This movie was actually the inspiration for Der Untergang, as many lines and elements from that movie was used for the Original Bunker Scene. Both films take place in the last ten days of Hitler's life, and the rant scenes were based on the account left by Gerhardt Boldt (who was portrayed by actor Kenneth Colley) in the book Hitler's Last Days: An Eye-Witness Account.
In Downfall Universe
Both scenes from both movies can be easily compared to each other.
|Hitler: The Last Ten Days||Downfall|
|Hitler rants, calling everybody traitors, waging to execute high officers like Stalin did.|
|Keitel, Jodl, Krebs, Burgdorf and Goebbels appear.|
|Krebs points on the map.|
|Hitler says "I wish to speak to Krebs, Keitel, Burgdorf, Jodl, and Bormann. The rest of you, leave the room." He also locks the door after the rest leave the room.||Hitler says "Es bleiben im Raum: Keitel, Jodl, Krebs und Burgdorf"|
|Hitler just knocks on the table 5 times, shouting "NOTHING!".||Hitler throws his pencils on the table.|
|Himmler & Speer do not appear, despite their important roles in the Reich's ending.||Himmler and Speer appear.|
- In this movie, Hitler is played by the late Sir Alec Guinness, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars movies. On the other hand, Fegelein is played by Julian Glover, otherwise known for playing General Maximilian Veers from The Empire Strikes Back and Walter Donovan from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. And lastly, Kenneth Colley is best known for playing Admiral Firmus Piett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
- Alec Guinness shares the same star sign as his Downfall counterpart, Bruno Ganz and the real life Adolf Hitler. All three men are Aries.
- The film was noted for its large numbers of historical inaccuracies.
- In this movie, there is a scene where Fegelein gives Hitler a gift on his birthday. This has great potential for future usage in parodies (most notably used in Joster285's parodies, Fegelein the Führer & Fegelein gets captured).
- In this movie, Himmler & Speer are never seen, but are mentioned by name.
- The scene with Hitler's birthday is enterely fictive, as in real life, Hitler had to be heavily sedated simply to make an appearance.
- Alec Guinness always felt that this was the only screen performance he was completely satisfied with.