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March 1991 (USA) See more »
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When a young woman investigates her town's Nazi past, the community turns against her. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 11 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Labyrinth of Lies’
 (From Variety - Film News. 13 September 2014, 3:46 PM, PDT)

2014 Foreign Language Oscar Breakdown
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Cast

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Lena Stolze ... Sonja
Hans-Reinhard Müller ... Juckenack
Monika Baumgartner ... Sonja's mother
Elisabeth Bertram ... Sonja's grandma
Michael Gahr ... Paul Rosenberger
Robert Giggenbach ... Martin
Fred Stillkrauth ... Sonja's uncle
Barbara Gallauner ... Miss Juckenack
Udo Thomer ... Archivist Schulz
Ludwig Wühr ... Owner of the Swingboat
Christof Wackernagel ... Zöpfel
Richard Süßmeier ... The Mayor
Sandra White ... Iris
Rudolf Klaffenböck ... The judge
Karin Thaler ... Nina
Michel Guillaume ... Robert
Stella Adorf ... Carolin
Cordula Bachl-Eberl ... Gaby (as Cordula Bachl)
Petra Berndt ... Ramona
Gabi Fischer ... Hilde
Luise Deschauer ... The Teacher
Maria Peschek ... The principal
Elisabeth Welz ... English teacher
Georg Einerdinger ... The Priest
Martha Kunig-Rinach ... Frau Guggenwieser
Willy Schultes ... Father Brummel
Gertrud Sorge ... Mrs. Zumtobel
Hans Stadtmüller ... Dr. Kogler
Rudolf Schündler ... The archivist
Helmut Alimonta ... The Door-Keeper
Eva Maria Bayerwaltes ... Secretary
Gery Müller ... Secretary
Axel Scholtz ... The assistant
Michael Schreiner ... Librarian
Beate Anna Wieser ... Librarian
Georg Blädel ... The General
Gerlinde Eger ... Wife of diocese council member
Ottfried Fischer ... The Priest
Irmgard Henning ... The chemist
Hermann Hummel ... Lawyer Roeder
Herbert Lehnert ... Dr. Fasching
Herbert Limmer ... Prof. Stein
Karl Renar ... The dignitary
Norbert Skrovanek ... The Chairman
Joachim Bernhard ... Charly Zumtobel
Alfons Biber ... Lettl
Ossi Eckmüller ... Abtretter
Gerd Lohmeyer ... Verkunder der neuen Zeit
Michael Seyfried ... Eberhard Roeder
Felicite Bodjona
Andrea Budras
Eva Gassmann
Petra Knott
Eva Stapfner
Martina Wörle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kurt Weinzierl ... Priest (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Verhoeven 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Verhoeven 

Produced by
Senta Berger .... producer
Helmut Rasp .... producer: ZDF
Michael Verhoeven .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lydie Auvray 
Billy Gorlt 
Mike Herting 
Elmar Schloter 
 
Cinematography by
Axel de Roche 
 
Film Editing by
Barbara Hennings 
 
Production Design by
Hubert Popp 
 
Costume Design by
Ute Truthmann 
 
Production Management
Hans Roth .... unit manager
Christine Rothe .... unit manager
Michael Senftleben .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brigitte Liphardt .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Michael Adlmüller .... property master: indoor
Karin Gottschalk .... set builder
Ulrich Wendt .... property master: outdoor
 
Sound Department
Milan Bor .... sound mixer
Haymo Heyder .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Heinz Ludwig .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Theo Nischwitz .... optical effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Otto Kirchhoff .... still photographer
Randolf Scherraus .... assistant camera
Herbert Schmidt .... lighting technician
Hans Weikert .... lighting technician
Dietmar Zander .... lighting designer
 
Editorial Department
Daniela Paeper .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Winfried Demuss .... production assistant (as Winfried Demuß)
Johanna Kohtz .... production accountant
Christine Ruppert .... script editor
 

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Also Known As:
"Das schreckliche Mädchen" - West Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
Argentina:94 min | Germany:92 min | Sweden:94 min | USA:92 min
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Color:
Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 (DVD rating) | UK:PG (original rating) | USA:PG-13 | West Germany:12 (w)
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Germany's official submission to the 1991's Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category.See more »
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Local Doctor:If I'd known you'd be famous, I'd have preserved your appendix in alcohol.See more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyed the very different approach to tough topic, 17 February 2001
Author: bill dawson from Vienna, Austria

At points this film feels almost comic, but never loses its focus on the important topic of Germans either coming to grips with the past or covering it up. Some modernist filming techniques seem to remind the viewer that the film is very much set in the time of its production (1990, though the story begins in the 1970s) rather than in the distant, black-and-white days of the past that is its most important subject. It's like Verhoeven is saying "the cover-up is NOW."

It is my understanding that the story is based on the experiences of an actual German woman. That being the case, Verhoeven could have written a serious biographical film about this woman's experiences as she struggled to investigate the truth of her town's activities during the Nazi regime. This was the method used in his portrayal of the Scholl siblings in Die Weisse Rose. But I can see reasons for his different approach with this film. The topic of Die Weisse Rose is so heavy for obvious reasons, and there is very little modern controversy over considering them heroes. But as the topic of Das schreckliche Maedchen remains controversial and, for many Germans, difficult to discuss, the somewhat light-hearted approach that Verhoeven takes may open doors for more viewers and more discussion. And again I repeat that the approach does not diminish the topic's importance. He strikes a nice balance.

On another note, this film is also a very good portrayal about a modern woman's struggle to be independent in her work while having a large family. I'm not surprised to see that the positive voting here at IMDB is most prevalent among women in their twenties and thirties.

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