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The Ninth Day (2004)

Der neunte Tag (original title)
A drama loosely based on Jean Bernard's Nazi-era prison diary.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Abbé Henri Kremer
Untersturmführer Gebhardt
Bischof Philippe
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)
Pater Nansen
Zdenek Pechácek ...
Václav Krátký ...


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:

El noveno día  »

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


$72,888 (USA) (18 November 2005)

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Although the film takes place in January 1942, the bishop mentions the deportations of Dutch Jews, which began in July 1942. See more »


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An amazing war movie about religion
14 November 2005 | by (Ljubljana, Slovenia) – See all my reviews

This movie is full of symbols, noticeable and hidden, and takes quite a different step from other WWII movies. A test of will and faith is the lesson that we are given, and I must admit, the whole concept of Judas as the traitor and Luxembourg as the had me confused at moments because above all, "Der Neunte Tag" is a very philosophical movie.

Somebody mentioned the word "propaganda of the Catholic church" in a previous comment-well here's my thoughts on this. When's the last time you celebrated Christmas, had an Ester egg, saw a Pope on TV (not to mention-DIDN'T see any Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Taoist and other important religious figures) or just passed a Catholic church on the way home. We are surrounded by propaganda, and because a monstrous conqueror of the world used it to achieve his objectives almost 70 years ago people make your so called "propaganda" of the 2nd World War as well, right? Don't be so ignorant and offended without a cause my man-it's the Catholic church that started most historical and current wars in the first place.

Now, back onto the tracks. Well written, well acted (I got a chance to ask August Diehl some questions and congratulate him for his role- the 16th Ljubljana Film Festival rocks!!!), and well paced "Der Neunte Tag' is a memorable movie that has something to say and let's you decide everything else.

"It's a philosophical sport, boomerang: you give something and it comes back to you"

9/10 - Recommendations-Anyone seeking a thought provoking movie

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