Description: A World War II crime mystery film based on the novel of the same name by German author Hans Hellmut Kirst.
The murder of a prostitute in German-occupied Warsaw in 1942 causes Abwehr Major Grau (Omar Sharif) to start an investigation, as she was also a German agent. His evidence soon points to the killer being one of three German general officers: General von Seydlitz-Gabler (Charles Gray), General Kahlenberg (Donald Pleasence), his chief of staff, and General Tanz (Peter O'Toole), but Grau's investigation is cut short by his summary transfer to Paris at the instigation of these officers.
Many years after the war, the murder of a prostitute in Hamburg in 1965 draws the attention of Interpol Inspector Morand (Philippe Noiret), who owes a debt of gratitude to Grau for not revealing his connection to the French Resistance during the war. Almost certain there is a connection to Grau's case, Morand reopens the cold case and the movie begins to shift between the Europe of the 1960s and the Europe of the 1940s.
Director: Anatole Litvak
Writers: Joseph Kessel (adapted for the screen by), Paul Dehn (adapted for the screen by)
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Tom Courtenay
Tags: top movie, mystery, crime, The Night of the Generals
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