A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Courage, communication, teamwork, perseverance, and friendship are prominent themes that are all put to the test. Doing what's right even if it puts you at odds with the majority. Having the confidence to speak up for what you believe in. Recognizing your mistakes and making amends. Sacrificing your own reputation for the greater good.
Positive Role Models
Hugh Legat is smart and committed to his job. This seemingly comes at the expense of his home life, with is wife accusing him of neglecting his family and being disappointed by his life. He shows courage both in terms of voicing his concerns to senior members of the British Government and in the passing of secret documents. Likewise, Legat's university friend, Paul Hartman, bravely puts himself in serious danger in his efforts to stop Hitler -- this is despite the fact that he was once a supporter. Although determined to avoid the outbreak of war, Prime Minster Neville Chamberlain is at first portrayed as being naive to the evils of Hitler. But as the story develops, his approach becomes more sympathetic and understandable.
The main characters are all White males, but there is some diversity in the supporting cast. Although the women characters are given little to do -- one in particular is restricted to the role of mother and housewife -- one shows great foresight and helps save the day. The numerous German roles are played by German-speaking actors.
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Violence & Scariness
Constant reference to a possible outbreak of war. A young child is seen wearing a gas mask. A wife shoves her husband twice during an argument. A heated discussion in a bar sees raised voices, fists hitting tables, and cursing, before one character storms out. A character is a given a gun with the intention of assassinating someone. They refer to the fact that they used to shoot rabbits as a kid. Jewish civilians are forced to "scrub" the streets while anti-semitic comments are made toward them. A character is shown to be conscious but unresponsive in a hospital. They are said to have jumped from a window, although it's implied that they were pushed or thrown. It's also revealed that they had the Star of David carved into their back, although this is not shown. A fight between two characters involves punches and kicks, with one receiving a bloody nose and a bang to the head. Reference to World War I and the many casualties suffered during the conflict. Nazi soldiers and members of the Hitler Youth are seen in their uniforms on multiple occasions.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two students drunkenly begin to kiss while their friend playfully mocks them. A married couple embrace and share a brief kiss. Spouse suggests getting a hotel room and spending the afternoon in bed. Two characters are having a secret affair. They are seen kissing with one of them placing their hand on the other's behind. Passing comment about someone looking good in their dress.
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"F---ing" and "f--k you" are each used on one occasion. Also "s--t," "s--tless," "bulls--t," "hell," "damn," "a--hole," "bastard," and "bloody." Some of these words are both spoken in English and German (with English subtitles). "For God's sake" and "Christ" used as exclamations. Anti-Semitic comments are heard and graffiti seen.
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Products & Purchases
A scene takes place at a party at a prestigious English university with numerous bottles of champagne on display.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Continuous smoking -- cigarettes and cigars -- throughout the film. Characters share cigarettes, breathing in the smoke together. Reference to a character hating the smell of smoke. Also much drinking. At a university party, characters are depicted as drunk, with some even passed out on the floor. A couple order some wine with their lunch. Meetings between politicians often include alcohol, usually whiskey. When a character takes a sip of wine at a dinner, another tells them not to drink too much as they have plenty of work to do the following day. During a scene set in a bar, three characters drink beer, shots, and smoke.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Munich: The Edge of War is a tense, gripping historical drama and spy thriller based on a best-selling novel about the events leading up to World War II. It has near-constant smoking and moments of anti-Semitism. The movie is a mix of English and German (with English subtitles). Set predominantly in 1938, two university friends, Hugh Legat (George MacKay) and Paul Hartman (Jannis Niewöhner), come into possession of a document that proves that Hitler is not to be trusted. The two friends -- one English and one German -- show great courage as they put themselves at risk in trying to get the document to the British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain (Jeremy Irons). With much of the drama taking place in Nazi Germany, acts of anti-Semitism are depicted. In one scene, Hartman tells Legat that their mutual friend, who is Jewish, had the Star of David carved into her back. Characters smoke throughout -- Chamberlain is rarely seen without a cigar -- reflecting the time period. There's also a lot of drinking, including whiskey during important political meetings. However, drunkenness is only depicted once. A fist fight results in a bloody nose for one character. The threat of war is constant and part of the plot centers around an assassination attempt. There are only two uses of the word "f--k," but variants of "s--t," "bloody," and "hell" are frequent. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Based on the novel by Robert Harris, this historical drama takes a look at some of the key events that led up to the start of WWII. Munich: The Edge of War begins in 1932, with three university friends -- one British and two German, one of whom is Jewish -- drunkenly celebrating their friendship at a lavish party. Fast forward six years and their lives are very different, with the world on the cusp of a global conflict. Viewers with an interest in this period of history will be familiar with Chamberlain and Hitler's meeting in Munich. Albeit in this version of events Chamberlain comes across as far more sympathetic than he does in the majority of history books.
Of course the fact that the story is based on real events takes some of the jeopardy and mystery out of proceedings. Much of the movie hinges on the prevention of a war that we all know took place. But director Christian Schwochow, with some dramatic license, still manages to create a tense atmosphere that is more in keeping with a gripping spy story than smoky meetings between politicians and diplomats -- although there's a fair share of those too. The film's pacing at times feels amiss -- perhaps suffering from the transition from book to screen. The scenes with Legat and his wife, Pamela, for example, add little to the story and only highlight how underused Jessica Brown Findlay is in the role. While the fate of Legat and Hartman's university friend Lenya (Liv Lisa Fries) feels rushed. But there's plenty here for those that like their spy thrillers at a slower pace than the likes of James Bond and Jason Bourne.
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