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Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace (2000)

The story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German clergyman of great distinction, who actively opposed Hitler and the Nazis. His convictions cost him his life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johanna Klante ...
Maria Von Wedemeyer
Manfred Roeder
Tatjana Blacher ...
Christel von Dohnanyi
Sabine Leibholz
Richard Partington ...
Reinhold Niebuhr
Dominique Horwitz ...
Gerhard Leibholz
Justus von Dohnányi ...
Eberhard Bethge
Rosemarie Fendel ...
Ruth von Kleist-Retzow
Captain Ludwig Gehre
Frank Fischer
Dieter Kirchlechner ...
Josef Müller
Christian Doermer ...


A Lutheran church outside of Germany. Those close with the minister, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, advise him not to return to Germany, but a doctor insists that he must due to his religious beliefs. Despite the possibility of persecution by the Nazis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer returns to Germany and preaches of the Jews and against Hitler and his Nazi agenda. Written by BR

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A true story of love, courage and sacrifice.


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Release Date:

24 August 2000 (Germany)  »

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$10,099 (USA) (20 June 2003)


$296,181 (USA) (2 April 2004)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Justus von Dohnányi, who plays Eberhard Bethge, is a great-nephew of the real Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as well as the grandson of Hans von Dohnanyi (portrayed by Ulrich Noethen). See more »


When Bonhoeffer is transported in a truck, along with other prisoners, his glasses disappear and reappear between shots. See more »

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Should be shown to all schoolchildren

In an age where genuine concern for others seems to be conspicuous by its absence this spare yet profoundly moving film gives us a glimpse of a great spirit. Christian or not, it's essential viewing. Theologian Bonhoeffer was a man for all seasons, following the voice of his conscience to the end. The recent release of this film makes one wonder why it took so long to have Bonhoeffers story retold on the screen. He could have escaped from the Nazis but chose to stay with his people, helping wherever he could. Right through the film we find ourselves asking what we would do in the same situation? This story is rich food for thought and discussion.

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