A man's story parallels Hitler's rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim. Bettleheim discovers that Schneider possesses powers of... See full summary »

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Klaus Schneider / Eric Jan Hanussen
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Dr. Bettelheim
Ildikó Bánsági ...
Sister Betty
Walter Schmidinger ...
Propaganda chief
Károly Eperjes ...
Captain Tibor Nowotny
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Valery de la Meer
Colette Pilz-Warren ...
Dagma
Adrianna Biedrzynska ...
Wally
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Count Trantow-Waldbach
Michal Bajor ...
Becker
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Rattinger
Róbert Rátonyi ...
Prof. Gábor
Kalina Jedrusik ...
(as Kalyna Dygat Jydrusik)
Gabriela Kownacka ...
Wife of Propaganda Chief
Ewa Blaszczyk ...
Hennie Stahlová
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A man's story parallels Hitler's rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim. Bettleheim discovers that Schneider possesses powers of empathy and of clairvoyance, such that could aid suicidal patients. After the war, with one friend as his manager and another as his lover, Schneider changes his name to Eric Jan Hanussen and goes to Berlin, as a hypnotist and clairvoyant performing in halls and theaters. He always speaks the truth, which brings him to the attention of powerful Nazis. He predicts their rise (good propaganda for them) and their violence (not so good). He's in pain and at risk. What is Hanussen's future? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Prosecutor: Ah, you are saying you can read people's thoughts.
Klaus Schneider: Yes.
Prosecutor: And you can tell them their future?
Klaus Schneider: Yes.
Prosecutor: May I ask my own future?
Klaus Schneider: You are going to lose this case.
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Terrific film
12 December 1999 | by (Bronx,NY) – See all my reviews

Of the many Brandauer films I have seen, this is the best. He has a truly extraordinary face and he really acts with his expressions.

As usual,Szabo throws in the Hungarian factor even though most of his films occur outside of his home country. And very little Hungarian is spoken. This character Hanussen is based on a true story, but since I don't believe in the supernatural I can't validate what happens in the film as true. Szabo makes consistently interesting films but it seems that all I have seen has been under Communist rule


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