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Judgement in Berlin (1988)
"Judgment in Berlin" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  6 May 1988 (USA)
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American judge in Germany must decide if the hijacking of an East German plane into West Berlin was justified.

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Cast

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Herbert J Stern
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Bernard Hellring
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Judah Best
Jürgen Heinrich ...
Uri Andreyev
Heinz Hoenig ...
Helmut Thiele
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Edwin Palmer
Max Volkert Martens ...
Hans Schuster
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Marsha Stern
Marie Louise Sinclair ...
Kim Becker (as Marie-Louise Sinclair)
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Alan Sherman
Jutta Speidel ...
Sigrid Radke
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Bruno Ristau
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Guenther X
Burt Nelson ...
Colonel Heller
Malgorzata Gebel ...
Beata Levandovska (as Malgoscha Gebel)
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American judge in Germany must decide if the hijacking of an East German plane into West Berlin was justified.

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Only two things stand between him and freedom. The Iron Curtain... and the United States.

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6 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escape to Freedom  »

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$229,556 (USA)
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Sean Penn:  witness at trial. Sean Penn is the son of Leo Penn, who directed this film. See more »

Goofs

The year of the trial is supposed to be around 1973 (date of Sigrid Radke's coerced confession), but the film was shot in contemporary Germany. In a street scene, Gunther X (Sean Penn) walks by a Berlin electronic shop advertising compact disk players (introduced in the early 1980's). Also, Judge Stern refers to the Nurenburg Trials as having occurred "45 years ago", which would refer to the present as around 1990. See more »

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Very enjoyable.
23 May 2001 | by (Melbourne Australia) – See all my reviews

Being a sucker for courtroom dramas, I found this to be a very enjoyable movie. It's legal question marks were interesting to follow, and Martin Sheen's pivotal performance was very good. [I loved this actor from the time I first heard him laugh. It starts right down in his boots and just bubbles over in a very infectious manner.] Sean Penn's role was very small but crucial, and it shows what an incredibly talented actor he is. His use of a German accent was masterful. This isn't a great movie, but I think that most people would find it enjoyable.


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