It is Nazi Germany, 1942. The Russian Front has bogged down in snow and mud, and the Americans have entered the war. For the first time, defeat is a possibility. In light of this, fifteen high-ranking members from all areas of the Nazi government – soldiers, economists, administrators and lawyers – are brought together by order of the Fuhrer in a luxurious mansion in Wansee, Berlin. No records of their meeting will be kept, and they will not reveal the substance of their discussion to the outside world. The issue before them is to determine a solution – a final solution – to the Jewish problem. And their solution will lead to one of the most horrific and shameful episodes in human history. —IMDb
A former Time magazine correspondent, Frank Pierson began his screen career as a story editor (and later producer-director) on the popular CBS TV series “Have Gun Will Travel” in the early 1960s. He also wrote for “Studio One”, “Alcoa Goodyear Theater”, “Route 66” and “Naked City” during the so-called ‘Golden Age of Television’.
Pierson’s first feature screenplay as co-writer was for “Cat Ballou” (1965) which earned him an Oscar nomination, and he won the award for his finely observed solo script for Sidney Lumet’s “Dog Day Afternoon” (1975). Other collaborations includes the classic individual-against-the-unjust-prison-system drama, “Cool Hand Luke” (1967, which also netted him an Oscar nod), as well as adaptations of Scott Turow’s bestseller “Presumed Innocent” (1990) and Bobbie Ann Mason’s novel “In Country” (1989).
Pierson made his feature directorial debut with “The Looking Glass War” (1970) and subsequently helmed the 1976 Barbra Streisand-Kris Kristofferson remake… read more