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The Man Inside (1990)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  26 October 1990 (USA)
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Gunter Wallraff is a journalist seeking to expose the unethical journalism practiced by The Standard, a very popular and powerful German newspaper. He goes undercover, using forged identity... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gunter Wallraff (as Jurgen Prochnov)
Henry Tobel
Leonard Schroeter
Monique van de Ven ...
Tina Wallraff (as Monique Van De Ven)
Philip Anglim ...
Rolf Gruel
Evans (as Henry Sanders)
James Laurenson ...
Sylvie Granotier ...
Kathy Heller
Rudolph Schick
Karl (as Joseph Sheridan)
Philippe Leroy ...
Borges (as Philippe Leroy Beaulieu)
Christine Murillo ...
Judie Brandt
Florence Pernel ...


Gunter Wallraff is a journalist seeking to expose the unethical journalism practiced by The Standard, a very popular and powerful German newspaper. He goes undercover, using forged identity papers and at great personal risk, to join their staff. Once there, he sees how they don't just report the news, but manufacture it to suit the personal political agenda of the paper's leaders. Written by Tad Dibbern <>

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26 October 1990 (USA)  »

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L'affaire Wallraff  »

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The newspaper featured in this film is in reality the German 'Bild-Zeitung'. The newspapers' founder Axel Springer is played by Manfred Andrae with his character named "Hermes Brauner". See more »


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Crazy Credits

Before the credits there is the following: 'LEAD STORY', Wallraff's expose of 'The Daily Standard', has become a best seller in Germany and throughout Western Europe. The Standard's readership dropped off 17% after the book's release, and the paper has been plagued by student demonstrations and lawsuits from its victims. However, nine million Germans still read it daily. In a subsequent ruling, the court prohibited Wallraff from mentioning any link between 'The Standard' and German State Security. The German League of Industrialists implemented a security program at all its major facilities to guard against future infiltration. Gunter Wallraff is currently working on a new project...somewhere in Germany. See more »

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Neat intellectual thriller of its time
10 July 1999 | by (Southampton, England) – See all my reviews

Based on a true story, this is a small, issue-based film, not earth-shattering, but intriguing in its depiction of a supposedly free media in 1980s West Germany. The thrills are intellectual rather than action-based--the most frightening chase is in a dream sequence, the only violent death takes place in near-darkness and is messy and brutal rather than glamorous.

As a movie, it also offers a few rare gems: an adult relationship with real warmth and sexual chemistry between 40-somethings Jurgen Prochnow and Nathalie Baye; Peter Coyote seducing Prochnow with guns and chess; and the more amusing assertion that all it takes to make Prochnow unrecognizable, even to the mother of his children, is to put in brown contact lenses. And as an added bonus, I think it's the only time we see Jurgen and Dieter Prochnow onscreen together.

One for the indie audience rather than the masses. 7

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