In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazis judged for war crimes.
Judgment at Nuremberg” is a 1961 American courtroom drama film directed by Stanley Kramer, starring Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, and Marlene Dietrich. The film deals with the trial of four German judges and prosecutors accused of war crimes committed during the Nazi regime.
The film is set in 1948, and Judge Dan Haywood (Spencer Tracy) is sent to Germany to preside over a trial of four judges accused of crimes against humanity. The judges are accused of implementing and enforcing the laws that led to the persecution and murder of Jews and other minority groups.
As the trial progresses, the defendants argue that they were simply following orders and that they were not aware of the atrocities being committed. However, the prosecution argues that the judges were aware of what was happening and that they should be held accountable for their actions.
The film explores the themes of responsibility, justice, and the rule of law. It highlights the importance of individual conscience and the dangers of blindly following orders. The film was critically acclaimed and won several awards, including two Academy Awards for Best Actor (Maximilian Schell) and Best Adapted Screenplay.