Bock wants to leave.

They say he shouted into the phone:

"Let me come back...It's not my fault", etc.

No matter what, von Bock will be the scapegoat.

132,000 tons of shipping sunk in the Battle of Britain!

Whenever something happens in the East,

there is an extra edition in the West.

Seriously, Harras. Don't you think something could happen?

I mean, something definitive?

It already has.

You're speaking of the increasing consumption of our material?

I'm talking about Russia.

In strategic terms, if we end up with Russia ...

But we did not, Mr. von Pflungk!

I know nothing about strategy,

just how much it costs...

...from the viewpoint of our military aviation.

You do not think we can do it?

You can do the math just like I

have for the last two years.

We're building bombers when we

should be building fighters.

No, General, you overestimate the production of the Western democracies.

They are psychologically at a disadvantage.

No matter what, appropriate measures

will be taken in plenty of time.

Well, maybe the Ministry has other advice.

In my humble opinion,

there is still a political solution...

...if one can not achieve total military victory.

Have Japan destroy America!

Then come to a separate peace with Russia...

...and reach a compromise in London.

Late Harvest 1941, Ribbentrop's plan.

- What is that?

- Armagnac for Harras.

He always starts with a double Armagnac.

Detlev, Francois! What are you doing here?

There's no one in here!

What should I do with three young men

that were in the Reichstag today!

Harras wanted us specifically for his party.

Francois and me. Because he trusts us.

But the place is full of bigwigs already.

Do not get excited, Otto. Be a good boy.

Give a kiss to his aunt!

Under different circumstances,

I would have thrown you out!

Under different circumstances!


- Welcome to my house.

- Otto!


Baron! Captain! It is a great honor, General.

Everything is ready.

The lobster is ready.

Detlev, a double Armagnac!

Here it is.


Please, General, take a look at what we prepared.

It all seems fine. Almost like old times.

Here are always good times, General.

Old times or new, nothing changes.

A good introduction for a book of poetry:

We're all little fatter...

...but we remain the same.

What cable is that in the window?

- What cable is that?

- Why ask me?

The cable goes there.

Ah, it's the radio antenna.

Of course it is the radio antenna.

No radio without an antenna.

We must get the air-raid warnings, General.

Now I'm nervous too.

00 already, they're late.

Ah!, there is the enemy! Where are the "reds"?

I must call my children to see if they've left.

Tell your hero son-in-law to hurry...

...or we'll eat everything.


Oh, Daddy, yes.

Yes, we're coming.

Yeah, okay.

We have to hurry up.

Hurry up...

We really have to go?

Of course. Harras always throws great parties.

But we will not stay long, right?

You know, Anne...

...the worst part of being away from home.

Being away from you...the children.

You get used to war, but the time ...

It will not be forever. It has to end.

What counts is now.

Yes, now. And we know why.

Let's go, Harras is waiting.

Oh, look at this. I will have to fix it tomorrow.

- Ptzchen, are you ready?

- Five more minutes.

What's with her engagement anyway?

So, why so quiet?

I'm still not fully here.

Last night I was over London and now ...

It all happened so fast.

Do not think about it anymore.

Keep it with your memories and rejoice.

You're in Berlin tonight and going to Otto's.

Look, no straps.

What are you going to do with

your time off? Any plans?

I wanted to spend the holidays in

the countryside somewhere, in the mountains.

I thought we could ...

You're talking about Garmisch? There's nothing there.

Just the hospital.

Nothing but funerals.

No, you can only really live in Berlin.

Help me out here!

With Baron Pflungk?

Why, Hartmann!

Baron Pflungk is a small fish in the Ministry.

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George Hurdalek

George Hurdalek (6 February 1908 – 15 June 1980) was a German screenwriter. He wrote for 41 films between 1934 and 1975. He was born in Görlitz, Germany and died in Munich, Germany. more…

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