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17 October 2002 (Germany) See more »
Andreas Baader starts out as a small-time criminal. In Berlin, he is recruited by a revolutionary cell. They plan to overthrow the state. | Add synopsis »
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
Location Management
Christoph Renger .... location manager
Music Department
Bob Last .... music supervisor
Other crew
Antje Scholz .... set manager assistant

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115 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Bad Baader, 29 December 2006
Author: kasserine from United States

I was at an advantage and disadvantage in watching BAADER. My advantage was that I know relatively little about the Baader-Meinhof Gang or Red Army Faction (RAF). I believe this allowed me to view the film more objectively. As a fictionalized representation of the RAF, I figured I could see how well BAADER worked as a film. My disadvantage was that, well, I know relatively little about the RAF, so would be unable to figure out just how much liberty the filmmakers took with the real events. Ultimately, I'm not sure it mattered that much as BAADER falls rather flat as an accurate representation or inaccurate representation.

I found it hard to feel any real connection to the characters. And, by connection, I mean I didn't feel any great animosity towards the RAF or any sympathy. To feel so dispassionate about a group of revolutionaries/terrorists, is a failing in both the writing and directing.

Andreas Baader, as portrayed in BAADER, is supposed to bring an understanding to what brought these people together under his leadership to commit the acts they committed. However, I don't get any sense of why the other members of the RAF were drawn to him or even to the cause. Unlike some other reviewers, I didn't have a problem with Frank Giering being cast in the role. Giering seems capable and competent, it's the script that lacks dimension.

For most of the film, the characterization of Baader is nothing more then political rants and raves. It's possible that Baader was similar to this in real life, however, in the film it got old quickly. I wanted more insight into who this man was, and if not him, then more insight into the RAF as an organization. We don't get either in BAADER. The film doesn't give us enough insight into Andreas Baader and it never gives us much information about Ulrike Meinhof or the other members.

My impression is that the filmmakers wanted to romanticize the Baader Meinhof gang as a group of sincere idealists. It's brought out that the RAF didn't, at first, want to harm anyone. At least, that is what we hear through one of Andreas Baader's rants. Also, there is an attempt to draw almost a father and son type connection between Kurt Krone who is the federal policeman in charge of capturing Baader and destroying the gang, and Andreas Baader. There is a meeting between the two towards the end of the film and, inexplicably the film shows Krone's sympathy for Baader. Krone, at one point, says that the RAF almost managed to change society. My question is, change it to what, exactly? From watching BAADER, I have no idea, so therefore, one way or the other; I see no sense of urgency to the group and the film, in general. This is unfortunate, since the RAF was a big part of German consciousness during their reign of terror. And I certainly could have done without the fictionalized ending. Andreas Baader dies in a highly romantic way reminiscent of the American film BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID. I have since found out that, Andreas died in a much less dramatic and romantic fashion.

If the film had been centered on Kurt Krone, the more interesting character in my opinion, BAADER would have worked much better. Krone's orchestration of the federal police and his ability to second-guess Baader, was fascinating. Again, I'm unclear how much of his character was fictionalized, but I much preferred the film when it focused on his character.

In the end, BAADER is neither a real life account of the RAF in the 70s nor an engaging fictionalized vision of how Andreas Baader and the group might have operated. If you have any interest in radical groups of this time period, it might be worth a look, keeping in mind the historical inaccuracies, otherwise there's not much to recommend.

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