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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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Writers:
Bernd Eichinger (screenplay)
Uli Edel (screenplay)
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25 September 2008 (Germany) See more »
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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 »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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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)
Jan Haufe ... Drogensüchtiger (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)
Mario Zuber ... Fotograf (uncredited)
Susanne Zygmunt ... (uncredited)
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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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Rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, sexual content, graphic nudity and language
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150 min | 184 min (extended cut)
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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 »
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Anachronisms: The Croatian Mini Ero used in the ambush/kidnapping of Hanns-Martin Schleyer did not exist at the time the incident took place.See more »
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97 out of 123 people found the following review useful.
What you see is what you get (nothing more), 11 October 2008
Author: Christian Heynk from Germany

I watched the movie at a teacher's screening in Wuppertal on a Sunday morning. I was quite impressed with the accurate and detailed portrayal of the RAF and the events of the so called 'German fall' (Deutscher Herbst). I myself knew of many of the events beforehand and thanks to documentaries such as Veiel's Black Box BRD and Breloer's Todesspiel I was able to compare. For the two and some hours that the movie lasted I was on the edge of my seat. None of the scenes were boring, everything was well paced (at times maybe a little too fast paced) and I felt like I was being taken back to the important past of my native country. However, at the end I felt a little empty. The documentaries I just mentioned focused on only one story, but these documentaries were better because they gave us an in-depth analysis of the opposing forces (the bourgeoisie, the elite and the socialist rebels).

The portrayal of Meinhof and Baader seems accurate, too, but often I wondered if Baader really was the small-time crook he's made out to be in the movie. Except for Meinhof and Ensslin nobody seems to have some really deep thoughts about what was (is) wrong with our society. Mohnhaupt played by Nadja Uhl isn't explained at all, she's just there all of a sudden and we just go along thinking that she is in it for the same reasons as everybody else (Which are???).That way the movie seemed a little biased, as if trying to tell us that the RAF was mainly criminal and not so much political. Although I believe that a lot of their motives were right, even though they didn't justify any of the actions.

Bruno Ganz as Herold is allowed to play his character in a way that everyone thinks of the German government at the time as a dignified and moderate administration although I don't believe that to be true (after all, Herold said that he can only cure the symptoms of the RAF disease but not the disease itself, yet he didn't do anything to make the German people understand that the RAF is not altogether wrong when it accuses the German people of laziness, cowardice and complacency).

Now, leaving the movie, I figured that there was nothing much left to talk about. The teacher material that we received was pretty useless, because it doesn't offer any interesting topics for discussion. I for one think it would be interesting to discuss the present situation (bureaucracy, war in Iraq, terrorism) with the situation of Germany in the 70's. We are still dealing with many of the problems that caused the insurgency and civil disobedience back then, yet today we don't do anything at all. We are dissatisfied with the Bush administration, we oppose the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, we suffer from a financial crisis mainly caused by the deregulated free market economy (capitalism) and we watch the divide between the rich and the poor getting bigger and bigger.

However, the youth of today doesn't protest. Why not? Maybe because we taught them well that in the end it's everyone for themselves and that it's best to be obedient, docile and commonorgarden if you want at least a little security in your life. One of the stronger scenes was the one where Ensslin accuses Meinhof of jerking off on her socialist theories instead of actually doing something. That's where you can see how Meinhof was influenced by the RAF. Finally she met some people who were willing to take action instead of just talking and philosophizing about a better world. This scene lends itself well to the follow-up scene in which Meinhof helps Baader to escape from prison. The jump from the window sill is a the same time a jump towards extremism.

Well, all in all, I think it's a good film to get people interested in Germany's past but it can only be the beginning of a more subtle analysis of what the RAF stood for and what it was trying to do.

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