The Nasty Girl (1990)
"Das schreckliche Mädchen" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, History  |  March 1991 (USA)
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When a young woman investigates her town's Nazi past, the community turns against her.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lena Stolze ...
Hans-Reinhard Müller ...
Monika Baumgartner ...
Sonja's mother
Elisabeth Bertram ...
Sonja's grandma
Michael Gahr ...
Paul Rosenberger
Robert Giggenbach ...
Fred Stillkrauth ...
Sonja's uncle
Barbara Gallauner ...
Miss Juckenack
Udo Thomer ...
Archivist Schulz
Ludwig Wühr ...
Owner of the Swingboat
Christof Wackernagel ...
Richard Süßmeier ...
The Mayor
Sandra White ...
Rudolf Klaffenböck ...
The judge
Karin Thaler ...


Sonya is a German high school student who decides to write an essay about her town's history during the Third Reich and its resistance to it. To her dismay, and more so the town's, she uncovers instead definite collaboration during the period. As she digs deeper, she must struggle against the town's vocal and violent opposition to her search for the truth. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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March 1991 (USA)  »

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$2,281,569 (USA)

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Germany's official submission to the 1991's Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »


Local Doctor: If I'd known you'd be famous, I'd have preserved your appendix in alcohol.
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Referenced in Das Mädchen und die Stadt oder: Wie es wirklich war (1990) See more »

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Dark vision of social blindness
9 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The thrust of the movie, as I saw it, was the propensity of a society, any society, to conveniently 'forget' the details of its involvement with nefarious deeds carried out in its name. Much as the vast majority of American westerns tend to gloss over the true level of barbarism we so-called civilized members of society visited upon the 'heathen' Indians, the German town in question conveniently 'forgot' its level of involvement with the atrocities of the Nazi regime. Mädchen's true 'sin' was of revisiting the Nazi era and detailing the involvement of many of the town's leading lights with that regime and its atrocities.

In toto, this film asks disturbing questions about society (any society) and its willingness to justify or simply forget 'inconvenient' truths and realities.

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