Operation Finale (2018)

# 14957 IMDb PG-13 

Operation Finale (2018

taglineAfter World War II, Hitler's deadliest lieutenant escaped.

Director: Chris Weitz

Stars: Ben Kingsley, Oscar Isaac, Mélanie Laurent, Haley Lu Richardson, Greta Scacchi

Biography, Drama, History, Thriller (2h 02min)


Rated 6.5 after 18,132 votes, 58% postive reviews on 20-Feb-19.

1 nomination


A team of secret agents set out to track down the Nazi officer who masterminded the Holocaust.


Chris Weitz (director) Oscar Isaac Ben Kingsley Mélanie Laurent Lior Raz Nick Kroll Michael Aronov

Oscar Isaac (Peter Malkin), Ben Kingsley (Adolph Eichmann), Mélanie Laurent (Hanna Elian), Lior Raz (Isser Harel), Nick Kroll (Rafi Eitan), Michael Aronov (Zvi Aharoni), Ohad Knoller (Ephraim Ilani), Greg Hill (Moshe Tabor), Torben Liebrecht (Yaakov Gat), Michael Benjamin Hernandez (Dani Shalom), Joe Alwyn (Klaus Eichmann), Greta Scacchi (Vera Eichmann), Peter Strauss (Lothar Hermann), Haley Lu Richardson (Sylvia Hermann), Pêpê Rapazote (Carlos Fuldner), Rainer Reiners (Fritz Bauer), Simon Russell Beale (David Ben-Gurion), Rocío Muñoz (Graciela (as Rocio Muñoz)), Rita Pauls (Fruma), Ania Luzarth (Annia), Tatiana Rodriguez (Annie Werner), Ezequiel Campa (Herr Werner), Aitor Miguens (Antonio), Antonia Desplat (Dvora), Eduardo Green (Captain López Rega (as Edward Green)), Patricio Witis (Guelle), Mario Aitel (Old Man), Jano Seitun (Aero Nuevo Manager), Simon Goldzen (Young Boy), Alejandro Pérez (Driver), Tomás Mejía (ATC Man), Nicolás Levin (Money-Changer), Juan Ignacio Pucci (Cyclist), Pablo Flores Maini (Captain Wedeles), Julián Rodríguez Rona (Captain Tohar), Eric Barattini (Security Guard), Iván Steinhardt (Mechanic), Allan Corduner (Gideon Hausner), Ana Schmukler (Switchboard Operator), Sabrina Macchi (Jewish Mother)...

From the same director


Matthew Orton (written by)

Produced by

Fred Berger (producer), Micaela Buye (line producer), Matt Charman (executive producer), Thomas Daley (associate producer), Oscar Isaac (producer), Anne-Lise Jacobsen (Unit Producer: 2nd Unit), Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (producer), Sofia Koremblit (assistant producer), Ron Schmidt (executive producer), Jason Spire (producer)



I remember this event from my childhood. It was the excellent trailer that took me to the opening day today. It is a REALLY outstanding movie. It is so good that when I think back on it, my mind goes ahead and wishfully inserts supreme actor Liev Schreiber into the cast (he wasn't in it, however - D'oh!). It's that kind of good.

The movie is dramatic and intense, the suspense approaches "unbearable" (but not quite). One striking feature is there are no histrionics. No manly men bang tables and shout heroic things. That type of hitting the audience over the head with Drama with a capital "D" is unrealistic anyway - and very corny. Here everyone acts like real people. Life happens in speaking voices. And yet, without the melodrama the tension the suspense keeps getting wound tighter and tighter - just from the natural circumstances of the commandos' mission. That's how the movie could feel so natural, and how we could get into it so deeply and effortlessly.

The plot is unexpected, and even a bit outlandish. It is a true story, though, so one gets the sense of deeper meaning, rather than just some dumb action movie, where the director jacks up the suspense and thrills just to please 14-year-old boys. In fact, there isn't much traditional war movie or thriller style movie action - but it is fast-paced.

I saw Mile 22 last week, and liked it, but that was mere button-pushing and manipulated adrenaline. That has its place. This movie, on the other hand, managed to twist me up into knots of anxiety, even though I KNEW THE ENDING; the outcome is historical fact. Didn't matter - I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

When it was over I felt as if I had a deeper understanding of something fundamental about humans. I had a meaningful experience of humanity. I was thoroughly "entertained" - actually, more like riveted.

Memorable quotes

David Ben-Gurion: Our memory reaches back through recorded history. The book of memory still lies open. And you here now are the hand that holds the pen. If you succeed, for the first time in our history we will judge our executioner. And we will warn off any who wishes to follow his example. If you fail, he escapes justice, perhaps forever. I beg you. Do not fail.

3 total 


Adolf Eichmann was not particularly well-known as a Nazi outside of Germany until his escape from capture after the war. Prior to Eichmann's capture and trial which brought focus to his responsibility in transporting victims to the camps, the man most associated with being "architect of the Final Solution" was Reinhard Heydrich, who was assassinated during the war.

11 total 


1 nomination 
International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)

Other titles

Eichmann ((working title)) • Operation Finale (Spain; USA; World-wide (English title)) • A végső hadművelet (Hungary (Hungarian title)) • Mivtza Finale (Israel (Hebrew title)) • Operation Eichmann - Jakten på rettferdighet (Norway) • Ostateczna operacja (Poland) • Operação Final (Portugal) • Operation Finale - Vânătoarea de nazişti (Romania) • Операция 'Финал' (Russia) • Operation Eichmann (Sweden)



Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content and related violent images, and for some language


Australia:MA15+ / Netherlands:16 / Singapore:M18 / United Kingdom:15 / United States:PG-13


Automatik (as Automatik Entertainment), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)


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