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Anatomy (2000)
"Anatomie" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  3 February 2000 (Germany)
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Medical student Paula Henning wins a place at an exclusive Heidelberg medical school. When the body of a young man she met on the train turns up on her dissection table, she begins to ... See full summary »

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Hein
Anna Loos ...
Gretchen
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Caspar
Holger Speckhahn ...
Phil
Traugott Buhre ...
Prof. Grombek
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Ludwig (as Oliver K. Wnuk)
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David
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Franz
Antonia Cäcilia Holfelder ...
Gabi
Rüdiger Vogler ...
Dr. Henning
Barbara M. Ahren ...
Frau Henning (as Barbara-Magdalena Ahren)
Werner Dissel ...
Paulas Großvater
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Thomas Meinhardt ...
Professor in München
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Medical student Paula Henning wins a place at an exclusive Heidelberg medical school. When the body of a young man she met on the train turns up on her dissection table, she begins to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, and uncovers a gruesome conspiracy perpetrated by an Antihippocratic secret society operating within the school. Written by Alexander Lum

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Die einen studieren. Die anderen werden studiert. (Some study. Some are studied.) See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for terror violence/gore, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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3 February 2000 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Anatomia  »

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Budget:

DEM 8,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,725 (USA) (8 September 2000)

Gross:

$5,725 (USA) (8 September 2000)
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In the scene where Hein (Benno Fürmann) tries to hide the corpse of Phil (Holger Speckhahn) there are two assistants appearing. The dark-haired one, who is constantly cursing (Martin Pölcher) actually is now (2006) assistant medical director at the Institute for Gynecology at the University of Bonn, Germany. See more »

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When Paula goes to the police to report the AAA, she cannot provide David's last name. Right in the previous scene with Hein at the library, he mentions that "she should stop investigating the death of her friend, David Rolof". See more »

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Prof. Grombek: [first words - as med student works over cadaver bare-handed] Gloves Kaminski, gloves. The lady's a study aid, not Sharon Stone.
student hecklers: Yeah, Kaminski instincts are very basic... They're more fun when they're alive.
Prof. Grombek: Alright, pipe down. That's enough for this group. Ever seen a drowning victim? Tomorrow's putrefaction day.
Paula Henning: Uh, professor? There seems to be some kind of anomaly in the pelvic region.
Prof. Grombek: A penis per chance? It's not an anomaly, it's that little boys are created differently than little girls. ...
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Intense, enjoyable thriller IF VIEWED IN ORIGINAL GERMAN LANGUAGE!
3 October 2001 | by (Palm Desert, California) – See all my reviews

I was very curious about Anatomy (aka Anatomie) and if I was going to see it, I was going to have to buy it since no video stores in my area carried the film. Since it was not a low-priced DVD, I did take a chance and thought I'd take a peek at other comments on IMDb. Many of the comments didn't give me enough hope of forking out lots of bucks for a film I had never seen nor had any clues about. I basically got the idea it was a sexy youth-oriented romp being compared to many cookie-cutter teen thrillers. Well, something in the back of my mind told me to ignore those types of comments and buy it! I did, and was I pleasantly surprised!

If it is going to be compared to any other films, I would say it's a variation of Coma and Extreme Measures. I couldn't see any comparison to films like Scream, Urban Legends, et al. Yes, the cast is young (that's because they're med students! At least they aren't the increasingly boring high school type characters), and yes, some are lusty (basically the character played by Anna Loos is, and it is handled quite tastefully in the German language version), but Anatomy is well constructed, there is a tense mood throughout, the sets are amazing, the makeup effects are a wow, and Franka Potente is very credible in her role. I found myself enjoying all of it despite a few gaping holes in the plot! The story of a student discovering a sort-of secret society doing autopsies on still-living patients is a rather creepy scenario and what happens to those patients afterwards is quite clever. Sure, you could ask why didn't she just GET OUT OF THAT TOWN? Okay, but then the film would be over within a half hour.

This was the first effort from the German part of Columbia Pictures, and it's actually quite an impressive one. There was a bit of care in the production and to actually offer some genuine thrills is an accomplishment. It is a bit mature in mind, as it doesn't resort to constant opportunities for sexual encounters(a breast fest) or juvenile drug jokes. Anna Loos' character, while often making sexual remarks and looking for some fun, was actually a nice touch--having a character that was a woman more intelligent than any of the men in the school. She found that sex was really just a distraction for her and the men rather lacking.

THE IMPORTANT STUFF: Watching this film in the original German language with English or French subtitles is the BEST way to enjoy it. I saw the theatrical trailers dubbed in English and was disgusted by the change it made in the film's tone. I have never seen a properly dubbed film in my life--they never can find voices that suit the film's actors or characters. Sure enough, I tried to watch some of Anatomy dubbed in English and the intelligence level of it dropped severely, making it seem more like a comedy. A good example is when one guy was freaked out at being cut open and screamed to be sewn back up--hearing it in German he sounded frantic, but dubbed in English he sounded like a comedian. Frankly, I'm sick of hearing people say they can't handle reading subtitles or watch a "letterboxed" film. Anatomy comes off as silly with dubbed voices that seem octaves too high for any of the people you see in the film, and Anna Loos' sexual comments then just sound like awful remarks right out of Fast Times At Ridgemont High. I wonder if the negative comments about Anatomy are from people who watched it dubbed, it just doesn't seem like the same film at all! This is not a cheap horror film and deserves to be viewed as it was created. Interesting to note that some of the English subtitles are different in scenes in the feature and the "making of" supplement.

As it turns out, I gambled and won with Anatomy. It's a competent thriller with likeable characters and doesn't try to go for cheap thrills.


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