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The title is Adolf Hitler's question to his chief of staff Alfred Jodl on the eve of the liberation of Paris (August 25): the military governor of Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, had been ordered to destroy Paris rather than let it fall undamaged into the hands of the Allies, but von Choltitz disobeyed.The film follows historical events as U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, head of the Allied invasion, refuses to divert troops to liberate Paris. His hand is forced by the French military leader, Philippe Leclerc, and by a Resistance uprising in the city. Von Choltitz keeps details of the uprising from the German high command in an effort to save the city being destroyed in retaliation. The film follows his turmoil as a soldier and as the man who doesn't wish to be seen by history as the cause of a beautiful city's destruction.

  1. Gore Vidal

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  2. René Clément

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  3. Francis Ford Coppola

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  1. Gert Fröbe

    Gert Fröbe

    Von Choltitz

  2. Orson Welles

    Orson Welles

    Konsul Nordling

  3. Jean-Pierre Cassel

    Jean-Pierre Cassel

    Lt. Henri Karcher

  4. Alain Delon

    Alain Delon

    Jacques Chaban-Delmas

  5. Leslie Caron

    Leslie Caron

    Françoise Labé

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Original Title Paris brûle-t-il?

Status Released

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  • November 10, 1966
    PG
    Theatrical

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    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language French

Runtime 2h 55m

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