A drama loosely based on Jean Bernard's Nazi-era prison diary.

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Abbé Henri Kremer
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Bischof Philippe
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Marie Kremer
Germain Wagner ...
Roger Kremer
Jean-Paul Raths ...
Raymond Schmitt
Ivan Jirík ...
Armando Bausch
Karel Hromadka ...
Pater Laurant Koltz
Miroslav Sichmann ...
Pater Marcel Bour
Adolf Filip ...
Professor Klimek (Kraków)
Vladimir Fiser ...
Peter Varga ...
Józef (Polish Inmate) (as Petr Varga)
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Pater Nansen
Zdenek Pechácek ...
Lagerführer
Václav Krátký ...
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In World War II, after a period living hell on earth in the concentration camp of Dachau with other catholic priests, Father Abbé Henri Kremer gets a nine days leave to return to his home town for his mother's funeral. Along this period, the SS Gestapo lieutenant Gebhardt tries to persuade Henri, who was born in silver-spoon and member of an influent Luxembourgian family, to convince the local bishop to give-up resisting to the Germans and write a letter to the Vatican in the name of the Catholic Church of Luxemburg convincing the Pope to support Hitler and the Nazi regime. The ambivalent Henri questions himself and the bishop what he shall do. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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11 November 2004 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

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$5,675 (USA) (3 June 2005)

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$72,888 (USA) (18 November 2005)
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While their fellow-prisoner is being crucified, the priests are singing the hymn "Pange, lingua, gloriosi" by Thomas Aquinas (1264). However, they are singing a German version of this song, which was not in use before 1969. In addition, even if they happened to know a German version, it would be more likely for them to sing the original Latin version, as there were priests from all over Europe imprisoned in this block. See more »

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Soundtracks

Cello Concerto No. 1
Music by Alfred Shnitke
Conducted by Leif Segerstam
Cello: Torleif Thedeen
Performed by D.R. SymfoniOrkestret
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Another Impressive Example of the Powerful German Cinema
1 January 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In World War II, after a period living hell on earth in the concentration camp of Dachau with other catholic priests, Father Abbé Henri Kremer (Ulrich Matthes) gets a nine days leave to return to his home town for his mother's funeral. Along this period, the SS Gestapo lieutenant Gebhardt (August Diehl) tries to persuade Henri, who was born in silver-spoon and member of an influent Luxembourgian family, to convince the local bishop to give-up resisting to the Germans and write a letter to the Vatican in the name of the Catholic Church of Luxemburg convincing the Pope to support Hitler and the Nazi regime. The ambivalent Henri questions himself and the bishop what he shall do.

Based on a true story, "Der Neunte Tag" is an awesome movie and another impressive example of the powerful German cinema, of which I am a great fan. The philosophical duel between the characters of Ulrich Matthes and August Diehl is simply fantastic, with magnificent silence and dialogs. Sometimes, silence associated to the expression of the face is more significant than words. The direction is stunning and very realistic, particularly in the concentration camp; the music score and the cinematography are very beautiful; and the performances are perfect, with the two lead actors deserving nominations to the Oscar. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "9o Dia" ("9th Day")


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