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The Man in the Glass Booth (1975)

PG | | Drama | 27 January 1975 (USA)
Mossad agents kidnap an American Jewish man, accuse him of being a fugitive Nazi war criminal and take him to Jerusalem to face trial for genocide.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writer:

Edward Anhalt (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maximilian Schell ... Arthur Goldman
Lois Nettleton ... Miriam Rosen
Lawrence Pressman ... Charlie Cohn
Luther Adler ... Presiding Judge
Lloyd Bochner ... Dr. Churchill
Robert H. Harris ... Dr. Weisburger
Henry Brown ... Jack
Norbert Schiller ... Dr. Schmidt
Berry Kroeger ... Joachim Berger
Leonardo Cimino ... Dr. Alvarez
Connie Sawyer ... Mrs. Levi
Leonidas Ossetynski Leonidas Ossetynski ... Samuel Weisberg (as Leonidas Ossettynski)
David Nash David Nash ... Rami
Martin Berman Martin Berman ... Uri
Richard Rasof Richard Rasof ... Moshe
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Storyline

Arthur Goldman is a rich Jewish industrialist, living in luxury in a Manhattan high-rise. He banters with his assistant Charlie, often shocking Charlie with his outrageousness and irreverence about aspects of Jewish life. Nonetheless, Charlie is astonished when, one day, Israeli secret agents burst in and arrest Goldman for being not a Jewish businessman but a Nazi war criminal. Whisked to Israel for trial, Goldman forces his accusers to face not only his presumed guilt--but their own. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The kidnapping . . . . The masquerade . . . The murder trial . . . . Perhaps the most suspenseful shocker of our time.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Controversy arose when Maximilian Schell, an ethnic German, was cast in this film as New Yorker Jewish tycoon Arthur Goldman. Donald Pleasence had played Goldman on Broadway. See more »

Goofs

The Nazi Concentration Camps were run by the SS. The Wehrmacht (the regular German Army, also referred to as the Heer) was not directly involved in running the camps. Also The SS used it's own rank titles, so Dorf would have been known as a Standartenfuhrer instead of an Oberst (Colonel). See more »

Quotes

Arthur Goldman: Passion play is a passion play.
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Soundtracks

Es war ein Edelweiss
(uncredited)
Written by Herms Niel
Sung by Lawrence Pressman and Maximilian Schell
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Schell the enigma
3 March 2006 | by austral_athleticoSee all my reviews

"Booth," is Schell. Nominated for an Academy Award, he came up against Jack Nicholson in "One flew over the cuckoo's nest." Watch each film, then gauge each actor's performance. Then do it again. As fine as Nicholson is, he is a couple of classes behind Schell. Schell spent years specialising in this type of role, and absolutely perfected it in "booth". Olivier and Brando must take a secondary role to Schell, and I say that fully remembering Olivier's monologue in Rebecca, which was absolutely riveting.

I have many favourite films, Cinema Paradiso, Schindler's List, The Train, Wake in Fright, The Producers, Casablanca, to name a few. My choice is fairly orthodox, you would have to agree! But Schell makes "booth" my number one choice as greatest film ever. And Max is the greatest practitioner of the craft of acting I have ever seen.

As for the controversy associated with this film, I can fully understand it. No one comes out smelling to good in this movie, but in the end, it is humanity on trial, and human failings are, or should be forgiven.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

27 January 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man in the Glass Booth See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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