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Judgment at Nuremberg

Judgment at Nuremberg

Judgment at Nuremberg is a 1961 American courtroom drama film directed by Stanley Kramer, written by Abby Mann and starring Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Maximilian Schell, Werner Klemperer, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, William Shatner, and Montgomery Clift. Set in Nuremberg, Germany in 1948, the film depicts a fictionalized version of the Judges' Trial of 1947, one of the 12 U.S. military tribunals during the Subsequent Nuremberg trials.

Plot

Judgment at Nuremberg centers on a military tribunal convened in Nuremberg, Germany, in which four German judges and prosecutors stand accused of crimes against humanity for their involvement in atrocities committed under the Nazi regime. Judge Dan Haywood (Spencer Tracy) is the chief judge of a three-judge panel of Allied jurists who will hear and decide the case against the defendants. Haywood is particularly interested in trying to learn how the defendant Ernst Janning (Burt Lancaster) could have committed the atrocities of which he is accused, including the sentencing of innocent people to death. Janning, it is revealed, is a well-educated and internationally respected jurist and legal scholar. Haywood seeks to understand how the German people could have turned blind eyes and deaf ears to the crimes of the Nazi regime. In doing so, he befriends the widow (Marlene Dietrich) of a German general who had been executed by the Allies. He talks with a number of Germans who have different perspectives on the war. Other characters the judge meets are US Army Captain Byers (William Shatner), who is assigned to assist the American judges hearing the case, and Irene Hoffmann (Judy Garland), who is afraid to provide testimony that may bolster the prosecution's case against the judges.

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    award Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay National Board of Review: Top Ten Films National Film Registry Sølvklumpen for beste utenlandske kinofilm
    contentLocation Germany
    director Stanley Kramer
    editor Frederic Knudtson
    events capital punishment
    genre crime drama
    keywords adolf hitler adolf hitler\'s albert speer ally anti-semitic anti-semitism army captain atomic bomb atomic bombings of hiroshima and nagasaki baldur von schirach berlin blockade blood defilement bomb buck v. bell cold war crimes against humanity defense attorney eugenics first time gentile geopolitical geopolitics german people hear holy see invasion invasion of poland jewish jewish man joseph stalin life in prison mass murder military tribunal molotov–ribbentrop pact nazi nazi germany nazi-soviet pact nuremberg trials nuremberg trials that took place in the american zone occupation occupation of poland oliver wendell holmes jr. poland racism racist rassenschande reichskonkordat rudolf hess soviet union subsequent nuremberg trials supreme court justice supreme court of the united states third reich title card treaty of versailles united states army us army us supreme court vatican world war i world war ii
    musicBy Ernest Gold
    nomination Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Black and White Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
    producer Stanley Kramer
    productionCompany Amber Entertainment Roxlom Films
    publisher United Artists
    recordedAt Nuremberg
    theme docudrama legal drama