I missed their context and there is no subtitles or close caption. Spencer Tracy and Burt Lanaster is only one that I can read their lips. I hoped in the future or make new movie be sure it has subtitles.
I come from a small white German sundown town in the mid-west and only upon moving out to go college did I first saw this film and its lessons. These white sundown towns didn’t talk about this stuff, the high schools taught their students that slavery was not a cause of the Civil War and that segregation was none of anyone’s business in the North. Yeah towns like my hometown spawned anti-Semitism and indifference to racial discrimination. Spend three hours with this film. Some of you may come to realize that the plight of your fellow human beings is your responsibility.
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A magnificent movie, entertaining and extremely thought-provoking. The screenplay and cast are brilliant. The film raises so many moral questions, as relevant today as ever. Who bears guilt for a crime against humanity, and who is responsible for preventing the crime? When do we forgive our enemies and make them our allies? How much of the past are we willing to learn, how much truth can we bear? Must we forget the past, or at least some of it, to carry on? This film is timeless.
A timeless movie that was made as an epic masterpiece when it was first released. The subject demands special treatment, and Spencer Tracy gives a great performance as the head trial judge. It brings out all the issues at the time of the trial and gives an honest account of what occurred before and during the trial. This is a movie that will be watched for generations to come!
Probably one of the most insightful movies that I have ever seem. Raises more questions than it answers like most good movies do . The dialogues are amazing , 3 in particular , Burt Lancaster justifying the rise of Nazism , Maximillian Schell implying the world's guilt and Spencer Tracy on the value of a single human life.
A very exciting movie to watch with an all-star cast, good acting and interesting storyline.
Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. A++ DVD
Dr. Janning makes a statement condemning himself and his fellow defendants for "going along" with the Third Reich.
Stunned at the sudden change of the defendent's attitude, the defence attorney gapes at Dr. Janning when he finishes the statement, then tells the court, "If Dr. Janning is guilty, the whole world is guilty because U.S. Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. supported eugenics practices like The Third Reich, the Vatican supported Hitler by way of Hitler-Vatican Reichskonkordat in 1933, the Soviet supported Hitler with the Nazi-Soviet Pact in 1939 that allowed Hitler to start World War II, and Winston Churchill once praised Adolf Hitler. Furthermore, the U.S. Air forces dropped the atomic bombs in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, killing thousands of innocent citizens, if not a million of them. This is clearly a crime against humanity."
At this point, I say to myself, "Oh yeah! the States killed tens of thousands of innocent Japanese citizens by the atomic bombs as well as incendiary bombs, which is almost like the Holcaust. If the Diary of Anne Frank is the accusation against the Third Reich, the movie "Black Rain" (The Story of Yasuko) is the accusation against the United State.
Since the Cold War has just started, Haywood has to choose between patriotism and justice. He rejects the call to let the Nazi judges off lightly to gain Germany's support in the Cold War against the Soviet Union. He sentences all the defendents to life in prison.
At the end of the movie, Ernst Janning personally thanks Judge Haywood for his rulings, saying that it was the right and just decision.
"But please belive me, Judge Haywood, I didn't know about the Holcaust."
"I know you're innocent as far as the Holcaust is concerned."
Then, why didn't he free the four defendants from the crime as Mrs. Bertholt asked him?
Well, I suppose somebody has to take responsibilty for the crime.
Otherwise human beings wouldn't learn from the mistakes.
Yet, it seems to me that the United States hasn't learned the lesson because the military-industrial complex is producing new weapons called "drones"---unmanned airplanes---that dropped bombs in Afghanistan, creating another Anne Frank as well as Yasuko stories.
Although Ernst Janning thanked Judge Haywood, Mrs. Bertholt didn't.
She never forgave him, she asked him for forgiveness in the first place, though.
This story is simple and straightforward on the surface, yet quite complicated on a personal basis.
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