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Roses for the Prosecutor (1959)

Rosen für den Staatsanwalt (original title)
April 1945. Because he stole two boxes of chocolate, the soldier Rudi is sentenced to death by the court-martial judge Dr. Schramm. Rudi manages to escape from the firing squad at the last ... See full summary »

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Wolfgang Staudte
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Martin Held Martin Held ... Oberstaatsanwalt Dr. Wilhelm Schramm
Walter Giller ... Rudi Kleinschmidt
Ingrid van Bergen ... Lissy Flemming
Camilla Spira ... Hildegard Schramm
Werner Peters ... Otto Kugler
Wolfgang Wahl Wolfgang Wahl ... Defense Counsel
Paul Hartmann ... Landgerichtspräsident Diefenbach
Wolfgang Preiss ... Generalstaatsanwalt
Inge Meysel Inge Meysel ... Erna, Hausmädchen bei Schramms
Werner Finck ... Haase
Ralf Wolter Ralf Wolter ... Hessel
Roland Kaiser Roland Kaiser ... Werner Schramm
Henry Lorenzen Henry Lorenzen ... Graumann, Kellner bei Lissy
Wolfgang Neuss Wolfgang Neuss ... Paul, ein Lastwagenfahrer
Wolfgang Müller Wolfgang Müller ... Karl, ein Lastwagenfahrer
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April 1945. Because he stole two boxes of chocolate, the soldier Rudi is sentenced to death by the court-martial judge Dr. Schramm. Rudi manages to escape from the firing squad at the last minute due to an air force attack, and since the end of the war has been making a meager living as a street peddler. Years later, Dr. Schramm is now a respected public prosecutor. By chance, he runs into Rudi one day on the street. Afraid that Rudi will blow the whistle on him, Dr. Schramm wants to scare him out of town. He has Rudi arrested and bullied by the police. Desperate, Rudi again steals two boxes of chocolate from a store, hoping his old case will be reopened and Dr. Schramm's past brought to light. But Dr. Schramm has Rudi's death sentence removed from his file. During the trial, Schramm defends Rudi as he was his lawyer and not the prosecutor and suspicion rises. Finally his tongue slips and, without fully realizing what he is saying, demands that Rudi be sentenced to death. The trial is... Written by JAH

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Keine Angst vor heißen Eisen

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

9 May 1960 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Roses for the Prosecutor See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A comedy with something to say
16 December 2013 | by Richard Meyer-GlassSee all my reviews

This film is a searing critique of West German society in the post-war wirtschaftwunder years. Despite the bright new consumer society of the 1950's the ghosts of the immediate Nazi past just won't go away. Lots of delicious subtleties to look out for: the policeman giving directions to the police station starts to say 'Adolf Hilter Platz' but just stops himself in time and the quotation from the Horst Wesel Lied in the soundtrack when the Prosecutor enters the court building. The comedy mainly stems from the Prosecutor's frantic attempts to suppress any evidence of his Nazi past. Roses for the Prosecuter must have trod on many toes at the time. Definitely worth watching today - like all good satire this is also a very funny film.


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