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The Baader Meinhof Complex -- 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. Based on Stefan Aust's best-selling nonfiction book.

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Director:
Writers:
Bernd Eichinger (screenplay)
Uli Edel (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 September 2008 (Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
The children of the Nazi generation vowed fascism would never rule their world again.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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Little more than a vanity project for Bernd Eichinger See more (106 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Martina Gedeck ... Ulrike Meinhof

Moritz Bleibtreu ... Andreas Baader

Johanna Wokalek ... Gudrun Ensslin

Nadja Uhl ... Brigitte Mohnhaupt

Stipe Erceg ... Holger Meins

Niels-Bruno Schmidt ... Jan Carl Raspe (as Niels Bruno Schmidt)

Vinzenz Kiefer ... Peter-Jürgen Boock
Simon Licht ... Horst Mahler

Alexandra Maria Lara ... Petra Schelm
Daniel Lommatzsch ... Christian Klar

Sebastian Blomberg ... Rudi Dutschke

Heino Ferch ... Horst Herold Assistant

Jan Josef Liefers ... Peter Homann

Hannah Herzsprung ... Susanne Albrecht

Tom Schilling ... Josef Bachmann

Bruno Ganz ... Horst Herold

Hans Werner Meyer ... Klaus-Rainer Röhl (as Hans-Werner Meyer)

Katharina Wackernagel ... Astrid
Anna Thalbach ... Ingrid

Volker Bruch ... Stefan Aust
Jasmin Tabatabai ... Hanne
Thomas Thieme ... Richter Dr. Prinzing
Susanne Bormann ... Peggy
Michael Gwisdek ... Helmut Ensslin - Gudruns Vater
Hubert Mulzer ... Jürgen Ponto
Alexander Held ... Siegfried Buback
Bernd Stegemann ... Hanns Martin Schleyer
Annika Kuhl ... Irmgard
Patrick von Blume ... Herb

Sandra Borgmann ... Sieglinde Hofmann
Michael Schenk ... Anwalt Hagemann
Hannes Wegener ... Willy Peter Stoll
Johannes Suhm ... Thorsten
Christian Schmidt ... Paul
Stephan Möller-Titel ... Thomas Lorenz
Andreas Tobias ... Manfred
Jona Mues ... Pranke
Elisabeth Schwarz ... Ilse Ensslin - Gudruns Mutter
Britta Hammelstein ... Lisa
Christian Blümel ... Siegfried Hausner
Peter Schneider ... Gerhard Müller
Jakob Diehl ... Ulrich
Wolfgang Pregler ... Anstaltsleiter Stammheim
Leopold Hornung
Christian Näthe ... Kommunarde
Hassam Ghancy ... Achmed
Martin Glade ... Benno Ohnesorg
Andreas Schröders
Nina Eichinger ... Telefonistin
Sunnyi Melles ... Fr. Buddenberg
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rainer Reiners ... Polizist
Joachim Schweizer ... Einsatzleiter Berliner Polizei
Ralf Tempel ... (voice)
Michaela Anderle ... Sympathisantin (uncredited)

Joachim Paul Assböck ... Günther Scheicher (uncredited)
Mathias Backhaus ... (uncredited)

Kirsten Block ... Frau Ponto (uncredited)
Marcus Bode ... (uncredited)
Andreas Borcherding ... Kath. Pfarrer (uncredited)
Leonie Brandis ... Friederike Dollinger (uncredited)
Willy Brandt ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ben Braun ... Polizist (uncredited)
Jo Brauner ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hans-Jürgen Brendel ... (uncredited)
Ramzi Chaabane ... Iraner (uncredited)
Sara Ciabattini ... (uncredited)
René Compagnini ... (uncredited)
Joel Cross ... Riot Extra (uncredited)
Eckhard Dilssner ... Horst Bubeck (uncredited)
Empress Farah ... Herself (uncredited)
Frank Engster ... (uncredited)
Marco Fischer ... Hartnäckiger Reporter (uncredited)
Kim Frank ... Dutschke-Attentäter (uncredited)
Samir Fuchs ... Arabischer Fahrer (uncredited)
Philipp Fündling ... Kellner (uncredited)
Uwe Grimm ... Amerikaner (uncredited)
Andreas Haslinger ... Partygast Sylt (uncredited)
Marc Hellige ... Zivilpolizist (uncredited)
Alexandru Herca ... Demonstrant (uncredited)
Tabea Hertzog ... Kellnerin (uncredited)
Christian Hoening ... Staatssekretär (uncredited)
Jana Honczek ... (uncredited)
Norbert Hülm ... (uncredited)
Ramona Jankowski ... (uncredited)
Adam Jaskolka ... Hippie (uncredited)
Andreas Kattner ... (uncredited)
Torben Kessler ... Polizist (uncredited)
Kurt-Georg Kiesinger ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dorothea Klinger ... (uncredited)
Susann Klöden ... Hörerin (uncredited)

Ralph Kretschmar ... Gruppenmitglied Jens (uncredited)
Stanislaus Kroppach ... (uncredited)
Karl-Heinz Köpcke ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jonas Laleman ... Sanitäter (uncredited)
René Lay ... Heinz Marcisz (uncredited)
Robert Lehmann ... (uncredited)
Cedric Lingfeld ... Photograph (uncredited)
Adam-Victor Linkowski ... Polizist (uncredited)
Carlo Ljubek ... (uncredited)

Bettina Lohmeyer ... Telefonistin (uncredited)

Jim McKay ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ulrich Meinecke ... Student im Citroen (uncredited)
Smaïl Mekki ... Abu Hassan (uncredited)
Ilker Meric ... Israelischer Sportler (uncredited)
Stephan Meyer-Kohlhoff ... Nachtwächter (uncredited)
Monika Mondberger-Zimmerling ... Sympathisantin (uncredited)
Alexander Müller ... Polizist (uncredited)
Sieglinde Oppert ... (uncredited)
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leon Palamarciuc ... Zögling (uncredited)
Jörg Purschke ... Sicherheitsmann (uncredited)
Goran Rakonjac ... Baader-Sympathisant (uncredited)
Alexandra Rothert ... Peters Freundin (uncredited)
Nico Rüder ... Zögling (uncredited)
Sebastian Rüger ... (uncredited)
Toshko Savov ... Polizist (uncredited)
Paul Schlase ... Verletzter (uncredited)
Helmut Schmidt ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lara Schroder ... (uncredited)
Kerstin Schröder ... Wärterin (uncredited)
Andreas Schumacher ... Partygast Sylt (uncredited)
Michael Schweitzer ... (uncredited)
Paul Schwesig ... Baader-Sympathisant (uncredited)
Dietmar Schäffner ... (uncredited)

Esther Seibt ... Simone - Stefan Austs girlfriend (uncredited)
Hans-Dieter Stallmann ... Geisel (uncredited)
Julia Stenke ... Studentin (uncredited)
Pedro Stirner ... (uncredited)
Jutta Torkler-Schulz ... (uncredited)
Martin Toth ... Polizist (uncredited)
Karol Unterharnscheidt ... Kameramann (uncredited)
Henrike von Kuick ... (uncredited)
Martin Walch ... Justizbeamter Stammheim (uncredited)
Nicolas Walier ... Polizist (uncredited)
Oliver Walser ... Einsatzleiter Schweden (uncredited)

Vanessa Wieduwilt ... Mitarbeiterin schwedische Botschaft (uncredited)
Chris Wilpert ... Zögling (uncredited)
Marco Winzer ... Polizist (uncredited)
Julita Witt ... Studentin (uncredited)
Viktoria Zavgorodnyaya ... (uncredited)
Alan Zielonko ... Security advisor (uncredited)
Katja Zinsmeister ... Angela Luther (uncredited)
Mario Zuber ... Fotograf (uncredited)
Susanne Zygmunt ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Uli Edel 
 
Writing credits
Bernd Eichinger (screenplay)

Uli Edel (screenplay collaborator)

Stefan Aust (book)

Produced by
Bernd Eichinger .... producer
Tomas Gabris .... co-producer
Manuel Cuotemoc Malle .... co-producer
Martin Moszkowicz .... executive producer
Alessandro Passadore .... co-executive producer
Christine Rothe .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Peter Hinderthür 
Florian Tessloff 
 
Cinematography by
Rainer Klausmann 
 
Film Editing by
Alexander Berner 
 
Casting by
An Dorthe Braker 
 
Production Design by
Bernd Lepel 
 
Art Direction by
Hucky Hornberger 
 
Set Decoration by
Roland Schwarthoff 
Johannes Wild 
 
Costume Design by
Birgit Missal 
 
Makeup Department
Mariam Lee Abounouom .... makeup artist
Waldemar Pokromski .... makeup department head
Sabine Rohrman .... makeup artist
Sabine Schumann .... hair stylist
Luca Vannella .... hair stylist: Italy
 
Production Management
Ahmed Abounouom .... production manager
Tatjana Bonnet .... assistant production executive (as Tatjana Jakovleski)
Miki Emmrich .... production manager: Italy
Mark Nolting .... unit manager
Piernicola Pinnola .... unit manager: Italy
Cornelia Popp .... unit manager: Munich
Silvia Tollmann .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hamid Ait Timaghrit .... second assistant director: morocco
Natalie Beer .... first assistant director: second unit
Chicco De Stefanis .... second assistant director: Italy
Mouhssine El Badaoui .... first assistant director: Morocco
Lisa Hauss .... second assistant director
Michael G. Johnson .... second unit director
Frank Kusche .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Markus Bendler .... picture vehicle supervisor
Tatjana Büchner .... property master
Michael Fechner .... property master
Dieter Klucke .... technical advisor: sets
Aziz Rafiq .... assistant production designer
Paola Riviello .... art director: Italy
Jan Saße .... storyboard artist
Daniel Stieglitz .... storyboard artist
Natalie Strohmaier .... assistant set decorator
Nebojsa Tabacki .... graphic designer
Jacob von Dohnanyi .... propmaker
Alexandra Zeilhofer .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
David Arnold .... adr recordist
Jan Bloemeke .... sound effects editor
Christian Bruckmair .... adr recordist
Stefan Busch .... supervising sound editor
Stephan Fandrych .... adr recordist
Joo Fürst .... foley artist
Lisa Geffcken-Reinhard .... sound effects editor
Daniel Iribarren .... adr editor
Michael Kranz .... sound re-recording mixer
Nico Krebs .... sound editor
Frank Kruse .... sound effects recordist
Clemens Nürnberger .... adr recordist
Jörn Poetzl .... foley artist
Benjamin A. Rosenkind .... sound re-recording mixer
Fabian Schmidt .... dialogue supervisor
Andreas Schneider .... foley artist
Philipp Sellier .... foley recordist
Daniel Weis .... adr recordist
Roland Winke .... sound mixer
Nourdine Zaoui .... sound technician
 
Special Effects by
Nils Bleeck .... special effects technician
Rolf Hanke .... special effects project manager
Till Hertrich .... special effects senior technician
Sylvio Lienert .... special effects assistant
Michael Luppino .... special effects foreman
Uli Nefzer .... special effects supervisor
Claudius Rauch .... special effects crew
Thomas Thiele .... senior special effects technician
Roland Weder .... special effects technician
Adolf Wojtinek .... special effects supervisor: Marokko
 
Visual Effects by
Andreas Alesik .... digital artist
Matthias Brauner .... main title designer & animator
Manfred Büttner .... visual effects
Oliver Kirchhoff .... visual effects artist
David Laubsch .... digital compositor
Katja Müller .... vfx & digital intermediate producer
Paul Poetsch .... senior compositor
Marco Ringler .... digital compositor
Norbert Ruf .... senior compositor
Abraham Schneider .... digital compositor
Stefan Tischner .... digital compositor
Stefan Tischner .... visual effects supervisor
Manuel Voss .... digital compositor
Tobias Wiesner .... digital compositor: ARRI Digital Film
 
Stunts
Alessandro Borgese .... stunt coordinator: Italy
Andreas Grusinski .... stunt performer
Alessija Lause .... stunt performer
Andreas Mintert .... stunts
Mike Möller .... stunts
Wojtek Prygel .... stunts
Daniela Stein .... stunt double: Alexandra Maria Lara
Eskindir Tesfay .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthias Bode .... grip assistant
Markus Eckert .... Steadicam operator
Markus Eckert .... camera operator
Miriam Fassbender .... second assistant camera
Volker Gläser .... camera operator: "b" camera
Andres Lizana Prado .... assistant camera: second unit
Bouhamdi Lyamani .... electrician
Driss Marzak .... gaffer
Carsten Scharrmann .... grip
Oliver Schill .... video operator
Thomas Schiller .... video playback operator
 
Casting Department
Karimah El-Giamal .... casting assistant
Anne Fremiot .... casting: France
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brigitte Friedländer-Rodriguez .... costume supervisor (as Brigitte Rodriguez)
Genoveva Kylburg .... wardrobe
Claudette Lilly .... wardrobe supervisor
Abdelfattah Qzaibar .... wardrober
Hassan Taghriti .... wardrob supervisor(morocco
 
Editorial Department
Ana de Mier y Ortuño .... first assistant editor
Andreas Lautil .... colorist
Traudl Nicholson .... lead colorist
Daniel Nispel .... assistant editor
Stefan Weiß .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Joris Bartsch Buhle .... conductor
Joris Bartsch Buhle .... orchestra contractor
Pia Hoffmann .... music supervisor
Jan-Peter Klöpfel .... orchestrator
Tobias Lehmann .... music engineer
Phillip Schulz .... additional music recordist
Roman Vinuesa .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Najma El Mahjoub .... transportation coordinator
Ed Lee .... facilities driver
Filippo Zizola .... production driver: Italy
 
Other crew
Mohamed Atbir .... production assistant
Stefan Aust .... consultant
Annica Bellander .... marketing manager
Benedikt Bothe .... assistant set manager
Kristov Brändli .... production accountant: Berlin
Houssna Choukri .... production coordinator
Jens Enderling .... location manager
Sabina Friedland .... film research and clearances
Ulrich Fuchs .... legal counsel (as Dr. Ulrich Fuchs)
Stephan Graf .... production intern
Nazha Kajja .... production secretary
John Kaylin .... dubbing producer
Johanna Kohtz .... production accountant
Christoph Lakner .... media technician
Yasmina Majid .... coordination
Lucia Marasa .... set runner: Rome
Annika Nierentz .... production assistant
Eva Obieglo .... set runner: Munich
Torsten Oppel .... location manager
Cornelia Popp .... assistant to production executive
Hicham Regragui .... location manager
Markus R. Vogelbacher .... soundstage manager
Lutz Zeidler .... armorer
David Riedel .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Josef Brandmaier .... thanks: financial support [bbf]
 

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Also Known As:
"Der Baader Meinhof Komplex" - Germany (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, sexual content, graphic nudity and language
Runtime:
150 min | 184 min (extended cut)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
French visa # 115014 delivered on 3-9-2008.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: For a split second during the bombing of an American military HQ in Frankfurt, a soldier is seen bleeding profusely on a poster for The Dictator's album, Manifest Destiny. This bombing took place in 1972, while Manifest Destiny was released in 1977, and The Dictators didn't even form until 1973.See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Making of 'Süsse Stuten 7' (2010) (V)See more »

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147 out of 255 people found the following review useful.
Little more than a vanity project for Bernd Eichinger, 25 September 2008
Author: lual from Jena, Germany

Once every few years, Bernd Eichinger feels the need to prove to everybody that he has the biggest dick in the German film industry. In order to do this, he refrains from making cheap stupid international movies like "Resident Evil" and dumb German comedies and makes a big movie that he calls important. After "Der Untergang" and "Das Parfum" we now get "Der Baader-Meinhof Komplex".

One really wonders who this movie was made for. People who don't know anything about the RAF will not understand most of what is going on. People who know some stuff about this will only find the things that they already know and experts on the topic will be horrified about the simplifications and elisions.

The movie looks great, as it should be expected. It really looks like it is from the era. All technical aspects are wonderful, the cinematography, the action, sound, effects. And the actors do an incredible job. Martina Gedeck and Johanna Wokalek stand out in this universally good cast as Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin.

Also, to be fair, it has to be said, that the beginning of the movie is really gripping and well done. The viewer gets to understand a lot about the feeling of the time and the intentions of the protagonists are well-explained.

But the whole thing goes downhill after a while. By the time Ulrike Meinhof joins the group and Andreas Baader breaks out of prison, we lose focus. Suddenly there are new members in almost every scene and none of them gets introduced properly (with the exception of Peter-Jürgen Boock). Certainly, not every character needs a back story, but it would have been essential to tell the audience at least how these recruits got to join the group in general.

By the time that Meinhof, Baader and Ensslin are imprisoned, we really don't care about the RAF any more. And this is mainly because we have no idea who these "2nd generation" people are. Even people who know about the RAF will wonder who this or that guy in each scene is supposed to be because only few of them are even mentioned by name. The assassinations of von Mirbach, Buback and Ponto are just checked off a list to get the story to completion. And the whole Schleyer-kidnapping as well as the attack on the "Landshut" which are supposed to serve as the climax of the movie have terrible timing and leave out so much important information.

But also the handling of characters of the "1st generation" is done poorly in parts. Raspe is basically absent from the movie until he gets taken in by the police, same with Meins, whose only purpose in the movie it is to get captured, force-fed and then die. Only these three scenes. Nothing more is seen of him! Neither Eichinger nor Edel really cared to explain or teach anything. The whole thing was just planned as a big production to show off 2/3 of the more well-known actors working in Germany in one movie. Even the guy who attempts to assassinate Rudi Dutschke gets played by a well known actor (Tom Schilling). What this movie would have needed is the kind of epilogue that Eichinger put at the end of "der Untergang" to show what happened to some characters and also to even explain who these characters were supposed to be.

So, we only have one more chance to find out. Since the movie is filled with well-known actors, reading the credits might help. No chance here. Except for the main characters no character name is mentioned in the credits, only the actors who showed up. To me, this is the ultimate proof that Eichinger didn't care about the characters at all, all he cared about was the actors he could squish into this movie.

There are other things that others will criticize, for example the way the victims are turned just into cardboard figures with no purpose other than getting assassinated, or the fact that the German government, which was very involved especially in the final act, is not present at all. I personally do not mind these things too much, because I understand that this is not the story the makers wanted to tell.

I only criticize the movie for what it is. A nice-looking, but unfortunately very hollow and confusing piece of work. Too bad. It was a great chance that was missed here.

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