A man leads a bizarre double life, and the pressure of keeping his two identities going puts him under severe pressure. Eventually he has to make a decision.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dieter Borsche ...
Carl Wery ...
Medizinalrat Dr. Bosch
Paul Bildt ...
Dr. Riebold
Famulus Huber
Ulrich Bettac ...
Friedrich Domin ...
Dr. Frank, Verteidiger
Heinrich Gretler ...
Bürgermeister Max Händel
Heini Göbel ...
Dr. Schnetz (as Heinz Göbel)
Harald Holberg ...
Alexander Rochwald
Bruno Hübner ...
Professor Dr. Nanken
Professor Dr. Gandolphi
Rudolf Reiff ...
Generaldirektor Witt (as Rudolf Reif)
Ado Riegler ...
Dr. Köberl


Richard works as a respected surgeon in a hospital, but unbeknownst to all, he has never finished medical school and is without any qualifications. His skills in the surgical department he acquired as a POW in a Russian camp, where he used to work as a paramedic. His job in the hospital he got through the help of a grateful patient whose life he saved by performing a difficult operation, but under the condition that he must finish his studies and officially qualify. So, Richard lives a bizarre double life: as the successful surgeon he works in the hospital and has a romance with the daughter of wealthy parents, and at the same time he is a student at the university, dating one of his fellow students. When the pressure of all this gets too much for him, he makes a brave decision.

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Release Date:

18 December 1952 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Grande Tentação  »

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1.37 : 1
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All's well that ends well
20 July 2004 | by (Hannover) – See all my reviews

'Die Grosse Versuchung' became a box-office howitzer because of the immediate popularity of Dieter Borsche and Ruth Leuwerik had triggered of in the surprise hit 'Vater braucht eine Frau' some month earlier. Topping all popularity polls as 1953 dawned, they matched the box-office magnetism of Germany's established Dream Lovers Maria Schell and O.W. Fischer.

The film itself was far from a classic. You either resisted the romantic melodrama of the not-too-exciting story, in which case you wasted your time and money, or you sat back and let it lush extravagance wash over you. The whole production was filmed with comparable style and magnificence and even if you were aware of being manipulated by scenario contrivances, you sat goggled-eyed, wondering what would happen next to lovely Ruth Leuwerik, who looked a treat in tailor-made costumes.

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