Down 9,020 this week

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975)
"Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 2,371 users  
Reviews: 18 user | 24 critic

A young woman's life is scrutinized by police and tabloid press after she spends the night with a suspected terrorist.


(novel), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 18 Aug 2011
a list of 30 titles
created 12 Feb 2012
a list of 25 titles
created 20 Mar 2013
a list of 27 titles
created 28 May 2013
a list of 29 titles
created 7 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975)

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum.
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Tin Drum (1979)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Danzig in the 1920s/1930s. Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth he decides at his third birthday not to grow up ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A countess' unrequited love for an army officer leads to disaster.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Matthias Habich, Margarethe von Trotta, Rüdiger Kirschstein
A Free Woman (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Maria Brunner, Wolfgang Bächler, Ute Ellin
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

This is the story of John Glueckstadt, released from the prison he was named after. He tries to find his place in society again. The townpeople provoke him, stalk him and would like to get ... See full summary »

Director: Ulf Miehe
Stars: Dieter Laser, Marie-Christine Barrault, Johannes Schaaf
Rosenstrasse (2003)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After the death of her father, Hannah becomes concerned with the strange behavior of her mother. As her mother's troubled childhood is revealed, Hannah realizes how little she ever knew.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Stars: Katja Riemann, Maria Schrader, Svea Lohde
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Laschen, a German journalist, travels to the city of Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians to produce an essay about the situation. Together with his photographer, he... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Bruno Ganz, Hanna Schygulla, Jean Carmet
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After years of political agitation, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht, and Leo Jogiches form a revolutionary German party, the Spartacists.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Daniel Olbrychski, Otto Sander
Sheer Madness (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Olga and Ruth become friends. Olga is independent, separated from her husband, living with an immigrant pianist, and teaching feminist literature. Ruth is withdrawn, a painter, possibly ... See full summary »

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Angela Winkler, Peter Striebeck
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Three people rob a bank to help a day care center that's in debt. Wolf is captured, Werner identified, police suspect Christa is the third. She and Werner ask Hans, a clergyman, to launder ... See full summary »

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Stars: Tina Engel, Silvia Reize, Katharina Thalbach
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Sisters Maria and Anna live together. Maria is a most proficient executive secretary, encouraging Anna to finish her studies and start a career. Anna broods, threatens to quit university, ... See full summary »

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Stars: Jutta Lampe, Gudrun Gabriel, Jessica Früh
Calm at Sea (2011)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A teenager joins the resistance in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Léo-Paul Salmain, Marc Barbé, Ulrich Matthes
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Germany in Autumn does not have a plot per se; it mixes documentary footage, along with standard movie scenes, to give the audience the mood of Germany during the late 1970s. The movie ... See full summary »

Directors: Alf Brustellin, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and 9 more credits »
Stars: Wolfgang Bächler, Heinz Bennent, Wolf Biermann


Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Winkler ...
Mario Adorf ...
Kommissar Beizmenne
Werner Tötges
Ludwig Götten
Heinz Bennent ...
Dr. Hubert Blorna
Hannelore Hoger ...
Trude Blorna
Rolf Becker ...
Staatsanwalt Hach
Harald Kuhlmann ...
Herbert Fux ...
Regine Lutz ...
Else Woltersheim
Werner Eichhorn ...
Konrad Beiters
Karl Heinz Vosgerau ...
Alois Sträubleder
Angelika Hillebrecht ...
Frau Pletzer
Horatius Häberle ...
Staatsanwalt Dr. Korten (as Horatius Haeberle)
Henry van Lyck ...
'Scheich' Karl


Katharina Blum is a young handsome German maid. She meets Ludwig, and they fall in love at once. They spend the night together. In the morning, the police bursts in her flat, looking for Ludwig : he is a terrorist. But he was no longer here. Katharina is arrested, humiliated, suspected to be a terrorist herself, dragged in the mud by the newspapers... A plea for democracy and individual rights. Written by Yepok

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama


R | See all certifications »




Release Date:

10 October 1975 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum  »

Box Office


SEK 1,513,433 (Sweden)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The crew is visible in the reflection of the glass of a telephone booth See more »

Crazy Credits

The legal disclaimer reads as follows: 'Personen und Handlung sind frei erfunden. Sollten sich bei der Schilderung gewisser journalistischer Praktiken Aehnlichkeiten mit den Praktiken der BILD-Zeitung ergeben haben, so sind diese Aehnlichkeiten weder beabsichtigt noch zufaellig, sondern unvermeidlich.' (Characters and plot are purely fictitious. Similarities with journalistic practices of the newspaper "BILD" are neither intended nor coincidental, but inevitable.) This is a direct quote from the introduction to the original novel by Heinrich Böll. See more »


Version of The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck (1984) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Doesn't quite achieve what it wants to achieve, but has some interesting aspects
29 June 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

In the early 1970s, West Germany was having quite a problem with what was known as the Baader-Meinhof terrorist gang. Author Heinrich Böll wrote an article criticizing what he saw as the German tabloid Bild-Zeitung's fear-mongering tactics in their reporting of the activities of the Baader-Meinhof gang. Subsequently, Böll was called a terrorist sympathizer, and the police began checking him out as if he were a criminal. This provoked Böll into writing a novel, also called The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, which was to serve as a parable for the consequences of "yellow journalism" and fascist-leaning police actions. The subtitle of the book was the over-ambitious "How violence can arise and what it can lead to".

Filmmakers Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta knew and empathized with Böll so they began to put the film into production immediately. I haven't read the novel, so I can't compare the two, but unfortunately the film, at least based on the English language translation, comes nowhere near its goals in terms of political or social commentary.

Here's how the story begins per what we actually see on the screen: a man--he turns out to be Ludwig Götten (Jürgen Prochnow)--who is behaving mysteriously/covertly finds his way to a party. At the party, he hooks up with a swinging trio consisting of an apparent Arab and two women. They then head to another party, where Götten runs into Katharina Blum (Angela Winkler). They stare at each other oddly and dance slowly. The Arab heads off to the bathroom, reports to whoever is listening on the other side of his wire that Götten and Blum are together, and we see Götten and Blum subjected to surveillance as they leave together to go to her apartment. In the morning (I'm not sure why they'd wait until morning), police, including armed men in something like riot gear, storm into Blum's apartment, planning on absconding Götten. But Götten is gone. So they take Blum in for questioning. It seems that Götten is a suspected terrorist and they want to know what Blum's relationship is to him. Blum ends up briefly imprisoned.

At the same time, a local tabloid paper, simply called "The Paper" in the English-language subtitles, at least, begins printing trumped up stories about Blum, occasionally even completely fabricating quotes from interviewees. As in the novel, the gist of the film is supposed to be that the treatment from the police and the newspaper are "ruining Blum's life".

It's certainly true that the police and the journalists shown in the film get a bit out of line. However, their transgressions are relatively minor, especially compared to other filmic depictions of such things. Blum is never strong-armed by the police, for example. Compared to the real world, there are no molestations with broomstick handles here. The journalists do not do anything unusual for tabloid journalists. I can't remember when it started publishing, but The Weekly World News sure fabricates stories a lot stronger than "The Paper" in Katharina Blum does, and it's not as if The National Enquirer, say, hasn't been successfully sued for slander/libel. On the other hand, The National Enquirer hasn't exactly ruined lives, either. That would be quite an exaggeration.

It's not clear why Blum answers the police's line of questioning without objecting more vehemently or alternately refraining from talking and incriminating herself. I'm not sure what Germany's laws are, or were, on that. No one tells us that Blum has to respond to the police in the way that she does, and she certainly doesn't try very hard to do otherwise.

If we look at things from the police's perspective for a moment, Götten is supposedly a terrorist. While we're not shown anything confirming this, we're not shown anything denying it, either. We don't know what kind of evidence the police have on Götten. And here is a woman who is apparently helping him out. So, obviously, they're going to question her, and police will ask you all kinds of questions that you don't have to answer. As shown in the film, it is suggested that Blum is actually lying about the extent of her interactions with Götten. If she just met him, many plot points make little sense. Further, Schlöndorff and von Trotta suggest in subtle ways that Blum's circle of acquaintances might not just be ideological leftists. Given all of this, the police aren't really shown doing anything out of line except asking questions that Blum wouldn't have had to answer.

The Paper gets more out of line, but we're actually only shown a couple incidents where they change words in someone's statement. The idea is that Blum is being tried and convicted in the tabloid. Yet, "tried and convicted in the press" is hyperbole, certainly. Blum remained free. She wasn't proved guilty of anything. The emotional turmoil she experiences (which leads to a much improved climax) seems more a result of her own odd disposition (and the character is quite odd and somewhat volatile in the film) than blamable on stories in the newspaper. The only person who ruins Blum's life is Blum.

If you haven't seen the film yet, it might seem odd that I'm hanging on narrow points so much. You're probably saying, "But what about the plot? Isn't this a good, suspenseful film?" The bulk of the film consists of the police questioning Blum and reporters trying to interview her family, friends and associates (although that takes up a lot less time than the police questioning Blum). This is nothing if not a "talking head" film. It succeeds or not largely based on that talking. There are stretches where the talking is engaging, even if it's not making the point that Schlöndorff and von Trotta want to make. It's a good idea, and could have worked with a better script. But there's not much else to praise, including the technical elements, which are just average.

13 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Just shows.. Cobra12
Discuss The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: