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Roses for the Prosecutor (1959)
"Rosen für den Staatsanwalt" (original title)

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April 1945. Because he stole two bars of chocolate, the soldier Rudi is sentenced to death by the court-martial judge Dr. Schramm. Rudi manages to escape from the firing squad at the last ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Martin Held ...
Oberstaatsanwalt Dr. Wilhelm Schramm
Ingrid van Bergen ...
Lissy Flemming
Camilla Spira ...
Hildegard Schramm
Werner Peters ...
Otto Kugler
Wolfgang Wahl ...
Defense Counsel
Paul Hartmann ...
Landgerichtspräsident Diefenbach
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Generalstaatsanwalt
Inge Meysel ...
Erna, Hausmädchen bei Schramms
Werner Finck ...
Haase
Ralf Wolter ...
Hessel
Roland Kaiser ...
Werner Schramm
Henry Lorenzen ...
Graumann, Kellner bei Lissy
Wolfgang Neuss ...
Paul, ein Lastwagenfahrer
Wolfgang Müller ...
Karl, ein Lastwagenfahrer
Walter Giller ...
Rudi Kleinschmidt
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April 1945. Because he stole two bars of chocolate, the soldier Rudi is sentenced to death by the court-martial judge Dr. Schramm. Rudi manages to escape from the firing squad at the last minute, and since the end of the war has been making a meager living as a street peddler. Years later, Dr. Schramm is now a respected public prosecutor. By chance, he runs into Rudi one day on the street. Afraid that Rudi will blow the whistle on him, Dr. Schramm wants to scare him out of town. He has Rudi arrested and bullied by the police. Desperate, Rudi steals two chocolate bars from a store, hoping his old case will be reopened and Dr. Schramm's past brought to light. But Dr. Schramm has Rudi's death sentence removed from his file. During the trial, everything seems to be going just the way Dr. Schramm has planned. But then he loses his nerves and, without fully realizing what he is saying, demands that Rudi be sentenced to death. The trial is stopped, Dr. Schramm resigns and Rudi leaves town to... Written by Anonymous

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Keine Angst vor heißen Eisen

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A comedy with something to say
16 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is a searing critique of West German society in the post-war wirtschaftwunder years. Despite the bright new consumer society of the 1950's the ghosts of the immediate Nazi past just won't go away. Lots of delicious subtleties to look out for: the policeman giving directions to the police station starts to say 'Adolf Hilter Platz' but just stops himself in time and the quotation from the Horst Wesel Lied in the soundtrack when the Prosecutor enters the court building. The comedy mainly stems from the Prosecutor's frantic attempts to suppress any evidence of his Nazi past. Roses for the Prosecuter must have trod on many toes at the time. Definitely worth watching today - like all good satire this is also a very funny film.


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