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Good -- When John Halder's latest novel is enlisted by the Nazi party to push their agenda, his career and social standing instantly advance.
Good -- In 1930s Germany, literature professor John Halder (Mortensen) finds his novel, which advocates compassionate euthanasia, embraced by his political figures and tied to his country's growing sense of nationalism and prosperity.
Good -- Clip: They've made me head of the department
Good -- Clip: Well it's not everyday
Good -- Clip: Look


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Anything that makes people happy can't be bad, can it?
The rise of national socialism in Germany should not be regarded as a conspiracy of madmen. Millions of "good" people found themselves in a society spiralling into terrible chaos. A film about then, which illuminates the terrors of now. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Viggo Has Good Horse Sense
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Interesting film developed on Nazi time with fine performances and good setting See more (42 total) »


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Viggo Mortensen ... Halder

Jason Isaacs ... Maurice

Jodie Whittaker ... Anne

Steven Mackintosh ... Freddie

Mark Strong ... Bouhler

Gemma Jones ... Mother
Anastasia Hille ... Helen
Ruth Gemmell ... Elizabeth
Ralph Riach ... Brunau

Steven Elder ... Eichmann

Kevin Doyle ... Commandant
David de Keyser ... Mandelstam

Guy Henry ... Doctor

Adrian Schiller ... Goebbels

Rick Warden ... Brownshirt

Charlie Condou ... Bekemeier

Tallulah Boote-Bond ... Lotte (as Tallulah Boote Bond)
Ben Segal ... Erich (as Benedict Segal)

Kelly Wenham ... Pretty Secretary

Declan Hannigan ... Handsome Doctor (Movie Studio)

Anna Marie Cseh ... Beautiful Woman (Movie Studio) (as Cseh Annamária)
Paul M. Brennan ... Clerk (as Paul Brennan)

Matt Devere ... SS Motorcycle Officer
Mike Kelly ... Party Guest
Attila Szatmari ... Policeman (as Szatmári Attila)

Peter Linka ... SS Officer (as Péter Linka)
László Görög ... Neighbour (as Görög László)

Directed by
Vicente Amorim 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
C.P. Taylor  stage play
John Wrathall  screenplay

Produced by
Sarah Boote .... producer
Karsten Brünig .... executive producer
Douglas Cummins .... executive producer
Danielle Dajani .... executive producer
Billy Dietrich .... producer
Simon Fawcett .... executive producer
Peter Hampden .... executive producer
Stephen Hays .... executive producer
Jason Isaacs .... executive producer
Zsófia Kende .... co-producer
Kevin Loader .... producer
Dan Lupovitz .... producer
Michel Morales .... co-producer
Brian O'Shea .... executive producer
Julia Jay Pierrepont III .... executive producer
B.J. Rack .... line producer (as BJ Rack)
Miriam Segal .... producer
Kornél Sipos .... co-producer
Mark Brooke .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Simon Lacey 
Cinematography by
Andrew Dunn (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Wilson 
Casting by
Jeanne McCarthy (casting: US)
Laura Scott (casting: UK)
Production Design by
Andrew Laws 
Art Direction by
Adrien Asztalos  (as Adrienn Asztalos)
Andreas Olshausen (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Daniele Drobny 
Costume Design by
Györgyi Szakács 
Makeup Department
Ildikó Aradi .... key hair stylist
Egonné Endrényi .... makeup artist (as Judit Endrényi)
Erzsébet Forgács .... makeup designer
Györgyi Nagy .... makeup artist
Agnes Petrovics .... makeup artist (as Ágnes Petrovics)
Production Management
Éva Kovács .... unit production manager
Kevin Phelan .... head of post-production: Lip Sync Post
Russ Woolnough .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eva Badacsonyi .... third assistant director
Zoltán Bonta .... first assistant director: Hungary
Tamás Heilig .... assistant director production assistant
Jessica Hurles-Laws .... first assistant director (as Jessica Hurles Laws)
Judit Kastner .... assistant director production assistant
Gergö Marton .... additional assistant director (as Gergö; Márton)
Rita Nagy .... second assistant director
Art Department
László Benedek .... dressing props
György Csarnó .... dressing props
Maren Eich .... stand-by property master
László Gara .... dressing props
Róbert Hajde .... set cleaner
Berta Halmos .... assistant to set decorator
István Hatos .... dressing props
Pál Hrepka .... dressing props
Árpád Iványi .... set designer
Csaba Kalotás .... stand-by prop assistant
Sándor Katona .... set decorator buyer: Hungary
Márton Kenczler .... graphic artist
József Kiss .... construction manager
Adrienne Kun .... art department coordinator
József Lakatos .... set cleaner (as Josef Lakatos)
Péter Félix Mátyási .... stand-by prop assistant (as Péter Mátyassy)
Imre Nagy .... set dresser
Péter Nagy .... dressing props
Rhian Nicholas .... stand-by art director
Ede Párniczky .... stand-by prop assistant
Allan Rabelo .... storyboard artist
Béla Schneider .... art department researcher
Tamás Simon .... buyer
László Tibériusz .... stand-by carpenter
Zoltán Tálosi .... art department runner
János Tóth .... set and prop utility man
Fonseca Israel De J. Velázquez .... stand-by painter
Matthew Meadows .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Antonia Bates .... sound effects editor
Robert Brazier .... foley mixer
Paul Cotterell .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Cridlin .... boom operator
Paul Davies .... supervising sound editor
Sean Hannah .... dialogue editor
Sue Harding .... foley artist
Steve Haynes .... adr re-recordist
Katja Hollmann .... mixing producer: Lip Sync Post (as Katja Lazare)
Ian Morgan .... additional dialogue editor
Steve C. Shaw .... assistant adr re-recordist
Steve C. Shaw .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
John Taylor .... sound mixer
Zoltán Tihanyi .... cableman
Rowena Wilkinson .... foley artist
Peter Shaw .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ferenc Gombás .... pyrotechnician
Ferenc Hábetler .... pyrotechnician
Attila Sarkadi .... special effects
Gábor Styevkó .... special effects (as Gábor Styevko)
Péter Szilágyi .... special effects master
Attila Török .... pyrotechnician
Csaba Török .... pyrotechnician
Ferenc Török .... pyrotechnician
Attila Vásári .... pyrotechnician
István Béres Wanek .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Chris Bentley .... digital lab operator: Lip Synch Post
Alberto Buron .... digital lab operator: Lip Sync Post
James Clarke .... digital lab supervisor: Lip Sync Post
Neil Culley .... digital compositor: Lip Sync Post
Stefan Drury .... head of visual effects: Lip Sync Post
Katja Hollmann .... visual effects producer: Lip Sync Post (as Katja Lazare)
Alasdair MacCuish .... head of digital film: Lip Sync Post
Aileen McIntosh .... digital lab operator: Lip Sync Post
Peter McVey .... senior vt operator: Lip Sync Post
Daniel Tomlinson .... digital lab operator: Lip Sync Post
Samantha Tracey .... visual effects coordinator: Lip Sync Post
Rick White .... vt supervisor: Lip Sync Post
Sheila Wickens .... lead compositor: Lip Sync Post
Zoltán Gulyás Kiss .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernó Bacsics .... rigging electrician
Attila Barczay .... second assistant camera: "c" camera
Attila Bogyai .... electrician
Istvan Bolla .... rigging electrician (as Ifj. Bolla István)
Istvan Bolla .... rigging gaffer (as István Bolla)
István Csehy .... electrician
Gyorgy Darvas .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Gellért Drávucz .... central clapper loader
Sándor Fábián .... rigging electrician
Gyuri Garami .... rigging electrician
István Gyura .... grip
Márk Györi .... additional camera operator (as Mark Györy)
Andras Hamori .... best boy grip (as Hámori András)
Dermot Hickey .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Larry D. Horricks .... still photographer
Árpád Horváth .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Horváth Árpád)
Zsolt Hájos .... rigging electrician
Zsolt Jámbor .... rigging electrician
János Kiss .... key grip
Gábor Komora .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Adam Korneth .... video assist operator (as Ádám Kornéth)
Tibor Lénárd .... rigging electrician
'Kis Gromek' László Molnár .... electrician (as László Molnár)
Rodrigo Monte .... additional camera operator
Gábor Nagy .... cableman
János Németh .... grip
Krisztián Paluch .... gaffer
Péter Pozsonyi .... rigging electrician
András Pozsár .... rigging electrician
Kristóf Párdányi .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
György Simon .... electrician
Péter Starnfeld .... rigging electrician
Gabor Szucs .... grip
Gábor Szántó .... generator operator
Zsolt Tichy .... rigging electrician
Dániel Tóth .... electrician
László Tóth .... rigging electrician
István Török .... best boy grip
Gerry Vasbenter .... camera operator
Gerry Vasbenter .... steadicam operator
György Vesztergombi .... additional focus puller (as Vesztergombi György)
István Ösz .... electrician
Casting Department
Éva Bajusz .... extras casting
Cara Beckinsale .... casting assistant
Péter Soós .... casting director: Hungary
Robert Sterne .... casting assistant
Veronika Varjasi .... crowd casting: Open Casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
János Breckl .... wardrobe supervisor
Éva Csiszár .... assistant to costume designer
László Domkó .... dresser
Melinda Domán .... dresser
László Donkó .... wardrobe
Attila Jánosi .... wardrobe assistant
Péter Palotás .... dresser
Ágnes Pleskonits .... dresser (as Ági Pleskovics})
Ági Pleskovics .... dresser
Dénes Pécsi-Szabó .... assistant to costume designer (as Dénes Pécsi Szabó)
Móni Simkó .... dresser (as Mónika Simkó)
Ildi Tóth .... dresser
Gyula Zámbó .... dresser
Veronika Szigeti .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lee Clappison .... digital colorist
Sascha Dhillon .... first assistant editor
Scott Goulding .... assistant colorist
Katja Hollmann .... digital grading producer: Lip Sync Post (as Katja Lazare)
Ádám Halász .... telecine rushes (uncredited)
Music Department
Isobel Griffiths .... musicians contractor
Simon Lacey .... music arranger: Mahler song
Metro Voices .... musicians
Jenny O'Grady .... choir master: Metro Voices
Steve Parr .... music recording engineer
Peter Selwyn .... music consultant: German music
Bruce White .... viola
Transportation Department
Zoltán Antal .... driver
Péter Banda .... driver
Sándor Budai .... driver
István Csendes .... driver: wardrobe
Attila Farkas .... transportation coordinator
Attila Gross .... driver
Zoltán Kulcsár .... driver: production trailer
Töreki Lajos .... driver: wardrobe
László Oberfrank .... driver: art department
Erik Orgován .... driver
József Spáth .... driver: honeywagon
László Szalamonidesz .... driver: Viggo Mortensen
Zoltán Szalay .... action car coordinator (as Zoltán Szalai)
Ágnes Szitovicza .... driver
László Takács .... driver: art department
Miklós Tóth .... driver
Bálint Varga .... driver: wardrobe truck
Other crew
Reka Angyalosy .... assistant accountant
Reka Angyalosy .... production accountant: Hungary
Judit Aranyosi .... cashier
Csaba Benedek .... security
Fraser Bloom .... legal services: Davenport Lyons
Paul M. Brennan .... assistant: Miriam Segal (as Paul Brennan)
Victoria Brooks .... public relations director: Good Films
Markus Brown .... caterer
Tamás Csutak .... accounting services: Abacus Consult
Dennis Davidson .... International publicity consultants (as DDA PR)
Cathy Doubleday .... script supervisor
Stephen Earner .... assistant accountant
Eszter Faludi .... location assistant
Andrea Folger .... accountant: Miromar
Mochele Frankland .... representative: Aramid (as Michele Frankland)
Ferenc Galambos .... caterer
Steve Garner .... travel agent: Mediacom 24/7
Larry Garrison .... unit publicist
Julia Hall .... title designer
Enikó Halász .... accounting services: Hungary, Laurin Entertainment (as Enikó Halasz)
Zsolt Hammerl .... caterer
Boyd Harvey .... insurance broker: Media Insurance Brokers
Renátó Horváth .... assistant location manager
Tara Hull .... assistant: Miriam Segal
Fritz 'Elk' Jabelmann .... controller: Miromar
Andrew Jack .... dialogue coach
Anna Jürges .... assistant: Karsten Brünig, Miromar
Ferenc Kondor .... motor home
András Kopházi .... security (as András Kópházi)
Emöke Krivánszky .... office assistant
Johannes Kunkel .... production assistant: Miromar
Gabriella Kökényesi .... cashier
Wilferam Lange .... accountant: Miromar
Gabor Lettner .... production assistant (as Gábor Lettner)
Diána Lizák .... caterer: Gourmet To U
Ágnes Lángos .... caterer
Kai May .... production attorney: Miromar, Unverzagt Von Have
Norman Merry .... executive producer: Lip Sync Post
Richard Mewis .... script editor
Lynne Montajane .... production accountant
Lajos Nagy .... accounting services: Abacus Consult
Zoltán Nuberger .... security
Katalin Németh .... production accountant: Hungary
Zsolt Pereházi .... security (as Szolt Pereházy)
Dennis Reber .... production assistant: Miromar
Penelope Robinson .... production accountant: prep
Ingrid Roller .... team assistant: Miromar
Tim Saxton .... company accounts: Good Films, Leigh Saxton Green
Heide Schwarze .... assistant: Michel Morales, Miromar
Klaus Schwenk .... accountant: Miromar (as Dr. Klaus Schwenk)
Claire Smith .... representative: Aramid
Yu-Fai Suen .... representative: Aramid
Thomas Szabo .... trainee: Miromar
Richard Szabó .... security (as Richárd Szabó)
Sándor Szabó .... location manager
Zoltán Szabó .... security
Zsolt Tolmer .... stand-in: Viggo Mortensen (as Tolmár Zsolt)
Dimitra Tsingou .... representative: Aramid
Susie Tullett .... international public relations: DDA PR
Jon Turtle .... financier
Dianne Twiddy .... production accountant
Bence Varga .... set production assistant
Virág Varga .... production coordinator
Álmos Varga .... location scout
Howard Watkins .... title designer
Peter Weidinger .... caterer (as Péter Weidinger)
Paula Jack .... dialect coach: adr (uncredited)
Bendegúz Körmöczi .... wrangler animal trainer (uncredited)
Béla Vaszary .... medical coordinator (uncredited)
Alan Brodie .... the producers wish to thank
Christopher Courtney .... the producers wish to thank (as Chris Courtney)
Howard Davis .... the producers wish to thank
Nick Manzi .... the producers wish to thank
Julia Jay Pierrepont III .... the producers wish to thank (as Julia Pierrpomt)
Stuart Rosenthal .... the producers wish to thank
C.P. Taylor .... in memoriam
Elizabeth Taylor .... the producers wish to thank

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The music played at the end by the Jewish prisoners is Gustav Mahler's first symphony, third movement. This movement uses as one of its themes a parody of the popular children song "Frère Jacques", and the whole symphony borrows heavily from one of Mahler's song cycles, Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen. The last song, "Die zwei blauen Augen" (The two blue eyes) can be heard sometimes during the movie, as in the end of the movie shoot and as part of the symphony's movement being played.See more »
Errors in geography: In the scene, when Halder takes a walk with his ex-wife in the cemetery, which is supposed to be in Berlin, Germany, Hungarian names are clearly visible on the gravestones.See more »
The Jews' Song - Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, 4th movementSee more »


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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Interesting film developed on Nazi time with fine performances and good setting, 13 January 2010
Author: ma-cortes

Germany 1933, at the raising Nazi Regime, John Haider (Viggo Mortensen) is a good man, a brilliant professor of literature who has to care his ill mother (Gemma Jones), wife and sons. The professor suffers interruption of some radicals students who burn books in his University's courtyard . He writes a book that defends the euthanasia as method to sure a dignity death to ills. His novel is a upright success in the III Reich hierarchy (Mark Strong, Steven Mckintosh), including Hitler who takes his novel as justifying oneself the dreadful crimes against Jews. The Nazi authorities press and threaten Haider to collaborate with Gestapo and write about legalize euthanasia. Haider is going into the spiral of Nazi savagery. Meanwhile he falls in love with a student (Jodie Whitaker)and his Jewish friend (Jason Isaacs)being besieged by the Nazi pursuers.

This is a splendid drama set on Nazi epoch with thoughtful plot and slick direction .From the sage play by C.P. Taylor, as the producers wish to thanks Royal Shakespeare Company and the original cast and crew of the play. It packs a colorful and appropriate cinematography by Andrew Dunn. Enjoyable musical score by Simon Lacey and including Mahler songs . The flick is well produced by Miriam Segal , as the film is made in memory of his father Ronald Segal whose life's work was dedicated to the betterment of the rights of the others. The motion picture is professionally directed by Austria-Brazilian director Vicente Amorim.

The movie talks about various historic events as happens ¨The night of the broken glass¨ well re-enacted in the film, as the night of November 9, 1938, when terror attacks were made on Jewish synagogues and stores. Two days earlier, Vom Rath, Third Secretary of the German Embassy in Paris , had been assassinated by Grynszpan, a Polish Jew. In retaliation, Himmler (though doesn't appear at the movie is continuously appointed) and Reinhard Heydrich, chief of the SD, ordered the destruction of all Jewish places of worship in Germany and Austria.The assault had been long prepared , the murder provided an opportunity to begin the attack. In fifteen hours 101 synagogues were destroyed by fire and 76 were demolished. Bands of Nazis (one of them is our starring Viggo Mortensen, though unaware) destroyed 7.500 Jewish-owned stores. The pillage and looting went on through the night. Streets were covered with broken glass , hence the name Kristallnacht. Three days later Hermann Goering along with Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbles ( played by Adrian Schiller) called a meeting of the top hierarchy at the Air Ministry to assess the damage done during the night and place responsibility for it. Goebbles proposed that Jews no longer be allowed to use the public parks. It was decided that the Jews would have to pay for the damage they had provoked.

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