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Storyline:   "The Night of the Generals" is a 1967 war crime mystery film directed by Anatole Litvak. The movie is set during World War II and follows a murder investigation that intertwines with political intrigue and personal vendettas. The story begins with the murder of a prostitute in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Major Grau (played by Omar Sharif), a German military officer, is assigned to lead the investigation. As he delves deeper into the case, he discovers that the murder may be connected to a series of similar crimes. The investigation leads him to three German generals: General Tanz (played by Peter O'Toole), General Kahlenberge (played by Donald Pleasence), and General Seydlitz-Gabler (played by Charles Gray). As Grau uncovers more evidence, he realizes that the murders may be linked to a conspiracy involving high-ranking German officers. The film weaves together the murder mystery with political intrigue, personal rivalries, and the broader context of World War II.

"The Night of the Generals" explores themes of power, morality, and the complexity of human motivations during wartime. It delves into the psychological impact of war on individuals and the choices they make when faced with moral dilemmas. The film boasts a strong cast, with Omar Sharif delivering a compelling performance as Major Grau. Peter O'Toole's portrayal of General Tanz adds depth to the character's enigmatic and complex nature. The film also benefits from its period-accurate production design and atmospheric cinematography. While "The Night of the Generals" didn't achieve widespread critical acclaim upon its release, it remains notable for its intriguing blend of war drama and murder mystery. The film offers a unique perspective on World War II and its impact on individuals, making it an engaging watch for fans of historical dramas and mystery films.
The Night Of The Generals
Year : 1967
Genre : Crime, Drama, Mystery
IMDB Rating: 7
Director: Anatole Litvak
Top Billing Cast:  Christopher Plummer as Field Marshal Rommel Peter O'Toole as General Tanz Omar Sharif as Major Grau Donald Pleasence as General Kahlenberge

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  1. Both Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif found themselves in a contractual bind due to earlier agreements signed when their fame was yet to peak. Consequently, they accepted smaller fees than expected for their roles in this 1966 film, although they made sure to claim their entitled lavish living expenses.
  2. Despite a budget of 5.2 million dollars, the film had only earned three million dollars by 1972.
  3. Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif felt indebted to producer Sam Spiegel for their star-making roles in "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) and reluctantly agreed to act in this movie, despite their reservations.
  4. Filmmaker Yves Boisset recalled an incident where Peter O'Toole arrived on set intoxicated for a scene but managed to perform perfectly before returning to his alcoholic state.
  5. During shooting in Warsaw, Poland, in winter, Omar Sharif, dressed in uniform, entered a café to warm up but was mistaken for a real soldier due to his costume. The patrons panicked and denied him service.
  6. Donald Pleasence's fee for the film exceeded the combined fees of Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif, even though he had higher billing, due to an old contract agreement.
  7. The Polish army contributed soldiers to play German soldiers in the film, bringing their own weapons and vehicles, some of which were not period-accurate.
  8. "The Blue Max" was among the last films to face heavy censorship before the abolition of the Production Code Administration in 1968. The film's depictions of sexual behavior posed challenges for the censors.
  9. Producer Sam Spiegel gifted Christopher Plummer a Rolls-Royce as payment for his role as Field Marshal Rommel.
  10. Charles Gray and Donald Pleasence appeared in the same year's James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice" (1967), with Pleasence portraying Ernst Stavro Blofeld, a role Gray would later play in "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971).
  11. Gore Vidal and Robert Anderson contributed uncredited script revisions to the film.
  12. Despite disagreeing with the film's theme, Omar Sharif accepted the role due to his friendship with Peter O'Toole.
  13. "The Blue Max" marked the on-screen reunion of Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif after "Lawrence of Arabia." They appeared together in subsequent films as well.
  14. A real-life 1961 Pan Am Boeing 707-321 was depicted as landing in Hamburg in the film.
  15. Peter O'Toole and Tom Courtenay portrayed contrasting characters, with one as a war-driven general and the other as a passive corporal, similar to their roles in "Doctor Zhivago."
  16. Gore Vidal initially wanted Sir Dirk Bogarde for Major Grau's role, but Sam Spiegel objected.
  17. Donald Pleasence, Nigel Stock, and Gordon Jackson, who played German soldiers in "The Blue Max," previously portrayed British prisoners in "The Great Escape" (1963).
  18. Corporal Hartmann (Sir Tom Courtenay) drove General Tanz (Peter O'Toole) around Paris in a 1936 Hispano-Suiza K6.
  19. Producer Sam Spiegel selected Anatole Litvak to direct the film because Litvak owned the rights to the novel.
  20. Major Grau's (Omar Sharif) car in Poland was a c.1936 Mercedes-Benz 170V (W136), while General Tanz's (Peter O'Toole) car was a 1936 Maybach DS8 "Zeppelin."
  21. The DVD version of the film contains incorrect English subtitles that do not match the spoken dialogue in certain scenes.
  22. Omar Sharif had a unique connection to David Lean, having co-starred with Peter O'Toole in "Lawrence of Arabia" and later with Tom Courtenay in Lean's epic "Doctor Zhivago."
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