The Captain

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Movie Info & Cast


Written and directed by Robert Schwentke (The Time Traveler’s Wife, RED), this German-language drama is based on an incredible and disturbing true story from the final weeks of World War II. When a fleeing German army deserter stumbles across an abandoned Nazi captain’s uniform, his discovery proves to be more than just a handy disguise. Instead, he unlocks a seductively powerful and ultimately monstrous new role to play – and it’s one he excels at. Soon he’s acting like a Nazi captain in truth, taking command of a camp and doling out “justice” the hard way… all while claiming that his authority comes straight from the Führer himself.


  • Max Hubacher
  • Milan Peschel
  • Frederick Lau
  • Bernd Hölscher
  • Waldemar Kobus
  • Alexander Fehling
  • Samuel Finzi
  • Wolfram Koch
  • Eugénie Anselin
  • Hendrik Arnst

Did You Know?


  • It was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
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  • Some German soldiers have a skull painted on their helmet. This specific type of skull decal was used by a Finnish army unit (1st battalion, infantry regiment 46) in the continuation war 1941-1944. A famous colorized photo of three Finnish soldiers in a trench wearing this sort helmet decal of is often incorrectly associated with Germans or the SS.
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4.5 out of 5


Jul 24, 2018

The central premise is arresting, as is the style, but there's a lot more that could have been done with it than just show how one ill-defined individual instantly opts to join his country's lowest form of life.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
Jun 25, 2018

It’s a powerful, profoundly uncomfortable watch.

Wendy Ide
Screen Daily