The Captain

The Captain

  • Director: Robert Schwentke
  • Countries of origin: Germany, France, Poland
  • Language: German
  • Release date: July 27, 2018
  • Sound mix: Dolby Digital, DTS
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35 : 1
  • Also known as: Bödeln från Emsland
  • "The Captain" is a war drama directed by Robert Schwentke , starring Max Kubacher, Milan Pescher, Frederick Lau , etc. It was released at the Toronto Film Festival on September 7, 2017.
    Based on a true story, the film tells the story of Willie Herold, a nineteen-year-old rank-and-file defenseman who becomes the so-called "Eamesland Executioner" in the last two weeks of World War II   .


    • Release date July 27, 2018
    • Filming locations Görlitz, Saxony, Germany
    • Production companies Filmgalerie 451, Alfama Films, Opus Film

    Box office


    €5,800,000 (estimated)

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    • By Gabe 2022-08-03 09:21:57

      The Captain--About the Bestiality of War in Germany

      A few days ago, I said that I wanted to watch a World War II movie because I saw my classmates playing "Call of Duty 2", and I couldn't help but think of "Fury", "Bold in the City", "Rescue Private Ryan", "Minefield," "Full Metal Shell," etc. These works have never disappointed me, as if they are all searching for the last vestiges of humanity's brilliance...

    • By Margot 2022-04-24 07:01:26

      Can you persuade the god of death?

      Two prisoners are standing in the clearing of the concentration camp. In front of them are four other prisoners who are bound together. As long as they are killed, the two prisoners have a chance to survive.

      The first prisoner shot his former cellmate without hesitation, and he persuaded Death to go away. The second prisoner fired a shot and then shot himself, accepting death.

      The former survived like maggots, and the latter followed Death with pride.

      1. to live


    • By Geovanni 2022-04-24 07:01:26

      "Fake Captain"

      This is a German film that reflects World War II. It is also a real historical event.

      After the end of World War II, unlike Japan, Germany has been reflecting on what it had done at that time with a repentant attitude, and was deeply exploring the ugly side of human nature. From this film, we can also see a side of German reflection.

      Looking at the title, I thought it was a comedy like Gori's "The Imperial Commissioner", but after reading it, I realized that it was not the case....

    • By Alexis 2022-04-23 07:06:07

      Cruising hungry wolf

      "Fake Captain"

      In 1941, Fromm, a Jewish philosopher who had experienced the perversions of the German Third Reich, published his book "Escape from Freedom". Several chapters expounded from the perspective of human nature why the Nazis so quickly became a state on the land where Schiller, Marx and Schopenhauer was born. dominate

      From the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century, Europeans, under the tide of leftist thought, promoted social change like immortals crossing the sea....

    • By Ellis 2022-04-23 07:06:07

      Nazis are not far away

      Personally, I think this may be the most profound reflection on Nazi militarism in the history of human films so far, and it was made by Germany itself, which is in line with the rationality and rigor of the German nation, but it is such a nation. Become an evil war demon, why does this huge contrast appear? The answer lies in this film based on true events.

      A few months before the surrender of Germany, the deserter Herold escaped the pursuit of the gendarmerie and wandered in the...

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    • By Irving 2023-05-29 19:42:09

      The sadness of the shadow, you are just the shadow of that outfit, and you will never become a real...

    • By Gerardo 2023-05-17 20:23:16

      It's too daring to shoot, it's all the truth, and it reflects the evil of human nature. No one can withstand the temptation, no one is spared, either si, or live like si. European films have always dared to dig out the dark side of themselves. This is called taking history as a mirror. Some works that are just scratching the surface reflect the cruelty of war without any pain or itching. It is really shameless to say that everyone is a victim of war, such as "Grave of the Fireflies", " in this...

    • By Cade 2023-02-23 00:28:40

      Good looking, the power of cinema. It's fun to watch, and it's fun to watch when you watch it. Giving up self to embrace a leader is a beast in uniform. So, they are all...

    • By Archibald 2022-12-31 13:44:05

      27 shots were fired at the beginning and...

    • By Casper 2022-12-16 16:24:45

      The shock of real events, so behind the various game paradox deductions, ordinary people can only become passive anarchists to survive as much as possible, because it is always their own people who are the most cruel and terrifying to domestic slaves. It's just because this "authority" (the man who takes the pot) is just right and cunning, they push the boat with the current, so that when the fake captain gets carried away and takes the initiative to say "you can't remember the time", they...

    Movie plot

    On the eve of Germany's defeat, the people and the stragglers were panicked. At this time, a German deserter under the age of 20, Willie Herold, put on the captain's officer uniform he found and transformed himself into Captain Herold. From the moment he felt respected and needed in the captain's uniform, he embraced this new identity and became more and more unable to extricate himself. Herold swindled and recruited a group of...
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    The film creates a strong sense of history under the minimalist aesthetic images, which can be called a surprise in European films   . (Review of "Global Screen")
    The film only uses World War II as the background, and the story goes deep into Germany, using a "uniform" as a symbol of power to explore a national character that runs through German society, and then shows the fundamental reason why the Shearer regime can develop in...
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    Movie quotes

    • Willi Herold: My father always said, "If you've done something wrong, then at least admit it."