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Director:
Writers:
Ronald Harwood (play)
Ronald Harwood (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 March 2002 (Germany) See more »
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Plot:
A tale based on the life of Wilhelm Furtwangler, the controversial conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic... See more » | Add synopsis »
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9 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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What side to take? See more (39 total) »

Cast

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Harvey Keitel ... Major Steve Arnold

Stellan Skarsgård ... Dr. Wilhelm Furtwängler

Moritz Bleibtreu ... Lt. David Wills
Birgit Minichmayr ... Emmi Straube

Ulrich Tukur ... Helmut Alfred Rode, 2nd violinist
Oleg Tabakov ... Colonel Dymshitz
Hanns Zischler ... Rudolf Otto Werner, oboist

Armin Rohde ... Schlee, timpanist

R. Lee Ermey ... General Wallace
August Zirner ... Captain Ed Martin
Daniel White ... Sergeant Adams
Thomas Thieme ... Reichsminister

Jed Curtis ... Colonel Green

Garrick Hagon ... Major Richards
Robin Renucci ... Captain Vernay
Markus Heinicke ... Attendant
Aleksandar Tesla ... Projectionist

Jarreth J. Merz ... US Soldier
Holger Schober ... Steve's Driver

Frank Leboeuf ... French Aide
Philip Bowen ... US Aide

Thomas Morris ... British Sergant
Peter Döring ... British Officer
Rinat Shaham ... Jazz Singer
Werner Armeln ... Remer
Matthias Wilke ... Schmidt
Holger Jahn ... Aide 1
Werner Zwosta ... Aide 2
Thomas Rösicke ... Barkeeper 1
Marco Riccardi ... Barkeeper 2
Jourii Babalikachvili ... Russian Aide
Henry Schindler ... U.K. Aide

Chris Martin ... U.S. Soldier
Benno Wirth ... Stallholder
Ron Hermann ... Boy 1
Valentin Tornow ... Boy 2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilhelm Furtwängler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joseph Goebbels ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Heinrich Himmler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
István Szabó ... Passanger on Train (uncredited)

Directed by
István Szabó 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ronald Harwood  play
Ronald Harwood  screenplay

Produced by
Adam Betteridge .... associate producer: Great British Films
Fritz Buttenstedt .... co-executive producer
Michael Cowan .... co-executive producer (as Michael Lionello Cowan)
Udo Happel .... line producer
Michael Hild .... co-producer (as Michael von Wolkenstein)
Jeremy Isaacs .... co-producer
Alex Marshall .... associate producer
Maureen McCabe .... co-producer
Rainer Mockert .... co-producer
Michel Nicolini .... supervising producer
Yves Pasquier .... producer
Jason Piette .... co-executive producer
David Rogers .... co-executive producer
Jacques Rousseau .... co-producer
Rainer Schaper .... co-producer
Gisela Waetzoldt-Hildebrandt .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Lajos Koltai 
 
Film Editing by
Sylvie Landra 
 
Casting by
Gillian Hawser 
Caroline Hutchings 
Heta Mantscheff 
 
Production Design by
Ken Adam 
 
Art Direction by
Anja Müller (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Bernhard Henrich 
 
Costume Design by
Györgyi Szakács 
 
Makeup Department
Wolfgang Böge .... makeup artist
Ann-Kathrin Guballa .... makeup artist
Beatrice Mendelin .... special makeup effects artist
Martina Raschke-Dressler .... makeup artist
Robert Rebele .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Marcus Loges .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claudia Anton .... trainee assistant director
Thorne Mutert .... second assistant director
Aleksandrs Petukhovs .... third assistant director
Ralph Remstedt .... first assistant director
Oliver Schnug .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Philipp A. Barnett .... set decoration assistant (as Philipp Barnett)
Stefan Pepe Baumgärtner .... assistant art director
Pierre Brayard .... assistant art director
André Brüggemann .... stand-by carpenter
Christian Ehlert .... lead set dresser
Axel Eichhorst .... storyboard artist
Sabine Engelberg .... art department coordinator
Eckart Friz .... assistant property master
Dierk Grahlow .... construction supervisor (as Dierck Rüdiger Grahlow)
Thomas Göldner .... set dresser
Axel Kahnt .... property master
Christoph Kettenring .... props
Oliver Korbel .... set dresser
Robert Krüger .... scenic artist
Matthias Kulewatz .... stand-by carpenter
Steffi Kulse .... assistant to construction supervisor
Detlef Michelchen .... stand-by carpenter
Blanka Pietsch .... property assistant
Scott Ritchie .... art department trainee
Christian Röscheisen .... stand-by prop
Christian Schaefer .... assistant set decorator
Udo Scharnowski .... draughtsman
Bea Schiefeling .... property buyer
Dorothea Schiefeling .... property buyer
Bernd Schirach .... stand-by carpenter
Bele Schneider .... property buyer
Gisela Schulze .... draughtsman
Torsten Schwartz .... supervisor plasterer
Constanze Siedenburg .... prop designer
Ralf Stottrop .... stand-by painter
Cindy Schnitter .... plasterer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Philippe Amouroux .... sound re-recording mixer
Jean-Louis Bras .... adr boom operator
Michel Filippi .... adr editor (as Michel Fillipi)
Jean Goudier .... supervising sound editor
Jean-Francois Hammel .... foley artist assistant
Noemi Hampel .... cable woman
Cyril Holtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Denis Jaillet-Marsigny .... sound recordist
Anne Le Campion .... foley recordist
Jérôme Lévy .... foley artist
Olivier Marlangeon .... foley artist assistant
Gilles Missir .... adr sound engineer
Bridget O'Driscoll .... dialogue editor
John Pitt .... boom operator
Brian Simmons .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Michael Apling .... special effects technician
Alain Carsoux .... head of special effects
Lars Hintze .... special effects technician
Thorsten Hintze .... special effects technician
Tommy Opatz .... special effects makeup: supply
Edouard Valton .... special effects producer
Bernd Wildau .... senior special effects technician
Adolf Wojtinek .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Christophe Belena .... digital transfers
Thorsten Binte .... visual effects supervisor
Coralie Boulay .... digital transfer editor
Séverine De Wever .... production coordinator
François Dupuy .... digital transfers
Vincent Frei .... rotoscope artist
Olivier Gadal .... rotoscope artist
Yann Gonsard .... rotoscope artist
Rip Hampton O'Neil .... technical director: Duboi
Michael Hosenfeld .... digital effects project manager
Abdel Ali Kassou .... digital transfers
Aurelie Lajoux .... rotoscope artist
Tina Lin .... digital transfers
Thomas Mulack .... digital effects producer
Nicolas Pelle .... digital transfers
Markus Schneider .... compositing artist
Antoine Simkine .... visual effects executive producer: Duboi
Guillaume Uguet .... digital transfers
 
Stunts
Helmut Baumer .... stunts
Oliver Fritsche .... stunt rigger
Christof Genesis .... stunts
Udo Harnach .... stunt performer
Werner Kaiser .... stunts
Armin Sauer .... stunt coordinator
Bernhard Schirmer .... stunts
Rene Schobes .... stunts (as Rene Schobess)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christian Almesberger .... assistant camera
Daniel Alvermann .... dolly grip
Karl Dillitzer .... gaffer
Sandro Eichler .... grip
Marcell Erdélyi .... camera trainee
Mikesch Groht .... Steadicam operator
Heiko Jörke .... key grip
Daniel Klaucke .... electrician
Carsten Klockow .... grip
Patrick Kloz .... video assistant
Roland Knitter .... electrician
Finn Kohler .... grip
Oliver Ladinser .... electrician
Martin Lippert .... generator operator
Gero Neumann .... clapper loader
Nicole Nullmeyer .... clapper loader
Joseph Gallus Rittenberg .... still photographer
Alexander Schaak .... electrician
Axel Schrepel .... electrician
Rico Schulze .... electrician
Jörg Widmer .... Steadicam operator
Mike Wächter .... best boy
Kevin Foy .... grip (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Siegfried Ostertag .... animator
 
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Karin Beewen .... casting: Babelsberg
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Martina Goldsmith .... extras casting assistant
Petra Lüttschwager .... extras casting assistant
Iris Müller .... extras casting
Tanja Ploetz .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anke Baier .... dresser
Pascale Bourtequoi .... assistant costume designer
Constanze Hagedorn .... wardrobe mistress
Sparka Lee Hall .... costume supervisor
Richard Olaf Zintel .... wardrobe master
Zintel Richard Olaf .... wardrobe master
Judith Stöger .... dresser
 
Editorial Department
Patrick Delamotte .... color timer
Juliette Garcias .... assistant editor
Soline Guyonneau .... first assistant editor
Isabelle Lepicier .... assistant editor (as Isabelle Lépicier)
 
Music Department
Daniel Barenboim .... conductor: new recordings
Wilhelm Furtwängler .... conductor: original recordings
Ulrich Trimborn .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Katja Heissig .... driver
Axel Hübner .... driver: director
Inga Meissner .... transportation coordinator
Grit Menzzer .... driver
 
Other crew
Tobias Asam .... office production assistant
Roman Avianus .... assistant location manager
Melanie Aßmann .... set production assistant
Francesco Belfiore .... assistant: Mr. Keitel
Naomi Buck .... assistant: Mr. Pasquier
Catherine Charlton .... dialogue coach
Claudia Davids .... production accountant
Claire Deloire .... production secretary: France
Yassir Falhi .... stand-in
Klaus Große Darrelmann .... location manager
Boris Hars-Tschachotin .... location scout
Sven Herrmann .... set manager
Michael Hoffmann .... crowd marshall
Julia Jones .... unit publicist
Julia Kainz .... unit publicist
Frank Krug .... set production assistant
Emily Kyriakides .... assistant: Mr. Marshall
Winnie Marcus .... set production assistant
Catherine Michael .... production secretary
Tresi Murphy .... production assistant: France
Axel Möller .... stand-in
Alexander Nanau .... office production assistant
Karl Objartel .... office production assistant
Susann Pataki .... office production assistant
Andreas Pense .... legal counsel: producer
Andreas Pense .... legal services: co-production
Andreas Pense .... legal services: production
Laura Popescu-Zeletin .... location assistant
Gabriella Prekop .... script advisor
Daniel Pruß .... crowd marshall
Annie Quignon-Fleuret .... production accountant: France
Miriam Rönn .... unit publicist
Marco Schenke .... crowd marshall
Nadine Schindowski .... cashier
Zsuzsanna Szászi .... assistant: Mr. Szabó
Caroline Veyssière .... script supervisor
Anja Wedell .... production coordinator
Nicole Zscherny .... set production assistant
Denis O'Sullivan .... assistant: Harvey Keitel (uncredited)
 

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108 min | Germany:142 min (TV version)
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Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Emmi is buying records from the vendor she asks in German the price of the records. The vendor replies five hundred. He should have said "fünf", five in German. Since she is German there is no reason for the English number.See more »
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Edited into Taking Sides Again (2004) (V)See more »
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1ST & 4TH MOVEMENTSSee more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
What side to take?, 10 September 2003
Author: Ellen Schoenberg (Ell-4) from Bay Shore, New York

I originally saw the stage play "Taking Sides" by Ronald Harwood on Broadway several years ago. This production starred Ed Harris as the interrogating officer Steve Arnold. The role of Dr. Wilhelm Furtwangler was played by a British actor who was magnificent and unfortunately I am unable to remember his name. The play was not a great success on Broadway for reasons I cannot explain.The entire drama was cast in the office of Captain Arnold.

I personally thought the play was great and the film even better. The reason being that the film was able to portray scenes of Post-war Nuremburg and some vivid concentration camp scenes. (not for the weak of heart) to make its point. Nevertheless as in the stage production, the most vivid scenes still took place in the office of Captain Arnold between him and Dr. Furtwangler. The film roles being played by Harvey Keitel and Stellan Skarsgård. Was the relationship cruel to a point of excess by Capt. Arnold? How true were Dr. Furtwangler's version of life during the Nazi regime. ---??? I wish I could give an answer even to myself--Therefore, no spoiler is possible.

The film raises disturbing questions about the relationship of arts and politics.

As a conclusion, since this was a film with two intensely powerful actors, I would hope to see one or both up for a well deserved Oscar award.

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