Max (I) (2002)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  20 June 2003 (UK)
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A film studying the depiction of a friendship between an art dealer named Rothman and his student, Adolf Hitler.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liselore von Peltz
Nina Rothman
David Horovitch ...
Max's Father
Max's Mother
András Stohl ...
John Grillo ...
Nina's Father
Anna Nygh ...
Nina's Mother
Krisztián Kolovratnik ...
Nina's Brother
David Cohn
János Kulka ...
Mr. Epp
Kata Pálfi ...
Mrs. Epp (as Katalin Pálfy)


Munich, 1918. German-Jew Max Rothman has returned to much of his pre-war life which includes to his wife Nina and their two children, to his mistress Liselore von Peltz, and to his work as an art dealer. He has however not returned to being an aspiring painter as he lost his dominant right arm during the war. He is approached by an aspiring painter, a thirty-year old Austrian war veteran named Adolf Hitler, who wants him to show his works. Although he doesn't think the paintings are all that original and he doesn't really like Hitler as a person, Rothman takes Hitler under his wings if only because of their camaraderie of being war veterans, and knowing that Hitler had nothing and no one to come back to after the war unlike himself. Rothman believes that Hitler has promise if only he can find his original artistic point of view. In part out of need for money, Hitler, on the urging of Captain Karl Mayr, agrees to work for the army as a political spokesman in anti-Semitic propaganda. ... Written by Huggo

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Art + Politics = Power


Drama | War

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 June 2003 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Hoffman  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,157 (USA) (27 December 2002)


$527,019 (USA) (28 February 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


To help get this controversial movie financed, producer/star John Cusack took no salary for acting in the lead role. See more »


The cigarette lighter used by Max is a type that didn't exist until after WWII. See more »


[first lines]
[George Grosz crashes and drunkenly runs stumbling in, looks around at the paintings on display, and begins to vomit]
Max Rothman: George, so glad you like it.
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Referenced in Children of the Setting Suns (2006) See more »

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"Come on Hitler, I'll buy you a lemonade"
12 February 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This movie was fantastic if you are open minded enough to view it with a "what if" attitude. Of course there are plenty of people out there complaining because they cannot separate fiction from reality and entertain the idea of Hitler having taken a different path. However, this movie is worth seeing. Great performances by Cusack(Max Rothman) and Noah Taylor(Adolph Hitler).

Also people always wonder how Hitler could be so influential if he was so whacko and the movie gives a great insight as to how it might have happened.

If for no other reason, the movie is worth seeing just to hear the line "Come on Hitler, I'll buy you a lemonade..."

I never would have guessed I'd hear that line in a million years.

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