• The Captain (2018)

The Captain

Release Date: July 27th, 2018

TBC |1 hr 58 min

Plot Summary

The Captain follows Willi Herold (Max Hubacher), a German army deserter who stumbles across an abandoned Nazi captain's uniform during the last, desperate weeks of the Third Reich. Newly emboldened by the allure of a suit that he stole only to stay warm, Willi discovers that many Germans will follow the leader, whosoever that happens to be. A parade of fresh atrocities follow in the self-declared captain's wake, and serve as a profound reminder of the consequences of social conformity and untrammeled political power. Simultaneously a historical docudrama, a tar-black comedy, and a sociological treatise, The Captain presents fascism as a pathetic pyramid scheme, a system to be gamed by the most unscrupulous and hollow-souled.

Cast: Alexander Fehling , Max Hubacher , Frederick Lau , Milan Peschel

Director: Robert Schwentke

Genres: Drama , History , War

Production Co: Filmgalerie 451,Alfama Films,Opus Film,Hands-on Producers

Distributors: Music Box Films

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Wendy IdeScreen International

    It’s a powerful, profoundly uncomfortable watch. show more

  • 60
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    The central premise is arresting, as is the style, but there's a lot more that could have been done with it than just show how one ill-defined individual instantly opts to join his country's lowest form of life. show more

  • 70
    Film Threat

    The film-craft is high quality, with the passion and care taken evident. Schwentke brings the brutal winter during wartime to realistic life. If you have historical interest in deep details of the war, or are fascinated by psychopathic war criminals, this might be a film for you. show more

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