The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
"Der Baader Meinhof Komplex" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Biography, Crime  |  25 September 2008 (Germany)
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A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Carl Raspe (as Niels Bruno Schmidt)
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Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. Written by Constantin Film

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The children of the Nazi generation vowed fascism would never rule their world again.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, sexual content, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 September 2008 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Baader Meinhof Complex  »

Box Office


€20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£108,791 (UK) (14 November 2008)


$476,270 (USA) (4 December 2009)

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Did You Know?


Hannah Herzsprung's mother Barbara Herzsprung was roommates with the real Susanne Albrecht at a boarding school when they were teens. Albrecht is portrayed by Hannah in this movie. See more »


The German Border Police used in 1972 the helicopter type Bell Uh-1D (as shown in the movie and the documentary footage). But the scene of the explosion shows a Bell 222 (known also from "Air-Wolf). The first flight of a Bell "Tripple Two" was August 13, 1976; the production started in 1978. Further the Bell 222 has a landing gear and two engines, the Bell UH-1D a landing skid and one engine. See more »


Brigitte Mohnhaupt: Stop seeing them the way they weren't.
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Mixed emotions
29 September 2008 | by (Trier, Germany) – See all my reviews

The movie of Edel and Eichinger is fine when it comes to sets and costumes. It seems to catch the mood of the late Sixties and Seventies very well. Also the lead actors Bleibtreu, Wokalek and Gedeck have delivered outstanding performances. Too bad, that they don't get a chance to really explore their characters: Too much else is going on in this movie, that completely loses its focus during the last hour. The closer we get to the end, the more it resembles a documentary with a few scenes of play cut in now and then.

The viewer is presented with a lot of facts - and violence - but the movie fails in decoding the often cited "myth" of the RAF. For example, I've always wondered, whether Baader was just a criminal or really politically motivated. Well, in the first half of the movie, Baader is portrayed as an outlaw, who enjoys provocation and fast cars. Later he delivers sophisticated political statements. A good movie should at least try to explain this development. DER BAADER MEINHOF KOMPLEX doesn't.

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