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  (in credits order)

Helen Mirren ... Emerenc

Martina Gedeck ... Magda
Károly Eperjes ... Tibor
Gábor Koncz ... Lieutenant Colonel
Enikö Börcsök ... Sutu
Ági Szirtes ... Polett

Erika Marozsán ... Évike Grossmann
Ildikó Tóth ... Doctor
Mari Nagy ... Adél
Péter Andorai ... Mr. Brodarics

Lajos Kovács ... Handyman
Csaba Pindroch ... Emerenc's Nephew
Dénes Ujlaky ... Emerenc's Grandfather
Anna Szandtner ... Young Emerenc
Réka Tenki ... Emerenc's Mother
Dóra Gáspárvalvi ... Little Emerenc
Irén Bódis ... Emerenc's Cousin
Lina Geiger ... Little Érike Grossmann
Eliza Sodró ... Clerk
Jirí Menzel ... Surgeon
Ferenc Salamon ... Professor
Livia Habermann ... Nurse (as Lívia Hábermann)

Ferenc Elek ... Television Director
Zoltán Varga ... Lawyer's Son
István Komlós ... Brigade Leader
Attila Vincze ... Butcher
Lajos Mészáros ... Magda's Father
Gyöngyi Szentpéteri ... Magda's Mother
Péter Nagy ... Grossmann Father
Alexandra Suba ... Grossmann Mother
Kata Pruzsián ... Twins
Sára Pruzsián ... Twins
László Kovács ... Postman
László Bombolya ... Driver from Csabadul
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
András Márton ... Pigeon Keeper (uncredited)

Directed by
István Szabó 
Writing credits
Magda Szabó (novel)

István Szabó (screenplay) and
Andrea Vészits (screenplay)

Produced by
Phil Hunt .... executive producer
Jenõ Hábermann .... producer
Marco Mehlitz .... executive producer
Compton Ross .... executive producer
István Szabó .... executive producer
Sándor Söth .... producer
Gábor Téni .... line producer
Cinematography by
Elemér Ragályi 
Film Editing by
Réka Lemhényi 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
Production Design by
Lóránt Jávor 
Set Decoration by
Miklós Molnár 
Costume Design by
Györgyi Szakács 
Makeup Department
Egonné Endrényi .... makeup artist: Martina Gedeck (as Judit Endrényiné)
Erzsébet Forgács .... key makeup artist: Helen Mirren
Gabriella Németh .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Attila Horváth .... production manager
Peter Kreutz .... production manager
Péter Magyar .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
László Janicsek .... assistant director
David Steinberger .... assistant director
Art Department
Gergely Csóri .... set dresser (as Gergö Csóri)
Nele Jordan .... props assistant
Gábor Szabó .... construction carpenter
Barbara Szlávik .... decoration painter
Sound Department
Christian Conrad .... supervising sound editor
Naomi Dandridge .... adr mixer
Csaba Erös .... boom operator: Hungary
Günther Friedhoff .... adr mixer: german version
Sebastian Heyser .... foley editor
Eric Horstmann .... re-recording stage engineer
Daniel Iribarren .... adr editor
Simon Kaye .... sound mixer
János Köporosy .... sound recordist
Martin Langenbach .... foley artist
György Rajna .... boom operator: Hungary
Dominik Schleier .... supervising sound editor
Szabolcs Stella .... boom operator
Martin Steyer .... sound re-recording mixer
Lionel Strutt .... adr coordinator
Christoph Wieczorek .... foley mixer
Christoph Wieczorek .... supervising foley editor
Special Effects by
János Berki .... special effects technician
Furedi Csaba .... special effects technician
Ferenc Ormos .... special effects supervisor
Norbert Orosz .... special effects technician
Michael Steinbacher .... snow effects
Lucien Stephenson .... snow effects
Visual Effects by
Anne Balthasar .... digital compositor: Arri (as Anne Fuhrmann)
Andrzej Bandurski .... fx technical director: ARRI
Andrei Dimitriu .... assistant visual effects supervisor
David Laubsch .... compositor
Joel LeLièvre .... digital effects artist
Katja Müller .... visual effects producer
Min Tesch .... visual effects artist
Tobias Wiesner .... senior digital compositor: ARRI Digital Film
Zoltán Gulyás Kiss .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
János Csikesz .... electrician
Buda Gulyás .... camera operator
Ákos Gulyás .... second assistant camera
Miklós Hajdu .... gaffer
Tamás Jánossa .... "b"camera focus puller
András Khin .... steadicam operator
Gusztáv Kirsch .... first assistant camera
Zsolt Magyari .... camera trainee
Andreas Pietschmann .... video playback operator: Germany
Kristóf Párdányi .... second assistant camera
Dietrich Schönherr .... electrician
Imre Sisa .... dolly grip
Imre Sisa .... key grip
Dániel Szandtner .... video playback operator
Dániel Szöke .... camera trainee
Gergely Vass .... video playback operator
Casting Department
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Tamás Kertész .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Júlia Kiss .... principal standby
Zsuzsa Stenger .... costume supervisor
Juli Szlávik .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Attila Csabai .... assistant editor
Anja Hemsing .... assistant editor: Germany
Dávid Jancsó .... supervising editor
Hanga Janovszki .... post-production coordinator
László Kovács .... telecine colorist: dailies
Erika Köcsky .... post production manager
Music Department
Dániel Hídvégi .... music editor
Dániel Hídvégi .... music recorded and mixed by
Transportation Department
Tim Großkurth .... personal driver: Helen Mirren, Germany
Zoltán Szepesi .... motorhome operator (as Zoltan Szepesi)
Other crew
Károly Ari .... arri laser
Károly Ari .... film scan
Eric Benz .... studio facilities
Anna Laura Boermck .... assistant production coordinator
Mel Churcher .... dialogue coach: Martina Gedeck
Luane Sandrin Gauer .... assistant to executive producer
Bastian Griese .... studio facilities
Zoltan Horkai .... head animal trainer
Peter Ivanyi .... head animal trainer
Kathleen McInnis .... publicity consultant
János Papp .... health & safety advisor
Edda Sharpe .... dialect coach
Bernhard Speck .... production controller
Domonkos Szász .... location manager
Zsuzsanna Szászi .... dialogue coach

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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A fine film from a great European director, 17 February 2013
Author: liehtzu from North Thailand

Szabo Istvan is not a contemplative filmmaker - which I don't really mean as an insult. A lot of "contemplative" filmmakers, at their worst, seem constipated more than anything (see some of the films of Szabo's younger countryman, Tarr Bela), whereas Szabo can achieve a forward propulsion that can at times be dazzling, as in the films with scenery-chewing actor Klaus Maria Brandeur that were the height of his international fame, or in "Being Julia." The director has a peculiar way of editing that has existed from his early Hungarian features ("Father," "25 Fireman's Street"); scenes often end abruptly, as though he had chopped the end off them, and then run to the next scene. This gives Szabos' films an odd rhythm that is alluring in his best work, but maddening and even incoherent in his less successful efforts.

"The Door" is not a peak; it is hardly a failure either. It shows the Szabo style at its best and worst. The dialogue is flung out by the actors, and can have the kind of hard brilliance that's found in the old screwball comedies (Helen Mirren, in what may be the best performance of her career as an astonishingly cantankerous old cleaning woman, has some especially hilarious insults and bitter, sour-faced advice-dispensing here), but much of it is also simply hard to catch. The movie keeps a fine, sprinting pace most of the way through. It only starts to crumble in the final quarter, at which point I admit I wasn't entirely sure what was going on. And here we have the failure of Szabo's films uncontemplative style. Watching his less successful films it is as if his producer has told him that he absolutely must clock in at under a certain time. "The Door" feels rushed; it hurries to the end, and suffers for it. One feels the same in other films directed by Szabo: "Taking Sides," which is gripping and interesting but finally frustrating, and the ambitious "Sunshine," which attempts to stuff Hungarian history from the late 19th century to the post-war era in under three hours.

Still, "The Door" is almost a great film from one of the last living European film directors of the old school. All of Szabo's work is worth seeking out. It's a shame that the few remaining filmmakers in the grand European style are marginalized - even when they make fine English-language movies with Oscar winners (see also Tavernier's "In the Electric Mist"), it's lucky if these see the light of day in most countries, while young "provocateurs" with nothing to say are lauded in the major festivals. And there's something at my local cinema titled "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters"...

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