Generation War

Season 1
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8.4201313+
Valor, courage, and betrayal come to the fore in this remarkable epic that shows the everyday realities of wartime life from a deeply personal perspective. Billed as a German Band of Brothers, Generation War vividly depicts the lives of five young German friends forced to navigate the unconscionable moral compromises of life under Hitler
Starring
Tom SchillingVolker BruchKatharina Schüttler
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
Deutsch

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  1. 1. A Different Time
    May 6 2014
    1 h 30 min
    TV-MA
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Deutsch
    On the eve of the Russian invasion in 1941, five German friends gather in Berlin before going separate ways: army lieutenant Wilhelm, his intellectual brother Friedhelm, nurse Charlotte, Jewish tailor Viktor, and his singer girlfriend Greta.
  2. 2. A Different War
    March 17 2013
    1 h 28 min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Deutsch
    As the war progresses, the soldiers realize they are not fighting the war that they expected. Charlotte and Greta must live with the consequences of their choices, and Viktor and Wilhelm find themselves on the run.
  3. 3. A Different Country
    March 19 2013
    1 h 34 min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    Deutsch
    The German army begins to retreat from the Eastern Front, and all five friends must decide who to side with in order to survive and fulfill their pledge to reunite in Berlin.

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Directors
Philipp Kadelbach
Supporting actors
Ludwig TrepteMiriam Stein
Producers
Benjamin BenedictAlexander BickelKatrin GoetterTim GreveHeike HempelNico HofmannThorsten RitschJürgen SchusterSebastian Werninger
Season year
2013
Network
Music Box Films
Content advisory
Smokingalcohol usefoul languageviolence
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ZenheadReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
4 Stars: German Production of Value for Novices of WW II
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This is a superb German TV production. Very well produced, directed. The connection of five people at times is simply far too unbelievable given the enormity of their relationships. They all wind up, one way or another, on the terrible Eastern Front. Savage warfare ... partisans are shown as Partisans ... but I don't believe there is much shown about the Wehrmacht involved with killing Jews ... but they are "observers" of the SD & SS killing Jews. The complicity of the Wehrmacht, Ordnungspolezei, etc., has by now been thoroughly documented. Two of the characters go down as Jews or politically unacceptable. The two Germans in the war (the war scenes are vivid and accurate given the budget) ... are altered horribly by what they were expected or chose to do. Americans have no understanding of the sheer brutality of how the Germans waged war in the Eastern front nations. Merciless. All Jews were communists; all communists were partisans; all partisans were Jews ... the Ornungspolezei killed many. But so did the Wehrmacht. I think that this was not fully addressed. But, the devastation of that generation of Germans is shown pretty clearly. That generation wanted war ... very few Germans did not support Nazism ... & they showed the ways in this film. There are inaccuracies for what the Jewish characters are able to do given the realities of the time period. For a very decent view of German Wehrmacht fighting against the Russians, this is a good film. The disintegration of morality in those forces on the Eastern Front can't be minimized. Too many saw what was happening, or participated. I felt the characterization was very good. They felt real to me as people, even if there were too many "coincidental" meet ups given the vastness of fighting on the Eastern Front. The SD, SS, Gestapo presence in Germany I think was simply too austere for fraternization with Jews & gentiles after a certain point. Nonetheless, this is a compelling series. Well worth watching. - one star for all the "coincidences." Not believable after a certain point. Squishing too much in ... but, an basically very good series from Germany.
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S BrowneReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth watching
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I could be snarky and title the review something like 'Imagine if The 90s show Friends was remade with millenials and then they joined the Wehrmacht and invaded Russia' and it would summarize the more awkward aspects of this otherwise worthwhile series. The miniseries views the war though the eyes of five young Germans, one of which is Jewish. Beginning in 1941 shortly before the invasion of the USSR it follows the five as their paths diverge and, too often through rather unbelievable coincidence, converge again. Two brothers join the army and are quickly disillusioned by the atrocities committed in the USSR. One of the women becomes a nurse and the other a prominent German singer. The Jewish character winds up with a Polish partisan group whose anti-semi risk which became a focus of controversy as many alleged that by dramatizing Polish anti-semitism the series sought to minimize the German variety. If one can ignore the unbelivablly improbable plot crossings and occasionally mawkish dialog, the rest of the series can be quite good. The war scenes are well done and the decent through the tragedy of WW2 traced by the protagonists has some very poignant moments
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Jason FReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant!
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I cannot recommend this series highly enough. As a combat veteran myself, this definitely rang true with me. From being light-hearted and invincible in the beginning, seeing the true horrors of war and how it changes everyone, to meeting up at the end and toasting your fallen comrades. This series brought a tear to my eye.
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DocReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Almost a Band of Brothers German counterpart
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I can't say much that hasn't already been said... but I will say that if you enjoyed the Band of Brothers series, you're gonna enjoy this one as well. The English subtitles are nearly spot on so if you're not a native speaker you will have no problem following along. Don't let the idea of it being in a language other than English deter you from watching. Highly recommend this one and it's well worth the money!
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FiickerReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must See for every German-American
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Every German-American Family should watch this, I feel. I loved it and while this mini series is in German (Duh!); it is subtitled in English.
It deals honestly with young people in the old country caught up in the times of the Third Reich. Sadly, much hatred festers here in the US as well. In the closing scenes we see some of the true perpetrators of the hate. A warning though. This film deals honestly war and counter guerrilla warfare.
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MartinReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely stunning
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There are not many World War II movies made from the German side but fortunately, those rare ones you can find out there were perfect so far. This one is a pearl among them. I wish there were more movies like this.
michaelReviewed in the United States on February 23, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
best ww2 film ever
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Best ww2 film I've ever seen it really shows the viewer what war is horrible and causes suffering for everyone involved not every German during ww2 was a fanatical murdering Nazi it really opens your eys that the German people were victims of Hitler just as the rest of the world was my favorite ww2 film along with band of brothers defiance and a bridge too far
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crgReviewed in the United States on April 16, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
liked it a lot. .. as long as you are not too far right or too far left...
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in line with reviews....a good story told from an interestng perspective. not too preachy... not to soft on the hard parts of the war. If you are an extremist on either side, you may not be happy but if you are looking for a middle of the road story on how it probably was for a great majority of hte german people. .. this is pretty good..
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