Hangmen Also Die
Hangmen Also Die (1943)

This film is set in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation. Czech loyalist Brian Donlevy assassinates the vicious Gestapo leader Heydrich, then goes into hiding. Fifth columnist Gene Lockhart arranges for 400 Prague citizens to be… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Classics
Release Date: March 23, 1943
DVD Release Date: May 9, 2000
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

Although Director Fritz Lang gives this familiar material occasional touches of distinction, the picture still misses Grade A rank.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

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.

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Eric Melin

An effective cat-and-mouse thriller and a paean to resistance, designed to give strength to those under Nazi rule. For a propaganda movie, it's surprisingly dark and not afraid to show the human cost of resistance.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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TV Guide

Visually the film's atmosphere is marvelously dark and oppressive due to the moody lensing of the great cinematographer James Wong Howe.

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Theodore Strauss
New York Times

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.

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Philip Concannon
The Skinny

The atmosphere of paranoia and suspicion evoked here is as pervasive as any Lang ever created.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Creatively filmed political thriller

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Stephen Earnest
I find that Fritz Lang's films are often hit-or-miss, but even when they miss, they're still usually interesting failures. "Hangmen Also… More