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Franz Kafka (novel)
Harold Pinter (screenplay)
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Release Date:
April 1994 (USA) See more »
Joseph K. awakes one morning, to find two strange men in his room, telling him he has been arrested... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A faithful translation to the screen: fails to give new perspectives to the work though. See more (17 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kyle MacLachlan ... Josef K.

Anthony Hopkins ... The Priest

Jason Robards ... Doctor Huld

Juliet Stevenson ... Fräulein Burstner

Polly Walker ... Leni

Alfred Molina ... Titorelli

David Thewlis ... Franz

Michael Kitchen ... Block

Tony Haygarth ... Willem

Douglas Hodge ... Inspector
Jirí Schwarz ... Babensteiner

David Schneider ... Kullich
Ondrej Vetchý ... Kaminer
Valérie Kaplanová ... Old Woman
Jirí Ded ... Old Man
Jirí Vavricek ... Read Beard

Paul Brooke ... Deputy Bank Manager
Harry Burton ... K's assistant

Roger Lloyd Pack ... Stairman (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)
Oskar Hák ... Verger

Leon Lissek ... Stairman
Catherine Neilson ... Washer Woman

Trevor Peacock ... Examining Magistrate
Václav Jakoubek ... Small Boy

Patrick Godfrey ... Court Usher

Andrew Tiernan ... Berthold
Jirí Schmitzer ... Thin Defendant
Don Henderson ... Flogger
Martin Faltýn ... Clerk (as Martin Faltyn)
Robert Lang ... K's Uncle
Jan Laibl ... Chief Clerk
Linda Rybová ... Titorelli's Girl (as Lynda Rybova)
Sabina Remundová ... Titorelli's Girl
Lucie Bartonova ... Titorelli's Girl
Klára Jandová ... Titorelli's Girl
Nicolle Gavlasova ... Titorelli's Girl
Julie Herrerova ... Titorelli's Girl

John Woodvine ... Herr Deimen
Reniero Compostella ... Signor Rossi
Lena Birková ... Bookstall Woman
Karel Augusta ... Executioner
Petr Drozda ... Executioner
Vladimír Tausinger ... Policeman
Petr Skarke ... Man in the Window
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean Stapleton ... Landlady (uncredited)

Directed by
David Hugh Jones  (as David Jones)
Writing credits
Franz Kafka (novel)

Harold Pinter (screenplay)

Produced by
Reniero Compostella .... executive producer
Kobi Jaeger .... executive producer
Louis Marks .... producer
Carolyn Montagu .... associate producer
Geoffrey Paget .... executive producer: BBC
Mark Shivas .... executive producer
Ann Wingate .... associate producer
Original Music by
Carl Davis 
Cinematography by
Phil Meheux (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Stothart 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
Production Design by
Don Taylor 
Art Direction by
Jim Holloway 
Jirí Matolín 
Costume Design by
Anushia Nieradzik 
Makeup Department
Judith Gill-Dougherty .... assistant makeup artist
Zdenek Klika .... makeup artist
Alena Sedova .... hairdresser (as Alena Sedová)
Deanne Turner .... makeup designer
Production Management
Jan Balzer .... production supervisor
Jarmila Cajová .... assistant production manager
Lubos Cizék .... unit manager
Paul Covington .... unit manager runner
Vaclav Eisenhamer .... production manager (as Václav Eisenhamer)
Dagmar Horevajová .... assistant unit manager
Kate Power .... unit manager
Katerina Schauerová .... assistant production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jan Mensík .... second assistant director
Jirí Ostry .... first assistant director
P.J. Simpson .... assistant director
Jake Wright .... assistant director
Art Department
John Bush .... set dresser
Milan Býcek .... construction manager
Jaroslav Cesal .... prop man
Bohumil Kadlec .... property master
Jan Klima .... prop man (as Jan Klíma)
Roman Makovy .... art stand-by
Vojtech Makovy .... art stand-by
Martin Maly .... first assistant art director
Barry Moll .... construction manager
Petr Prusa .... prop man
Martin Rus .... second assistant art director
Ludek Sprincl .... art stand-by
Jirí Stach .... art stand-by
Martin Tlamicha .... prop man
Sound Department
Lucy Fawcett .... foley artist
Jim Greenhorn .... production sound mixer
Pauline Griffiths .... foley artist
John Hayward .... chief dubbing mixer
Catherine Hodgson .... dubbing editor
Peter Lacey .... adr engineer
Nicolas Le Messurier .... dubbing assistant (as Nic Le Messurier)
Jenny Lee Wright .... foley artist (as Jenny Lee-Wright)
Catherine Macer .... assistant dubbing editor
Zdenek Manych .... sound assistant
Katharine Norbury .... assistant dubbing editor
Christopher Round .... boom operator (as Chris Round)
Helen Whitehead .... dubbing editor
Sandy Buchanan .... post-production sound assistant (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Banks .... clapper loader (as Stephen Banks)
Geoff Brown .... crane operator: Louma crane
Pavel Caslavsky .... gaffer (as Pavel Cáslavsky)
John Curtis .... generator operator
Jasper Fforde .... focus puller
Bob Freeman .... key grip (as Robert Freeman)
Roman Hodek .... grip
Milos Kabela .... grip
Václav Korcik .... assistant gaffer
Simon Mein .... still photographer
Thierry Moraldy .... crane operator: Louma crane
Jirí Nosek .... electrician (as Jiri Nosek)
Ray Potter .... best boy
Terry Potter .... gaffer
Andy Shuttleworth .... Steadicam operator
Jaromir Simek .... electrician
Petr Svoboda .... electrician
Casting Department
Brendan Donnison .... adr casting
Petr Hartl .... casting advisor
John S. Lyons .... casting: U.S.
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lenka Chocová .... wardrobe assistant
Theresa Hughes .... costume assistant
Vera Mirová .... wardrobe mistress
Patricie Soptenková .... wardrobe assistant (as Patricia Soptenková)
Editorial Department
Anna Mejtska .... second assistant editor (as Anna Mejtská)
Location Management
Martin Kuk .... location manager
Jaroslav Pour .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Carl Davis .... conductor
Nic Raine .... orchestrator
John Timperley .... music recording engineer
Transportation Department
Ron Kern .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Pavel Backovsky .... cashier
Marie-Gabrielle Blake .... production secretary
Cecilia Coleshaw .... script supervisor
Sarah Daman .... finance assistant
Miroslav Doleral .... customs
Juraj Durovic .... studio manager
Vera Frantiková .... interpreter (as Vera Frantíková)
Eva Furmanciková .... interpreter
Marie Grochová .... production secretary (as Maria Grochová)
Martina Janouchová .... interpreter
Jan Kalousek .... interpreter
Jirí Kasl .... interpreter
Zora Kounovská .... interpreter
Jiri Kucera .... interpreter (as Jirí Kucera)
Mirek Lux .... interpreter (as Miroslav Lux)
Stanislav Mrázek .... interpreter
Eva Palecková .... production secretary
John Rushton .... production accountant
Miroslav Seliga .... stand-in: Mr. MacLachlan
Jana Vocetková .... production accountant
Joan Washington .... dialogue coach
Nelly Jencíková .... production accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for some sex-related material
120 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A faithful translation to the screen: fails to give new perspectives to the work though., 28 April 2003
Author: Per Klingberg from Sweden

When a novel is to be translated to the silver screen, the director will immediately face a dilemma. How will he approach the translation? Will he try to be as faithful to the original piece of work as possible, avoid to give his own interpretation of the novel, not risking the wrath of devoted readers?

Or will he try to see to what he believes to be the true spirit of the work, and express it in a new way? After all, books and films are different medias and thinking of how much is lost without the author's special language and distinct style - for an example -, shouldn't a director try to make up for that loss by adding something unique for film?

I would go for the latter. Otherwise your filmversion of an essential piece of literary work will be just that: a version of an essential book, not an essential film in itself.

Of course this can cause a lot of controversy, and there's no doubt that some directors have managed to completely ruin an excellent book when trying to make 'their own' version of it. BUT, look for an example at 'A Clockwork Orange'. Burgess intricate play with language and manipulation of the reader - slowly taking him into Alex's world and way of thinking - simply will not be translated into film. So instead Kubrick used the unique opportunities of film and managed to combine the use of audio and vision to stunning effects. Kubrick managed to make something own out of it, no question about it.

And that's what I feel is missing in 'The Trial'. Yes, it is a perfectly well-done job. I couldn't think of a more suitable actor for Josef K than Kyle 'Agent Dale Cooper' MacLachlan: that's EXACTLY the way I envisioned him when reading the novel! Also the settings in Prague provides the movie with beautiful and suitable backgrounds. Though some scenes, for lengths sake, has been cut short it also stays true to the events in the novel and manages to catch some of the atmosphere in the novel.

The movie is carried through very competent, the actors are talented and there's a a nice 'Godfather'-esque grainish color on top of it all. No, this isn't a bad movie. On the contrary!

But why shouldn't I rather read on the novel myself? Because what is really comes down to is this: if a translation from one media to another is to be successful, it can never be just a translation. It has to stand on it's own legs.

And that's where this film fails. We aren't offered any new perspectives or different ideas on Josef K and his torments. Quite simply, it's an enjoyable watch but probably holds appeal mostly to those who don't have the time or interest to read the novel instead.


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