Reviews by GJBarnett2
Churchill said that the British and the Americans are two peoples separated by a common language. That's certainly true of Scottish and American English. Whether they have the accents, or we do, this film is almost incomprehensible.
This is not, as I had expected it to be, about a British agent in wartime France but rather an interminable biography of a lovely but somewhat directionless woman who was interned there by the Nazis. Not all that interesting for what it was, let alone what it wasn't, and definitely not worth the time to read.
A broken promise. No "new scientific evidence that Hitler escaped Nazi Germany." The only "new" scientific evidence is that a skull fragment with a bullet hole kept in Soviet archives and believed to be Hitler's, was proven through DNA evidence to be from a woman. So this is not scientific evidence that Hitler committed suicide, but it is also not evidence that he didn't. It is just a piece of somebody else's skull with a bullet hole in it. Otherwise just old conspiracy theories: many inconsistent reports of Hitler's death, all of which can't be true (but that doesn't establish that all are false). As for the best-known theory that Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide in the Fuhrerbunker and that their bodies were cremated using gasoline, says the author, witness statements are inconsistent, Stalin, Eisenhower and J. Edgar Hoover all believed Hitler had escaped, and there is no definitive scientific proof that he died in Berlin. But the absence of evidence that Hitler died in Berlin is not evidence that he didn't. Otherwise, the book is just a re-hash of theories that he fled to Argentina by submarine and had plastic surgery during the voyage. (Come now, really? Delicate plastic surgery aboard a U-Boat!) Billions of dollars were sent to South America by the Nazis, there were large flourishing German communities in Argentina where Hitler could have been sheltered., Two U-boats turned-up in Argentina months after the German surrender and the belief is widespread in Argentina that Hitler made his way there Some Nazi war criminals, notably Eichmann, Mengele and Priebke certainly did flee to South America and some may still be alive but there has never been publically revealed any actual evidence that Hitler was among them. Just speculation. The real truth, or course, is that Hitler was the shooter on the Grassy Knoll who actually shot Kennedy. Everybody knows that.
... still some good surprises. Not worth $10 in a theatre but definitely a good rental for a cold winter night in front of a fireplace. Several full scale "laugh out louds."
... of the body of Griffin's work, this volume picks up with the regular characters in the Presidential Agent series but seems to have been written more for laughs than any of his other works. In an afterward, he admits "... this story sounds like M.A.S.H." Often funny, but slow-paced and definitely off his usual mark. Lots of loose ends left for the next volume in this series. If there is one. According to his bio, Griffin enlisted in the Army in 1946 so he's now somewhere in his mid- to late-80's.