The Night of the Generals

Outraged Nazi general to German major: 'Are you wearing perfume?' 'I occasionally wear a light after-shave, sir.' O'Toole and Sharif utter lines like these with absolutely straight faces in what is ostensibly about the generals' plot to assassinate Hitler. There's also a subplot involving a prostitute murderer (quite obviously O'Toole, since he's nutty as a fruitcake). O'Toole's performance is as over the top as it was in The Ruling Class, but this film (also an analysis of the elite) is far funnier since it takes itself so seriously. Ignore the plot, just revel in the clichés. (From the novel by Hans Helmuth Kirst.) CPe.

Release details

Duration: 147 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Anatole Litvak
Screenwriter: Joseph Kessel, Paul Dehn
Cast: Peter O'Toole
Omar Sharif
Tom Courtenay
Donald Pleasence
Joanna Pettet
Philippe Noiret
Charles Gray
Coral Browne
Harry Andrews
Christopher Plummer
Juliette Gréco
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Susanta  Lahiry

"O"Toole's expression of schizophrenia by overlooking the Van Gogh's self portraits has ranked him the best star of the world,I have seen the movie for twenty times to watch the same scene, the Gen Tans and Gogh had a common mental problem and that was impeccably revealed in the movie, such thing only O Toole can do I am frantically looking for a DVD but it is rarely available .It should be considered as Art movie

Susanta  Lahiry

"O"Toole's expression of schizophrenia by overlooking the Van Gogh's self portraits has ranked him the best star of the world,I have seen the movie for twenty times to watch the same scene, the Gen Tans and Gogh had a common mental problem and that was impeccably revealed in the movie, such thing only O Toole can do I am frantically looking for a DVD but it is rarely available .It should be considered as Art movie

Steve Brook

This film has been described as "highly under-rated". One reason for this might well be the lenient treatment given to former Nazi war criminals after 1945 -- a theme strongly alluded to in the film's conclusion at an ex-Wehrmacht reunion. Not quite politically incorrect, but at the time, certainly awkward.