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Judgment at Nuremberg

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Judgment at Nuremberg is a 1961 film which gives a fictionalized account of the post-World War II Nuremberg Trials. It stars Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich, Maximilian Schell, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, Werner Klemperer and William Shatner.

The movie was written by Abby Mann and directed by Stanley Kramer.

The film does not depict the trial of the military and political leaders of Nazi Germany who were held responsible for the crimes against humanity committed during World War II or the Holocaust as a whole: rather, the trial shown in the film concerns the trial of certain judges who carried out the laws promulgated by the Nazi state. Such a trial did actually take place: the film was inspired by the Judges' Trial before the U.S. Nuremberg Military Tribunal in 1947.

It won the Academy Award for Best Actor (Maximilan Schell) and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Spencer Tracy), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Montgomery Clift), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Judy Garland), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Costume Design, Black-and-White, Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Picture.

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