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Release Date:
17 October 2002 (Germany) See more »
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
German actor Frank Giering dies at 38
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 24 June 2010, 7:00 AM, PDT)

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Can Taylanlar ... Mario (as Chan Taylanlar)
Frank Giering ... Andreas Baader
Laura Tonke ... Gudrun Ensslin
Hinnerk Schönemann ... Victor
Sarah Riedel ... Inga
Angie Ojciec ... Claudia (as Angie Ojciek)
Bastian Trost ... Jan
Sebastian Weberstein ... Erwin
Ludger Blanke ... Polizist
Birge Schade ... Ulrike Meinhof
Wolfgang Riehm ... Tagesschausprecher
Wolfgang Ritter ... Vollzugsbeamter
Ellen Schlootz ... Maria
Andreas Hofer ... Ziebland
Rudi Knauss ... SPD Bezirksvorsitzender
Vadim Glowna ... Kurt Krone
Attila Saygel ... Gudruns Mann
Marion Levi ... Mädchen in Bar

Daniel Krauss ... Diedrich
Oliver Krönke ... Seidlein
Michael Sideris ... Kurt Wagner
Volkert Matzen ... Richter
Axel John Wieder ... Rechtsanwalt
Jesko Fezer ... Rechtsanwalt
Thilo Wermke ... Rechtsanwalt
Martin Rauhaus ... Apotheker
Peter Hausmann ... Carlo Friedrich
Eric P. Caspar ... Innenminister
Thomas Frey ... Kanzleramtsminister
Dieter Wardetzky ... Staatssekretär (as Dieter Wardezky)
Peter Rühring ... Pastor
Bettina Hoppe ... Birgit
Holger Krabel ... Polizist
Anna Böttcher ... Marion
Joachim Trefz ... Institutsleiter
Uwe Steinbruch ... Justizbeamter
Johannes Schmidt ... Justizbeamter
Karl-Günther Garbisch ... Gefängniswärter
Hadj Belhecene ... Achmed
Moritz von Uslar ... Wolf
Hans Richter ... Autovermietung
Michael Günther ... Karl Rossmann

Jana Pallaske ... Karin
Oliver Brod ... Polizist im Zug

Zsolt Bács ... Übersetzer (as Zsolt Bàcs)
John Yamoah ... Afrikanischer Politiker (as John E. Yamoah)
Vera Baranyai ... Lolita
Matti Braun ... Henry
Urs Fabian Winiger ... Tony
Nils Nelleßen ... Streifenpolizist
Kristian Kaiser ... Polizist Fahrzeugkontrolle
Michael Krome ... Polizist Fahrzeugkontrolle
Kaspar Eichel ... Narrator (voice)
Rainer Gerlach ... Narrator (voice)
Norbert Langer ... Narrator (voice)
Bernhard Völger ... Narrator (voice)
Helmut Krauss ... Narrator (voice)
Frank Öttrich ... Narrator (voice)
Iris Schäfer ... Narrator (voice)
Christoph Wiesner ... Narrator (voice)
Pierre-Alain de Garrigues ... Narrator (voice)
Monika Zinnenberg ... Monika (archive footage)
Dieter Geissler ... Frank Murnau (archive footage)

Directed by
Christopher Roth 
Writing credits
Christopher Roth  and
Moritz von Uslar 

Produced by
Mark Egerton .... co-producer
Stephan Fruth .... producer
Mark Gläser .... producer
Christopher Roth .... producer
Cinematography by
Bella Halben 
Jutta Pohlmann 
Film Editing by
Barbara Gies 
Christopher Roth 
Production Design by
Oliver Kroenke 
Tobias Nolte 
Attila Saygel 
Costume Design by
Carmen Stahlhoven 
Makeup Department
Daniel Schröder .... makeup artist
Production Management
Bernd Gedeck .... unit manager
Christoph Renger .... unit manager
Johannes Rexin .... production manager
Oliver Röpke .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barbara Gies .... assistant director
Eckard von Busekist .... assistant director
Sound Department
Johannes Grehl .... sound recordist
Stephan Liepe .... foley recordist
Shide Makkynejad .... sound
Christoph Oertel .... foley recordist
Max Rammler-Rogall .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Stoyke .... boom operator
Kai Tebbel .... supervising sound editor
Corinna Zink .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Belón .... second assistant camera
Teresa Benitez .... video assistant
Leah Striker .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Jonathan Schmidt-Ott .... assistant editor
Music Department
Bob Last .... music supervisor
Other crew
Christoph Renger .... location manager
Antje Scholz .... set manager assistant

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115 min
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Anachronisms: In the scene where the RAF members are filming each other with a Super-8 camera on a roof-top in Paris, the camera model is a Canon 310XL. This camera wasn't introduced until August 1975, but the scene is set in 1969.See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Just not clever enough, 24 October 2006
Author: Oozo from Switzerland

I have to disagree with a lot of comments in here, even though I can understand why it is so easy to get the movie wrong.

Fact is that it mixes fiction with actual facts. Whether or not this is appropriate for a topic as sensitive as this one can be debated, but I think that it is legitimate as such.

I would disagree with the guy writing that the intention of the movie is to create a cult around the personality of Baader - that cult was there long before that movie, and still is nurtured, not only among leftist and teenager-circles.

My impression was rather that the movie tries to reflect a point of view that was not so unlikely in the 70s - the one of a certain hidden admiration for the RAF as a romantic reflection of the "out-law", fighting for freedom. At some point in the movie, there's said that according to a survey, 25% of the people in West Germany had sympathies for the Baader-Meinhof-gang - that is historically correct. I don't want to say that the end justifies the means, and it was soon after the first people were killed by the RAF that sympathies started to vanish. (You also have to know that during the time shown in the movie, there had not been even nearly as many people falling victim to the RAF as shown in the movie. The RAF started to be fairly more unscrupulous and violent in the later years, sometimes referred to as the "2nd or 3rd generation" of the RAF.)

So, I would argue that the movie has a right to exist not as a biopic or a semi-documentary, but as a reflection of a certain (maybe guilty) fascination for a subject that is not one single person's, but some sort of cultural phenomenon.

And here comes the big HOWEVER:

I have to agree with the people arguing that this movie does not offer much to people who are not familiar with the history of the RAF. Not only will it be rather erratic to them at parts, I imagine, but there's also a certain danger to it. If you know the facts, you are able to read the movie as an interpretation of historical events that is as well known as the facts themselves - thus, it becomes a contra-statement. If you do not know those facts or the debate around them, you certainly can get the impression of Andreas Baader as some sort of tragical hero - movie-style. And you certainly can say a lot about the RAF and Baader as a person, but that certainly is far from the truth.

A whole different thing is the fact that the movie has obvious flaws as a movie. The casting is not the smartest one. Frank Giering most of the time rather seems to be try-hard cool than really charismatic - I just don't buy the fact that this guy should be able to lead that many people into illegality. Especially since he doesn't really say many smart thing. Now, I do know that this seems to be true to the historical facts (Baader never was the theorist of the group, and there are a lot of people who would argue that the RAF never was about a theoretical base in the first place), but since Baader is doing pretty much all of the talking and all the other members of the RAF are reduced to mere bystanders, the overall impression is a rather uneven one. I would say that the weak dialogs are one of the biggest flaws of the movie. Plus, the director is sometimes really over-obvious with what he wants us to see, so that especially when it comes to romance (and there is one, because there obviously had to be some sort of Bonny&Clide-theme in it), it sometimes even comes close to cheesy. If it would have been a little more exaggerated, it could have worked for the movie, to make more clear the intentional fictionality of it, but unfortunately, it often looks more like the director's or the actors' incompetence of doing better.

Unfortunately, the movie is by far not as clever as the idea it is based on.

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