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The last ten days of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime are seen through the eyes of a young woman in his employ in this historical drama from Germany. Traudl Junge (Alexandra Maria Lara) was 22 years old when, in the fall of 1942, she was hired to be personal secretary to Adolf Hitler (Bruno Ganz). In April of 1945, Junge was still working for Hitler as forces were bearing down on Germany and the leader retreated to a secret bunker in Berlin for what would prove to be the last ten days of his life, as well as that of the Third Reich. As Hitler's mistress Eva Braun (Juliane Köhler) attempts to throw a cheerful birthday party for her man, Hitler's closest associates, including Heinrich Himmler (Ulrich Noethen), Joseph Goebbels (Ulrich Matthes), and Albert Speer (Heino Ferch), urge him to flee the city with only Goebbels maintaining any illusions that the Third Reich has any hope of survival. Hitler refuses to leave Berlin, and he spends his final days ranting and raving to Junge, blaming all around him as he tries to understand where his leadership went wrong. Meanwhile, Goebbels and his wife round up their six children and bring them to the bunker as Berlin begins to topple, determined to take their lives rather than face the Allies after Germany's certain defeat. Der Untergang (aka The Downfall) was based in part on the memoirs of the real-life Traudl Junge, whose experiences also formed the basis of the 2002 documentary Traudl Junge (aka Traudl Junge). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:February 18, 2005


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oliver Hirschbiegel Best Foreign Language Film 2004 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Bernd Eichinger Best Screenplay 2005 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Bruno Ganz Best Actor 2005 Winner


Bruno Ganz
as Adolf Hitler
Juliane Köhler
as Eva Braun
Alexandra Maria Lara
as Traudl Junge
Corinna Harfouch
as Magda Goebbels
Ulrich Matthes
as Joseph Goebbels
Heino Ferch
as Albert Speer
Christian Berkel
as Dr. Schenck
Matthias Habich
as Werner Haase
Thomas Kretschmann
as Hermann Fegelein
Ulrich Noethen
as Heinrich Himmler
Götz Otto
as Otto Guensche
Donevan Gunia
as Peter, the Hitler Youth kid
Michael Mendl
André Hennicke
Heinrich Schmieder


Oliver Hirschbiegel
Bernd Eichinger
Bernd Eichinger
Traudl Junge
Book Author
Melissa Muller
Book Author
Rainer Klausmann
Stephan Zacharias
Composer (Music Score)
Hans Funck
Bernd Lepel
Production Designer
Yelena Zhukova
Art Director
Christine Rothe
Associate Producer
Claudia Bobsin
Costume Designer
Roland Winke
Sound/Sound Designer
Stefan Busch
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Kranz
Sound/Sound Designer
Die Nefzers
Special Effects
Bernd Eichinger
Presented by
Waldemar Pokromski