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Hangmen Also Die!
Hangmen Also Die is set in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation. Czech loyalist Brian Donlevy assassinates the vicious Gestapo leader Heydrich, then goes into hiding. The wounded patriot is sheltered by history professor Walter Brennan, who is already under surveillance by the Nazis thanks to his veiled classroom attacks on the Third Reich. Fifth columnist Gene Lockhart arranges for the professor and 400 other Prague citizens to be rounded up as hostages, to be killed if Heydrich's assassin is not revealed. Ultimately Lockhart himself is framed by the citizenry, giving the actor full… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although Director Fritz Lang gives this familiar material occasional touches of distinction, the picture still misses Grade A rank."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The two-and-a-quarter-hour film has the iconic thrust of a silent; the pro-sacrifice resistance cant has an oddly jihadist tenor today."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Creatively filmed political thriller"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"The film manages to pull off the tough double of making an anti-Nazi political statement and being thrilling entertainment as well."
‑ , Film4
"From a directorial standpoint this is a triumph for Fritz Lang, who succeeds with singular success in capturing the spirit of the Czech people in the face of the Nazi reign of terror."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Superb performances throughout, while James Wong Howe's photography perfectly captures the spirit of the occupied city, where hiding places are few and far from safe."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A first-rate anti-Nazi propaganda film shot as film noir."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"For all of Mr. Lang's finesse, his film is too patient -- it runs well over two hours -- too ponderous to hit its stride as melodrama. Nor does it match in emotional power and conviction its heroic theme."
‑ Theodore Strauss, New York Times
"Visually the film's atmosphere is marvelously dark and oppressive due to the moody lensing of the great cinematographer James Wong Howe."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In this collaboration with playwright Bertolt Brecht, Fritz Lang's WWWII drama about the Czech defiance of the Nazis is admittedly propagandistic but is marked by a properly oppressive ambience and dark visuals courtsey of ace lenser James Wong Howe."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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