“[It] is the most important American picture of the year. Mr. Kramer throws a cold, revealing light upon international morality…. Garland pours into her moments the same instinctive, sure intensity that characterizes her ballads”
An all-star cast revisits the moral issues and responsibilities that permeated the postwar Nuremberg trials of Nazi government officials. Spencer Tracy is the presiding judge, Maximilian Schell the defense attorney, and Richard Widmark the prosecutor. In their briefer assignments, Marlene Dietrich, Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, and Garland offer shattering performances; the latter two, along with Tracy and Schell, were Oscar-nominated. Schell received the “Best Actor” award, while Abby Mann won for his screenplay.