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The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (original title)
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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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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.


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

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25 September 2008 (Germany)  »

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€20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£108,791 (UK) (14 November 2008)

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

Nadja Uhl, who plays the RAF terrorist Brigitte Mohnhaupt, also played the part of the stewardess Gabriele Dillmann in the 2008 production Mogadischu (2008). Dillmann was a crew member of the Lufthansa plane 'Landshut' which was hijacked to force the German government to release RAF terrorists from prison in 1977. See more »

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When Petra Schelm and Gerhard Mueller abandon their BMW 2002 on a bridge while being chased the police, the 2002 used featured rectangular taillights, indicating the car was 1973-1976 model (the earlier models had round taillights). But the event took place in the middle of 1971 (immediately after the scene a TV shows an original news program about the event; it shows the correct BMW 2002 with the round tail lights). See more »

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Ulrike Meinhof: If you throw a stone, it's a crime. If a thousand stones are thrown, that's political. If you set fire to a car it's a crime; if a hundred cars are set on fire that's political.
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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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