The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Captain (Der Hauptmann)2018

The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018)



Critic Consensus: The Captain makes chillingly persuasive points about the dark side of human nature -- and underscores how little certain tendencies ever really change.

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Based on the arresting true story of the Executioner of Emsland, The Captain follows a German army deserter, Willi Herold (Max Hubacher), after he finds an abandoned Nazi captain's uniform in the final weeks of World War II. Emboldened by the authority the uniform grants him, he amasses a band of stragglers who cede to his command despite the suspicions of some. Citing direct orders from the Fuhrer himself, he soon takes command of a camp holding German soldiers accused of desertion and begins to dispense harsh justice. Increasingly intoxicated by the unquestioned authority, this enigmatic imposter soon discovers that many people will blindly follow the leader, whomever that happens to be. Simultaneously a historical docudrama and sociological examination with undertones of the absurd, The Captain presents fascism as something of a game to be played by those most gullible and unscrupulous.

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Max Hubacher
as Willi Herold
Frederick Lau
as Kipinski
Britta Hammelstein
as Gerda Schütte
Samuel Finzi
as Roger Kuckelsberg
Wolfram Koch
as Schneider
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Critic Reviews for The Captain (Der Hauptmann)

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (22)

Director Robert Schwentke shoots in black and white, yet the story is strictly black, giving little insight into the cruel, impressively coolheaded Herold (Max Hubacher) except that he's incensed at the German retreat.

March 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Hubacher's performance is a masterful physical feat.

October 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Captures the moment when fear and chaos bite and the ordered military existence crumbles into savagery and base urges.

September 22, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's a profoundly disturbing film, full of striking images.

September 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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You've heard of 'Stalag 17', now meet Stalag 666.

September 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

What a chilling performance from Hubacher.

September 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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