The film is based on the true story of Zishe Breitbart, a Jewish blacksmith's son from Poland who becomes a sensation in Weimar, Berlin, as a mythical strongman. His employer Hanussen dreams of establishing an all-powerful Ministry of the Occult in Hitler's government. Yet as Hitler's hold on power grows more sure, and Berlin erupts in a ferment of anti-Semitism, Zishe must decide how he will use his strength. Plagued by nightmares, he takes counsel from a local rabbi and becomes convinced that he has been chosen by God to warn his people of the grave danger they face. Starring Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee Tim Roth ("Rob Roy," "Pulp Fiction") and Udo Kier ("Blade," "Ace Venture: Pet Detective").
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Ratings and Reviews
Critics Consensus: Sluggish and flawed, this is a minor work in Herzog's career.
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- English (Stereo, Dolby)
- Closed captions refer to subtitles in available languages with the addition of relevant non-dialogue information.