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Uncle Kruger (1941)

Ohm Krüger (original title)
Rousing biopic of Paul Kruger, the Boer guerilla fighter turned statesman and first president of South Africa.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emil Jannings ... Ohm Krüger
Lucie Höflich Lucie Höflich ... Sanna Krüger
Werner Hinz Werner Hinz ... Jan Krüger
Ernst Schröder Ernst Schröder ... Adrian Krüger
Elisabeth Flickenschildt ... Frau Kock
Gisela Uhlen ... Petra Krüger
Hedwig Wangel Hedwig Wangel ... Königin Victoria
Ferdinand Marian ... Cecil Rhodes
Gustaf Gründgens ... Chamberlain
Hans Adalbert Schlettow ... Kommandant de Wett
Friedrich Ulmer ... Generalkommandant Joubert
Eduard von Winterstein Eduard von Winterstein ... Kommandant Cronje
Fritz Hoopts Fritz Hoopts ... Feldkornett Colson
Max Gülstorff Max Gülstorff ... Staatssekretär Reitz
Walter Werner Walter Werner ... Abgeordneter Kock
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Rousing biopic of Paul Kruger, the Boer guerilla fighter turned statesman and first president of South Africa.

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Biography | War

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

4 April 1941 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El presidente Krüger See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tobis Filmkunst See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ferdinand Marian, who played Cecil Rhodes in this movie, starred one year earlier in Jud Süß (1940), an antisemitic propaganda movie. Emil Jannings and Gustaf Gründgens, who both star in this movie both refused the role of Süß Oppenheimer earlier. See more »

Goofs

Despite the fact that the movie is called "Ohm Krüger", the actual person, who was also known as "Ohm Paul", was called "Kruger" (without the umlauts, which don't exist in Afrikaans). See more »

Quotes

Ohm Krüger: [last words] This was the end. This is how England subjected our little folk with most horrible methods. But one day the days of the reevnge will come. I don't know when. But so much blood can't be flowed for nothing. So many tears weren't cried for fruitless. We were just a small and weak folk. Big and powerful folks will stand up agains the british tyranny. They will beat England to the ground. God will be with them. Then the way is free for a better world.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie, instead of the word "Ende" (The End) the company's logo "Tobis" appears. See more »

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Featured in Hitler's Hollywood (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Das macht das Klima von Paris
Music by Theo Mackeben
Lyrics by Hans Fritz Beckmann
Danced by Gerd Danker with the Ballett des Theathers am Nollendorfplatz-Berlin
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Revealing, Though Not as Intended
11 July 2001 | by gvb0907See all my reviews

Paulus "Oom Paul" Kruger (1825-1904) was president of the Transvaal(1883-1900) and leader of the Boers during the Boer War (1899-1902). Although defeated by the British, Kruger achieved considerable acclaim for his stout fight against the odds.

In the film, a blind and exiled Kruger recounts the war to his young nurse. The British are depicted as clever, duplicitous, and ruthless. The Boers are shown as resolute and valiant, but ultimately as victims. So the film served Nazi audiences as both an inspiration and as a warning - honor the Boer's heroism but don't let their fate befall you!

Jannings is excellent as Kruger and the caricatures of the British villains (Queen Victoria, Lord Kitchener, Winston Churchill - complete with bulldog) are sometimes amusing, but the spectacle scenes (a Boer "off to war" parade and the battle sequences) are much too long and poorly edited. The final massacre of women and children in a British concentration camp is clearly derived from the Odessa Steps sequence in Eisenstein's "Potemkin."

Propaganda pictures are seldom effective and "Ohm Kruger" is no exception. Everything in the film is taken too far, but then the Nazis had a tendency to go too far. In that sense, "Ohm Kruger"reflects their perspective very well.


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