Paul Lukas won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a German underground leader chased by the Nazis from his homeland to America. Bette Davis co-stars as his wife, and together the pair discovers how far the Nazis reach is, as their new life in Washington, D.C., is threatened by such figures as a shady blackmailer.
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Adolf Eichmann, architect of Hitler's heinous "final solution" which resulted in the murder of six million Jews, escapes Germany at the end of WWII. But two intrepid Israeli agents vow he will not escape justice. Released when the real-life Eichmann trial had the world riveted, the uncompromising Operation Eichmann tells the story of a Nazi zealot drunk on the power to send millions of his fellow human beings to their deaths in gas chambers. And it tells the story of Israeli agents David and Jacob, who miraculously survived one of Eichmann's mass executions when they were children. A 15-year manhunt is on as Eichmann and his mistress hopscotch the globe, pursued by David, Jacob and more dedicated Nazi-hunters, who sometimes wonder if it is better to kill than to capture Eichmann. A suspenseful adventure, a political thriller, and a true-life tale of good and evil: that is Operation Eichmann.
Bette Davis and Paul Lukas star in this multiple Academy Award-nominated drama based on Lillian Hellman's daring play as adapted by the acclaimed Dashiell Hammett. As war threatens 1930s Europe, tireless anti-fascist crusader Kurt Muller (Lukas) keeps his underground activities a secret from his wife's (Davis) Washington, D.C., society mother and the other guests at her house, but a Rumanian aristocrat blackmails him, forcing Muller to kill him and flee back to Europe. Many critics hail Lukas's performance as one of the greatest in film history. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, and the film was nominated for Best Picture (losing only to Casablanca), Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Lucile Watson), and Best Writing, Screenplay.
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