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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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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 forgotten gem of cinema, still relevant today.
24 October 2004 | by z2228930See all my reviews

Some movies are able to capture the feel, look and presence of a particular time; Roses for the prosecutor is such a film. All elements come together, the performances of the actors, the cinematography, the script and direction all work in synch to produce a slice of post WWII West Germany.

The two male leads are fantastic, if only there were actors with their natural talent in today's Hollywood! The Prosecutor is played as a caricature of certain sections of German society who managed to re-invent themselves as 'democrats' after the Nazi defeat of 1945, while actually having been deeply involved with the National Socialist regime.

The young vagabond played by Walter Giller must be one of the most poignant and loving characterizations of hermits in any film I've ever seen. Some may consider him a loser, or an anti-hero perhaps, but in reality he is the only person true to himself in the picture. The slouch and haggard walk of the character will be imprinted in my mind forever.

But that is not all the film has to offer, all the minor characters are so aptly portrayed by all the cast, giving a most accurate portrayal of West German society after the war. Pay particular attention to the reactions of the shop-keeper, insurance broker and architect when they hear Rudi's harrowing tale, and their subsequent behaviour the following day. It's uncanny how accurate and contemporary the film still is in today's world.

And this deeply moving film manages to be funny while dealing with all these very serious themes. Just wonderful.


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