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Downfall (movie)

2004 drama movie on the last days of Hitler directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel

Downfall (German: Der Untergang) is a 2004 German war movie about the final days of Adolf Hitler, the Nazi dictator of Germany, in the Führerbunker. It is set in Berlin in 1945.

Directed byOliver Hirschbiegel
Produced byBernd Eichinger
Written byJoachim Fest
Bernd Eichinger
Traudl Junge
Melissa Müller
StarringBruno Ganz
Alexandra Maria Lara
Corinna Harfouch
Ulrich Matthes
Juliane Köhler
Music byStephan Zacharias
CinematographyRainer Klausmann
Edited byHans Funck
Distributed byConstantin Film
Newmarket Films (English subtitles)
Release date
September 16, 2004 (Germany)
February 18, 2005 (USA)
Running time
156 minutes (original cut)
178 minutes (extended cut)
Box office$92,180,910[1]

The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

A scene in the film, where Hitler become angry and goes into a furious tirade when he finally realizes that the war is truly lost is known for being parodied and has an internet meme.[2] British Labour MP Tom Harris stepped down from his internet adviser role because of the media reaction to a Downfall parody which made fun of Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.[3]



  1. 1.0 1.1 "DOWNFALL". Box Office Mojo.
  2. "The rise, rise and rise of the Downfall Hitler parody". BBC. Retrieved 2013-1-23. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. "MP Tom Harris quits media post over Hitler joke video". BBC. Retrieved 2013-1-23. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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