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The Reader -- Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, a law student re-encounters his former lover (Winslet) as she testifies in a war-crimes trial.
The Reader -- Actor David Kross gives his thoughts about the importance of learning about the holocaust for young people at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival.
The Reader -- Press conference with the cast of The Reader during the 2009 Berlin Film Festival.
The Reader -- Director Stephen Daldry gives his thoughts about the number of movies about the holocaust and how The Reader fits in during the 2009 Berlin Film Festival.
The Reader -- Ralph Fiennes discusses the character, Michael Berg, he plays in the Reader as part of the 2009 Berlin Film Festival.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
David Hare (screenplay)
Bernhard Schlink (book)
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Release Date:
30 January 2009 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
How far would you go to protect a secret? See more »
Plot:
Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 23 wins & 41 nominations See more »
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The Reader is a brilliant, sexually charged, and oddly heartbreaking tale about the complexity of human morality and the lifelong repercussions that result from our actions. See more (351 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ralph Fiennes ... Michael Berg

Jeanette Hain ... Brigitte

David Kross ... Young Michael Berg

Kate Winslet ... Hanna Schmitz

Susanne Lothar ... Carla Berg
Alissa Wilms ... Emily Berg

Florian Bartholomäi ... Thomas Berg
Friederike Becht ... Angela Berg
Matthias Habich ... Peter Berg
Frieder Venus ... Doctor
Marie-Anne Fliegel ... Hanna's Neighbour (as Marie Anne Fliegel)
Hendrik Arnst ... Woodyard Worker
Rainer Sellien ... Teacher
Torsten Michaelis ... Sports Master
Moritz Grove ... Holger
Joachim Tomaschewsky ... Stamp Dealer
Barbara Philipp ... Waitress
Hans Hohlbein ... Clerk
Jürgen Tarrach ... Gerhard Bade (as Juergen Tarrach)

Kirsten Block ... Female Judge

Vijessna Ferkic ... Sophie
Vanessa Berthold ... Sophie's Friend
Benjamin Trinks ... Holger's Friend
Fritz Roth ... Tram Supervisor

Hannah Herzsprung ... Julia
Jacqueline Macaulay ... Heidelberg Lecturer (as Jaqueline Macaulay)

Volker Bruch ... Dieter

Bruno Ganz ... Professor Rohl

Karoline Herfurth ... Marthe
Max Mauff ... Rudolf

Ludwig Blochberger ... Seminar Group Student
Jonas Jägermeyr ... Seminar Group Student
Alexander Kasprik ... Seminar Group Student

Burghart Klaußner ... Judge (as Burghart Klaussner)

Sylvester Groth ... Prosecuting Council
Fabian Busch ... Hanna's Defence Council
Margarita Broich ... Co-Defendant
Marie Gruber ... Co-Defendant
Lena Lessing ... Co-Defendant
Merelina Kendall ... Co-Defendant
Hildegard Schroedter ... Co-Defendant

Lena Olin ... Rose Mather / Ilana Mather

Alexandra Maria Lara ... Young Ilana Mather
Martin Brambach ... Remand Prison Guard #1
Michael Schenk ... Remand Prison Guard #2
Ava Eusepi-Harris ... Young Julia
Nadja Engel ... Mail Room Guard #1
Anne-Kathrin Gummich ... Mail Room Guard #2
Carmen-Maja Antoni ... Prison Librarian
Petra Hartung ... Head Prison Guard

Linda Bassett ... Ms. Brenner

Beata Lehmann ... Ms. Brenner's Secretary

Heike Hanold-Lynch ... Prison Guard
Bettina Scheuritzel ... Gate Guard
Robin Gooch ... Ilana's Maid (as Robin Lyn Gooch)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas Borchardt ... Criminal Defense Lawyer (uncredited)
Hans-Joachim Fisch ... Lay judge (uncredited)
Alexandru Herca ... Reporter (uncredited)

Klemen Novak ... Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)
Rich Odell ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Daniele Rizzo ... Student (uncredited)
Sam Luca Scollin ... Reporter (uncredited)
Stephan Ziller ... Student in Court (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Daldry 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
David Hare (screenplay)

Bernhard Schlink (book "Der Vorleser")

Produced by
Jason Blum .... co-executive producer
Christoph Fisser .... co-producer
Donna Gigliotti .... producer
Tarik Karam .... associate producer
Anthony Minghella .... producer
Henning Molfenter .... co-producer
Redmond Morris .... producer
Arno Neubauer .... line producer
Sydney Pollack .... producer
Marianna Rowinska .... line producer: Poland
Sabine Schenk .... line producer: New York
Michael Simon de Normier .... associate producer
Nora Skinner .... associate producer
Marieke Spencer .... associate producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Charlie Woebcken .... co-producer (as Carl L. Woebcken)
 
Original Music by
Nico Muhly 
 
Cinematography by
Roger Deakins (director of photography)
Chris Menges (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Claire Simpson 
 
Casting by
Simone Bär  (as Simone Baer)
Jina Jay 
 
Production Design by
Brigitte Broch 
 
Art Direction by
Christian M. Goldbeck (supervising art director)
Stefan Hauck 
Erwin Prib  (as Erwin W. Prib)
Yesim Zolan  (as Yeshim Zolan)
 
Set Decoration by
Karin Betzler 
Eva Stiebler  (as Eva Maria Stiebler)
 
Costume Design by
Donna Maloney 
Ann Roth 
 
Makeup Department
Pauline Fowler .... chief prosthetic supervisor
Gabriele Kent-Horspool .... makeup artist
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Daniel Meaker .... silicone technician: head of department
Linda Melazzo .... makeup artist: Ms. Winslet
Peter Owen .... wig designer
Ivana Primorac .... hair designer
Ivana Primorac .... makeup designer
Valeska Schitthelm .... additional hair stylist
Valeska Schitthelm .... additional makeup artist
Annett Schulze .... makeup artist
Matthew Smith .... prosthetic makeup designer (as Matthew Weston Smith)
Anna Von Gwinner .... makeup artist
Maria Torfeld .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Tim Clawson .... executive in charge of physical production: The Weinstein Company
Michael Cole .... executive in charge of production: The Weinstein Company
Paulina Czech .... production manager: Poland
Jan Enderlein .... unit manager
Jennifer Lane .... post-production supervisor
Aaron Levine .... production manager: New York
Jeff Maynard .... executive in charge of post-production: The Weinstein Company
Arno Neubauer .... production manager
Rob Scheidlinger .... executive in charge of production: The Weinstein Company
Jasmin Torbati .... production manager: Czech Republic (as Jasmina Torbati)
Caren Wiederhold .... assistant production manager
Lulu Zezza .... executive in charge of physical production: The Weinstein Company
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Blazina .... second assistant director: New York
Carlos Fidel .... second assistant director
Mara Fiedler .... trainee assistant director
Tarik Karam .... second unit director
Josh Newport .... first assistant director: New York
Miguel Angelo Pate .... third assistant director
Tonja Schürmann .... second second assistant director
Richard Styles .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Glen Aldous .... standby scenic: New York
Pablo Alza .... paint supervisor
Stefanie Arndt .... art department assistant
Martina Barthelmes .... set decorator buyer
Martina Valentina Baumgartner .... art department assistant (as Martina Baumgartner)
Achim Beimann .... swing gang: set dressing (as Achim Reimann)
Susann Belaval .... art department coordinator
Daniel Ben Sorge .... lead person
Roman Berger .... stand-by carpenter
Indra Besing .... assistant property master
Klaus Bienen .... carpenter
Joshua Black .... supervisor painter
Maresa Burmester .... set dresser
Stephan Buttchereit .... paint supervisor
Ron Büttner .... set dresser
Temple Clark .... storyboard artist
Katja Clos .... graphic designer
Torsten Dahlke .... stand-by painter
Esther Disteldorf .... draftsman
Michael Düwel .... art department: Studio Babelsberg
Axel Eichhorst .... conceptual artist
Anja Fromm .... art director: Cologne
James Gambino .... typesetting
Jens Gaube .... swing gang: set dressing
Ulrike Gojowczyk .... stand-by props
Omid Gutt .... set dresser
Marcus Göppner .... assistant art director (as Marcus Goeppner)
Marita Götz .... assistant property master (as Marita Goetz)
Gesche Hein .... assistant set decorator
Christoph Heinecke .... set dresser
Christina Hoenicke .... set decorator buyer
David Hoffmann .... property master
Cara Hünnekes .... props store manager
Sarah Jablonka .... art department assistant
Nele Jordan .... set dresser
Lily Kiera .... stand-by props
Christine Kisorsy .... art research
Martin Knauer .... set dresser
Benjamin Kniebe .... storyboard artist
Daniel Kolarov .... assistant property master
Edgar Konkoll .... swing gang: set dressing
Oliver Krink .... lead carpenter
Klaus Kunstmann .... metalworker
Ivan Lacaze .... stand-by painter
Uli Langenberg .... construction manager: Cologne
Kirsten Lieboldt .... assistant set decorator (as Kirsten Lieboldt-Longolius)
Alexis Miszak .... swing gang: set dressing
Joachim Monninger .... construction coordinator
Bibbi Müller .... props store manager
Hans-Joachim Müller .... plasterer
Jose Pavon .... property master: New York
Daniel Peeck .... stand-by carpenter (as Daniel Peek)
Johannes Pfaller .... assistant property master (as Johannes A. Pfaller)
Doro Polstorff .... set dresser (as Doro Polstroff)
Matthias Prange .... swing gang: set dressing
Melanie Reichert .... construction buyer
Dominik Reindl .... stand-by painter
Gabriele Roß .... art department coordinator (as Gabriele Ross)
Thorsten Sabel .... assistant art director
Robert Samtleben .... construction manager
Bettina Saul .... lead person
Doro Schiefeling .... set decorator buyer
Katja Schlömer .... set decorating researcher
Klaus Schmidt .... lead carpenter
Max Schmigalla .... set dresser
Tobias Schroeter .... sculptor
Anu Schwartz .... art director: New York
Giovanni A. Scribano .... set dresser (as Giovanni Scribano)
Henry Seifert .... draftsman
Heike Steen .... set dresser
Waleska Theis .... assistant set decorator (as Waleska Defne Theis)
Henrietta Thomas .... art department trainee
Dorothee von Bodelschwingh .... set decorating researcher
Dorothee von Bodelschwingh .... set decoration buyer
Christian Weber .... carpenter
Dagmar Wessel .... lead person
Christian Wollberg .... set dresser
Wolfgang Wrede .... paint supervisor
Anne Zentgraf .... set dresser
Tanja Baumgartner .... set decorating researcher (uncredited)
Hélène Gourdin Doherty .... trainee set dresser (uncredited)
Daniel Kolarov .... assistant property master: Cologne (uncredited)
Tom Trambow .... backdrops (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... adr editor
Tilo Alpermann .... sound designer
Antonio L. Arroyo .... sound mixer: New York (as Antonio Arroyo)
Manfred Banach .... sound recordist
Michael Barry .... sound re-recording mixer
Walter Berretz .... adr mixer
Bernd Biemüller .... adr mixer
David Boulton .... adr mixer
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Mark Costanzo)
Renzo D'Alberto .... adr mixer
Sahin Dagdelen .... adr mixer
Pam DeMetruis-Thomas .... adr editor (as Pam Demetruis)
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan Edelstein .... supervising adr editor
Michael Feuser .... additional adr editor
David Flynch .... foley supervisor (as David B. Flynch)
Michael Fowler .... adr recordist
Josh Frieser .... looping
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Jim Greenhorn .... additional sound recordist
Heather Gross .... sound effects editor
Harry Higgins .... re-recordist
Eric Hirsch .... sound re-recordist
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Andy Kris .... sound re-recording mixer
Benjamin Krüger .... boom operator (as Ben Krüger)
Avi Laniado .... sound mix engineer
George A. Lara .... foley mixer (as George Lara)
George A. Lara .... foley recordist (as George Lara)
Blake Leyh .... sound designer
Blake Leyh .... supervising sound editor
Ashley Low .... adr mixer
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Igor Nikolic .... first assistant sound editor
Dominik Oppon .... adr mixer
Dominik Oppon .... adr recordist
Eliza Paley .... supervising dialogue editor
Jac Rubenstein .... dialogue editor
Andreas Rudroff .... adr mixer
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby
Andy Thompson .... adr mixer
Paul Yurt .... sound mix engineer
Per Boström .... additional sound effects editor (uncredited)
Rick Gould .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Michael Apling .... special effects office coordinator
Del Reid .... snow effects technician
Lucien Stephenson .... snow supervisor
Thomas Thiele .... special effects technician
Mario Uy .... special effects crew
Bernd Wildau .... special effects foreman
Olaf Will .... special effects technician
Adolf Wojtinek .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Louie Alexander .... digital compositor: Framestore
Anton Anderson .... Flame assistant: RhinoFX
Jamie Baxter .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Ryan Beadle .... IO: Custom Film Effects
Zachary Bloom .... scanning and recording: Framestore
Clare Brody .... data operator - framestore
Cara Buckley .... visual effects producer: RhinoFX
John Bunt .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Paul Burke .... scanning and recording: Framestore
Peter Chiang .... visual effects supervisor
Dayne Cowan .... visual effects supervisor: Double Negative
Zoran Cvetkovik .... digital matte painter: RhinoFX
Samuel M. Dabbs .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Dennis Dorney .... digital editorial: Custom Film Effects
Mark Dornfeld .... visual effects supervisor: Custom Film Effects
Richard Edwards .... data operator - framestore
Michele Ferrone .... visual effects producer: Custom Film Effects
James Gambino .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Adam Gass .... digital editorial: Custom Film Effects
Camille Geier .... executive producer: RhinoFX
Sarah Grieshammer .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Adam Hawkes .... digital compositor: Framestore
Karsten Hecker .... film mastering engineer
Jan Hogevold .... visual effects producer: Framestore
Shaina Holmes .... digital artist: Custom Film Effects
Shaina Holmes .... supervisor: Custom Film Effects
Lindsay M. Hoppe .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as Lindsay Hoppe)
Justin Israel .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Petar Jovovic .... digital matte painting supervisor: RhinoFX
Nitant Karnik .... lead compositor: RhinoFX
Brian Krijgsman .... visual effects supervisor: Framestore
Paulina Kuszta .... visual effects coordinator: Custom Film Effects
Karin Levinson .... production executive: RhinoFX
Yuval Levy .... cg supervisor: RhinoFX
Laura Lunt .... visual effects production coordinator: Framestore
Theodore Maniatis .... visual effects artist
Veronica Marcano .... scanning & recording operator: Framestore
Hector Mejia .... IT engineer: RhinoFX
Bogdan Mihajlovic .... lead matchmove technical director: RhinoFX
Morgan Miller .... digital touch-up artist
Lauren Montuori .... visual effects production manager: RhinoFX
Jesse Morrow .... Smoke artist
Masha Nova .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Adam Parker .... retouch and restoration: Framestore
Ivan Pribicevic .... 2D matte painter: RhinoFX (as Ivan Pribic'evic')
Kevin Quinlan .... visual effects artist
Lee Rankin .... scanning and recording: Framestore
David W. Reynolds .... Flame compositor: RhinoFX
Jim Rider .... visual effects supervisor: RhinoFX
Kevin Vale .... digital imaging
Dragan Veselinovic .... digital matte painter: RhinoFX
Dan Victoire .... digital compositor: Framestore
Manuel Llamas .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Volkhart Buff .... stunt coordinator
Marco Camper .... stunt assistant
Daniela Stein .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Armin Bach .... chief rigging electrician
Martin Bartels .... video operator
Georg Bozkurt .... electrician (as Georg Bozkur)
Tilman Büttner .... Steadicam operator (as Tilmann Büttner)
Andy Day .... gaffer: New York
Roger Deakins .... camera operator
Matthias Edinger .... best boy rigging electrician (as Mathias 'Edi' Edinger)
Daniel Erb .... additional camera crew
Philip Fleischer .... electrician
Sergei Franklin .... second unit cinematographer
Christian Goerges .... chief rigging electrician (as Chris Görges)
Melinda Sue Gordon .... still photographer
Thomas Gottschalk .... additional camera crew
Mario Grech .... electrician
Bruce Hamme .... dolly grip
Andy Harris .... first assistant camera
Dietmar Haupt .... chief rigging electrician
Dirk Henkel .... electrician
Marian Heymann .... assistant grip
Stefan Hiegemann .... electrician
Mathias Hildebrand .... electrician
Christian Hitzler .... electrician
Yves Hoffman .... assistant grip (as Yves Hoffmann)
Alexander Jung .... best boy electric (as Alexander 'Bochum' Jung)
Patrick Kaethner .... Steadicam operator
Karl Keil .... film loader
Oliver Kühne .... electrician
Robert Lau .... first assistant camera: New York unit
Mitchell Andrew Lillian .... key grip: New York (as Mitch Lillian)
Anne Lindemann .... assistant video operator
Bobby Mancuso .... first assistant camera: New York
Rick Marroquin .... dolly grip: New York
Jordana Maurer .... assistant video operator
Adrian McCarthy .... dolly grip
Chris Menges .... camera operator
Luke Menges .... camera operator: "b" camera
Beda Mulzer .... electrician
Won-suk Park .... second assistant camera
Marcus Pohlus .... camera operator
Michael Rieck .... electrician
Alexander Sachariew .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Björn Schäfer .... electrician
Robert Slomke .... assistant video operator
Kaja Styczynska .... camera trainee
Bjoern Susen .... gaffer (as Björn Susen)
Frank-Holger Susen .... electrician
Ahmet Tan .... additional camera crew
Oliver Taube .... electrician
Karsten Tietz .... best boy rigging electrician (as Karsten 'Willy' Tietz)
Ole Ki Bun Wedemann .... best boy
Ole Ki Bun Wedemann .... rigger
Klaus Witt .... company grip
Tom Witt .... company grip
James Wright .... second assistant camera
Daniel Zeitler .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Lori Eastside .... casting: principals and extras, New York
Sondra James .... adr voice casting
Lucinda Johnston .... assistant casting: UK
Tobias Kunze .... adr voice casting
Alexandra Montag .... assistant casting: Germany
Robert Oppel .... extras casting assistant
Sandra Ritschel .... casting: camera operator, Germany
Tanja Schwichtenberg .... extras casting: Cologne
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daniela Backes .... set costumer
Dorota Budna .... costume assistant
Katharina Drescher .... costume production assistant
Lisa Eichhorn .... costume production assistant
Sandi Figueroa .... costumer: Ms. Winslet
Sparka Lee Hall .... assistant to costume designer
Karen Heese .... tailor (as Karen Hesse)
Heike Hütt .... costume supervisor
Oskar Kantor .... costume production assistant
Iris Horta Lemos .... costumer: New York (as Iris Lemos)
Anna Isabell Logen .... assistant costume supervisor
Michelle Matland .... assistant to costume designer
Ellen-Maria Muggelberg .... costumer
Ellen-Maria Muggelberg .... seamstress
Caroline Osuch .... set costumer
Andre Schopf-Markov .... set costumer (as André Schopf-Markov)
Bettina Seifert .... costumer: Mr. Fiennes
Claudia Torsiello .... costume assistant
Carol Anne Wegner .... wardrobe assistant
Jenny Lorenz .... wardrobe daily (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leslie Bautsch .... post-production coordinator
Jens Baylis .... first assistant editor
Steve Beganyi .... high-definition preview artist
Lee Bennett .... digital dailies colorist
Christopher Berg .... digital dailies project manager (as Chris Berg)
Dana Bloder .... digital intermediate producer
Kaitlin Fox .... high-definition preview assistant
J.D. Funari .... marketing editor
Jimmy Fusil .... digital intermediate producer
Terry Haggar .... color timer
Clark Henderson .... digital intermediate executive
Jonathan Hoffman .... high-definition preview producer
Paul Hyman .... assistant editor
Barbara Jean Kearney .... digital intermediate executive producer
Andreas Lautil .... digital dailies colorist
Eric Leverenz .... digital intermediate technical assistant
Christian Littmann .... laboratory: line producer
Joshua Moore .... laboratory coordinator (as Josh Moore)
Carrie Puchkoff .... assistant editor
Brian Reali .... high-definition preview producer
Richie Roefaro .... editorial assistant
Daniel Scheimberg .... trainee editor
Clemens Schmid .... digital dailies project manager
Bob Schneider .... digital intermediate conform editor
Zachary A. Schwartz .... edit room assistant (as Zachary Aaron Schwartz)
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Daniel Triller .... assistant editor
Jamie Turpin .... assistant editor (as James Turpin)
Kevin Vale .... digital imaging
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer
Reza Amidi .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Benjamin Sutor .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Chris Barrett .... assistant engineer
Dan Bora .... score pre-production
Thomas Bowes .... orchestra leader
Michael Feuser .... associate music editor
Olga FitzRoy .... assistant engineer (as Olga Fitzroy)
James Flatto .... associate music editor (as Jim Flatto)
Vic Fraser .... music preparation
Ozren K. Glaser .... music score consultant
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Trevor Gureckis .... assistant to composer: Mr. Muhly
Chris Jennings .... assistant engineer
Jim Keller .... music publishing: St. Rose
Ryan Kelly .... assistant engineer
Zoe Knight .... music publishing: St. Rose
Annette Kudrak .... music editor
Rachel Levy .... executive in charge of music: The Weinstein Company
Charlotte Matthews .... assistant orchestra contractor
Nico Muhly .... score conductor
Nico Muhly .... score orchestrator
Simon Rhodes .... music mixer
Simon Rhodes .... music recordist
David Theodore .... musician: oboe
Robin Urdang .... music consultant
Bruce White .... viola
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello
Angela Leus .... score coordinator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Carsten Baum .... driver
Alex Bechberger .... driver: Mr. Daldry
Herve Bertholi .... driver: props (as Herve Berthou)
Christoph Blum .... driver: props
Lothar Dankert .... driver: construction
Jan Enderlein .... transportation coordinator
Nawid Fassili .... driver: Mr. Fiennes
Dennis Freeman .... driver: Ms. Winslet
David Friedewald .... driver
Sebastian Gäbel .... driver (as Sebastian Gaebel)
Murat Gökcen .... driver
Dirk Hannemann .... driver: costume
Gregor Hoppe .... driver
Wolfgang Hütter .... driver (as Wolfgang 'Wuff' Hütter)
Vince Kastner .... driver: props (as Tobias Vincent Kastner)
Julian Kazmierczak .... driver: Mr. Daldry
Daniel Keil .... picture vehicle coordinator
Oliver Keller .... driver
David Keratsopoulos .... driver (as David A. Keratsopoullos)
Erich Kraus .... driver: Ms. Winslet
Timur Krüziu .... driver: set decorating
Oliver Kujas .... driver
Joachim Lünenschloß .... driver (as Joachim Lünenschloss)
Jens Marschalleck .... driver
Georg Meierotto .... transportation captain
Erik Merten .... driver
Matthias Moeske .... driver
Oliver Ney .... driver
Thomas Paszylk .... driver: construction
Karsten Peter .... transportation
Dennis Rabenstein .... transportation captain
Ivica Rahija .... driver: costume
Mirko Reichwald .... driver
Daniela Samotzki .... driver
Steffen Schuchardt .... transportation captain
Andreas Schumacher .... driver: Mr. Fiennes
Christoph Stangier .... driver
Alexander Stolle .... assistant picture vehicle coordinator
Ike Udogwu .... driver
Carsten Uhlig .... driver
Sebastian Von Merveldt .... driver
Daniel Wiesenhütter .... driver: set decorating
Thorsten Zarth .... driver: set decorating
 
Other crew
Kim Armitage .... additional script supervisor
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances, Inc.
Markus Bensch .... locations: Studio Babelsberg
Katri Billard .... script supervisor: New York
Martin Bode .... set production assistant
Alex Boden .... production associate
Klaus Boechel .... stand-in
Mathias Braun .... supervising location manager (as Matthias Braun)
Bradley Buchanan .... executive in charge of business and legal affairs: The Weinstein Company
Claudia Büttner .... stand-in
Nina Büttner .... assistant accountant
William Conacher .... supervising dialect coach
Samuel M. Dabbs .... title designer
Jana Daedelow .... assistant production coordinator
Maximilian Dahlhaus .... set production assistant
Sabrina Donati .... assistant: Mr. Morris
Jana Duchnicki .... location scout
Thomas Duchnicki .... location scout
Jerôme Dupuis .... set production assistant (as Jerome Dupuis)
Emily Evashevski .... assistant: Kate Winslet
Jakub Exner .... location manager: Czech Republic
Mara Fiedler .... office production assistant
Jonathan Fuhrman .... executive in charge of business and legal affairs: The Weinstein Company
Linda Gamble .... unit publicist
Liudmila Gertsen .... assistant production coordinator
Brian Gibbs .... production accountant
Ozren K. Glaser .... literature consultant
Alix Graham .... assistant: Mr. Fiennes
Julia Gruen .... assistant: Mr. Fiennes
Roger Grunwald .... voices
Frank Guhn .... set medic
Marlus Harding .... accountant: New York (as Marlus C. Harding)
Nils Hasenau .... traffic control
Susan Hegarty .... dialect coach: Ms. Winslet
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services (as Mariah Breitel)
Michael Herbell .... set manager
Matthias Hildebrandt .... cast security
Steffi Hiller .... production accountant
Emanuel Hipp .... assistant location manager: Görlitz
Emanuel Hipp .... location assistant
Katja Hoerstmann .... funding coordinator: Studio Babelsberg (as Katja Hörstmann)
Jens Hoffmann .... cast security
Michelle Icahn .... runner
Michaela Ifkovits .... assistant location manager
Sven Jenuwein .... set manager
Margit Jütz .... assistant accountant: Studio Babelsberg
Kerstin Kaczmarek .... runner
Caroline Kaempfer .... runner (as Caroline Kämpfer)
Laine R. Kline .... executive in charge of business and legal affairs: The Weinstein Company (as Laine Kline)
Ann-Kristin Knubben .... assistant: associate producer
Paula Koch .... stand-in
Ayuko Koresawa .... office production assistant
Alexandra Korne .... publicity: Studio Babelsberg
Jana Krämer .... office production assistant
Sabrina Kunert .... set production assistant
Thomas Lauterkorn .... location scout
Deborah Leakey .... assistant accountant
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
Avi Levy .... production controller
Marilyn Lindsay .... assistant accountant
Danny Linsner .... location runner
Carrie Lukasiewicz .... assistant: Ms. Winslet
Keith Marlin .... set production assistant: second unit
Jake Martin .... key production assistant: New York
Michael Masarof .... production secretary: New York
Susan A. Mclean .... expert: literacy
Paul Meyer-Gerlt .... payroll accountant
Maggie Murray .... assistant accountant (as Maggie R. Murray)
Artur Niemczuk .... location assistant
Sean Oliver .... adr voice
Regine Otto .... production coordinator
Andreas Pense .... legal counsel: Studio Babelsberg, Unverzagt Von Have (as Dr. Andreas Pense)
Jason Potter .... production accountant
Jan Proppe .... key set assistant
Bastian Rabe .... assistant location manager
Justine Raczkiewicz .... assistant to production executive
Carola Richter .... assistant production coordinator
Karen Roberts .... finance executive: The Weinstein Company
Eric Roth .... executive in charge of business and legal affairs: The Weinstein Company
Barbara Rothe .... assistant production coordinator
Gitte Rugaard .... housing
Henrique Santos .... craft service: New York
Sven Schachschneider .... production staff
Heidrun-Maria Schloßmacher .... assistant production coordinator (as Heidrun Schlossmacher)
Grit Schluechtermann .... assistant accountant (as Grit Schlüchtermann)
Silvia Schneider .... production consultant
Rebecca Schröder .... studio/facility coordinator
Dee Schuka .... post-production accountant
Andrea Schumacher .... assistant accountant
Wolfgang Schwedler .... accountant: Studio Babelsberg
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances, Inc.
Karen Sieber .... voices
Angie Simaifar .... location manager: Cologne (as Andjelija Simaifar)
Michaela Sklenar .... office production assistant
Maxim Streletzki .... set production assistant (as Maxim Strelezki)
Tilmann Vierzig .... assistant accountant
Friederike von Rauch .... location scout
Bashaar Wahab .... location scout
Mirjam Weber .... assistant: co-producer, Studio Babelsberg
Benjamin Weidner .... location assistant/unit move coordinator
Gerhard Werle .... legal expert
Caren Wiederhold .... production coordinator: Cologne
Hughroy Williams .... location manager: New York
Rolf Winkel .... set medic
Jakub Woroszylski .... location manager: Poland
René Wuttke .... location coordinator
Eugene Yi .... production assistant: New York
Michael Zieboll .... key set assistant
Sonja B. Zimmer .... production executive: Studio Babelsberg (as Sonja Zimmer)
Volker Zobelt .... location coordinator
Gero Brugmann .... production legal (uncredited)
Justine Raczkiewicz .... assistant: production executive (uncredited)
Heli Soell .... assistant post-production accountant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Manuela Alexejew .... the producers wish to thank
Mary Barnard .... acknowledgment: Sappho, A New Translation by
Elizabeth J. Bell .... acknowledgment: Sappho, A New Translation by Mary Barnard used with permission of, Barnardworks (as Elizabeth J Bell)
Peter Benchley .... acknowledgment: JAWS by
Carlos Brandl .... the producers wish to thank
Anton Chekhov .... acknowledgment: The Lady with the Little Dog by
Charles Dickens .... acknowledgment: David Copperfield & The Old Curiosity Shop by
T.S. Eliot .... acknowledgment: East Coker, Four Quartets by
Konstanze Ell .... the producers wish to thank
Robert Fagles .... acknowledgment: The Odyssey by Homer, translated by
Josephine Hart .... the producers wish to thank
Erich Heckel .... the producers wish to thank: Hemmenhofen (as Nachlass Erich Heckel)
Ernest Hemingway .... acknowledgment: The Old Man and the Sea by
Gregor Herb .... the producers wish to thank
Homer .... acknowledgment: The Odyssey by
Horace .... acknowledgment: Epodes by
Horst Janssen .... the producers wish to thank (as Nachlass Horst Janssen)
Franz Kafka .... acknowledgment: The Metamorphosis by
Peer Klehmet .... the producers wish to thank
D.H. Lawrence .... acknowledgment: Lady Chatterley's Lover by (as D. H. Lawrence)
Mitchel Lenson .... acknowledgment: in association with
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing .... acknowledgment: Emilia Galotti by
Anthony Minghella .... in loving memory of
Boris Pasternak .... acknowledgment: Doctor Zhivago by
The Pauly Family .... the producers wish to thank
Sydney Pollack .... in loving memory of
Werner Renz .... the producers wish to thank
Gerhard Richter .... the producers wish to thank
Sappho .... acknowledgment: To an Army Wife, in Sardis by
Friedrich Schiller .... acknowledgment: Intrigue and Love by
Arthur Schnitzler .... acknowledgment: Anatol by
Mark Twain .... acknowledgment: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by
Alexander Wecker-Bergheim .... the producers wish to thank (as Nachlass Alexander Wecker-Bergheim)
Julia Welter .... the producers wish to thank: Deutsches Filminstitut
Gerhard Wiese .... the producers wish to thank
Stefan Zweig .... acknowledgment: The World of Yesterday by
 

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Rated R for some scenes of sexuality and nudity
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Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Austria:12 | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:TE | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-15 | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:14 | Iceland:12 (DVD rating) | Ireland:16 | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:18PL | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Philippines:R-18 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #44922)
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Three composers were considered to compose the original music - Nico Muhly, Ozren K. Glaser and Alberto Iglesias.See more »
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Continuity: When Older Michael first gets into his car, it is completely covered with dew or raindrops. In the following scene, the car is totally dry.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Brigitte:You didn't wake me.
Michael Berg:You were sleeping.
Brigitte:You let me sleep because you can't bear to have breakfast with me.
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371 out of 436 people found the following review useful.
The Reader is a brilliant, sexually charged, and oddly heartbreaking tale about the complexity of human morality and the lifelong repercussions that result from our actions., 8 January 2009
Author: The_Film_Addict from El Paso, Texas

There's an urgency in human nature to understand. When it comes to the Holocaust, history's bleak, unsettling period, it doesn't matter what book you've read, film you've seen or account you've heard; in the end, your response it halted by its incomprehensible conclusion. How could humanity course its way towards such a violent, destructive path? How could people knowingly send men, women, and children to their impending doom? Most puzzling, how could the world allow it? Even though its been 63 years since the blood-drenched annals of World War II, its aftermath today is still bone chilling.

After a six year celluloid dry spell, Stephen Daldry returns to the director's chair in a brilliant, sexually charged, and oddly heartbreaking tale about the complexity of human morality and the lifelong repercussions that result from our actions. Adapted from Bernhard Schlink's best-selling German novel, "The Reader," Daldry's visual translation is a powerful, emotionally absorbing film that is one of the year's best. It's superbly crafted.

With World War II over, Germany, in 1958, is still recovering. Deep within Heidelberg, Germany, Michael (David Kross), a young pubescent teenager haven fallen ill, is comforted by Hanna (Kate Winslet), a hard working woman who is twice his age. Taken by her generosity, Michael revisits Hanna to offer his gratitude. What begins as an awkward reunion escalates into a seductive, forbidden affair that intensifies when Michael begins reading to the distant, empty Hanna, who is deeply awakened by Michael's spoken literature. Too young to understand love's complicated implications, Michael is emotionally devastated when Hanna suddenly disappears. Nearly a decade later, unable to forget his passionate summer while studying law, he attends a Nazi trail, and to his dismay, hears Hanna's distant voice.

"The Reader" is a complex film; maybe a little too complex for some. Though the film pertains to Nazism and the "sins of our fathers," in essence, "The Reader" is a film that reflects the emotions inside all of us. During a lecture, Michael's professor comments, "Societies like to think they operate on morality but they don't." In this cynical age, how far from reality is that statement? During Hanna's trial, she's questioned why she participated in the Nazi party's horrendous war crimes, broken she replies, "It was my job." Oddly enough, that seems to be the justification most people use. Surprisingly, though, "The Reader" isn't about her exposure as a war criminal, but an exposure on an individual who took the wrong path. She's not a bad person; she's simply made wrong choices. However, when it comes to having involvement in the Nazi's liquidation of the Jews, how "wrong" can you get? "You ask us to think like lawyers," cries on student, "what are we trying to do?" A distraught Michael replies, "We are trying to understand!" But, just who exactly is trying to grasp a deeper understanding: the court or Michael? How can Hanna's past be forgiven? Director Stephen Daldry brings the much needed emotional layer that a character such as Hanna Schmitz desperately needs. Although her actions are beyond unforgivable, strangely, we sympathize with her. Maybe it's her other shameful secret. Maybe it's superb character development.

"The Reader" is a film that is driven by it's raw performances. In one of her finest hours, Kate Winslet gives the performance of a lifetime. It's a haunting and heart-breaking. David Kross, who's only 18, is impressive as the teenager with raging hormones; it's such a daring performance. Winselt and Kross bring this picture together. Their performances are jaw-droppingly brilliant. Completing the role of Michael, as the tortured grown man, is Ralph Fiennes, who balances Michael's despair through his melancholic emotion when he encounters a grown Jewish woman, played by Lena Olin, who was also at Hanna's trail. Although her scenes clock in less than 10 minutes, Olin, too, is breathtaking.

When "The Reader's" credits rolled, I sat quietly shaken by what I had witnessed. It's a film that is impossible to forget. When a grown Michael asks Hanna, "Have you spent much time thinking about the past?" Heartbroken, she replies, "It doesn't matter what I think. It doesn't matter what I feel. The dead are still dead." She's right.

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