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The Ogre (1996)

Der Unhold (original title)
Frenchman Abel Tiffauges likes children, and wants to protect them against the grown-ups. Falsely suspected as child molester, he's recruited as a soldier in the 2nd World War, but very ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Count von Kaltenborn
Chief Forester
Frau Netta
SS-Officer Raufeisen
Professor Blättchen
Sasha Hanau ...
Luc Florian ...
Prisoner of War
Laurent Spielvogel ...
Prisoner of War
Marc Duret ...
Prisoner of War
Philippe Sturbelle ...
Prisoner of War
Jacques Ciron ...
State Attorney


Frenchman Abel Tiffauges likes children, and wants to protect them against the grown-ups. Falsely suspected as child molester, he's recruited as a soldier in the 2nd World War, but very soon he is taken prisoner of war. After shortly serving in Goerings hunting lodge, he becomes the dogsbody in Kaltenborn Castle, an elite training camp for German boys. Completely happy to take care of these children, he becomes a servant of Nazism, catching boys from the area as supplies for the camp. Written by Frank Wallner <wallnerf@informatik.tu-muenchen.de>

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Release Date:

12 September 1996 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Le roi des aulnes  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,500 (USA) (11 December 1998)


$49,166 (USA) (3 September 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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Prior to the school fire, a caption says "Paris 1925". Upon his arrest as an adult, Abel, through his narration, remembers the fire as having happened "twenty years ago". This would place his adult scenes in 1945, but when he joins the French army after his arrest it is before the German occupation of Paris which would place his arrest in 1940. However, Abel is slow-witted and possibly does not have an accurate sense of time. See more »


Abel: [voiceover] Young boys are so bold and courageous. No living creatures are as noble or as beautiful-- and yet so heartbreakingly awkward. I love nothing like I love the young boys. What a privilege, to gather them all in a castle they can call their own! Mostly they trust me, but sometimes they don't. And then I can feel the part of me that is made of stone. Hard and pitiless, I force them to come with me.
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An interaction between an asocial and the nazism
12 June 1999 | by (Sabadell, Catalonia, EU) – See all my reviews

The movie describes the experiences of Abel on the third Reich. For me the only fault of this movie is its cut with the Goering's court and then the Hitlerjugend school. But the way it pictures each other is well done.

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