The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle

American television series
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The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle is an American dystopian alternate history television series created for streaming service Prime Video, depicting a parallel universe where the Axis powers of Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan rule the world after their victory in World War II. It was created by Frank Spotnitz and is produced by Amazon Studios, Scott Free Productions, Headline Pictures, Electric Shepherd Productions, and Big Light Productions. The series is based on Philip K. Dick's 1962 novel of the same name.

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"Edelweiss", performed by Jeanette Olsson
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United States
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  • English
  • German
  • Japanese
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4
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James Hawkinson
Gonzalo Amat
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Kathrynn Himoff
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45–70 minutes
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Original release
January 15, 2015 (2015-01-15)
November 15, 2019 (2019-11-15)
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Joe Blake: [noticing ashes falling like snowflakes] What is that? Nazi Police Officer: Oh, that's the hospital. Joe Blake: The hospital? Nazi Police Officer: Yeah, Tuesdays, they burn cripples, the terminally ill. Drag on the state.
  • Although the goal of the resistance is to deliver the newsreels to an as-yet-unseen "man in the high castle" in the Neutral Zone, the title has an ironic twist: Hitler, who also seeks and collects the films, is shown to be living in a mountaintop fortress in Austria. Thus, Hitler could also be described as "the man in the high castle".
  • The Paramount Theatre in the opening scene is from Seattle Washington not New York City.
  • John Smith carries the rank of Obergruppenführer ("senior group leader"), while his superior Reinhard Heydrich has the similar-sounding rank of Oberst-Gruppenführer ("supreme group leader" or "colonel group leader"). During WWII, these were the two highest SS commissioned ranks, with Oberst-Gruppenführer reporting directly to the Reichsführer-SS, Heinrich Himmler.
  • Showrunner Frank Spotnitz has said that he has a plan in mind for the series, and knows how it will end. Before writing the season one ending, he got confirmation from Amazon for a second season, so that the show wouldn't end on a cliffhanger if it wasn't going to be renewed. Among the elements that he has promised for the second season is the revelation of what happened to the African-Americans.
  • Hohenwerfen Castle, in Austria, was used for the Führerhauptquartier (Führer Headquarters), Hitler's personal castle and command center. The castle had previously been used as a Nazi stronghold in Where Eagles Dare (1968).

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