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The Man in the Glass Booth (1975)

Not Rated | | Drama | 27 January 1975 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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 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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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>

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

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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

27 January 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre de la cabina de cristal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Pryor claimed to have seen the film 40 times. He eventually married Jennifer Lee Pryor who plays Laura Shavelson. See more »

Goofs

The X-ray that the attorney holds up is supposedly the defendant's shoulder. In fact it shows a woman's pelvis, with an IUD in place. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Goldman: Passion play is a passion play.
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Soundtracks

Czardas
(uncredited)
Music by Vittorio Monti
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Powerful and thought provoking.
11 January 2004 | by michael h siegelSee all my reviews

I have viewed this movie many times in a poor quality VHS and now finally on DVD. It's difficult to explain the impact this movie can have and one viewing will not do it. It takes several viewings to really get the plot line. Millionaire Jewish entrepreneur Arthur Goldman rules his financial empire from a penthouse apartment overlooking Manhattan. Seemingly at the edge of sanity, Goldman holds forth on everyting from Papal edicts to ex-wives, from baseball to his family's massacre in a Nazi concentration camp. When Goldman remarks on a blue Mercedes continuously parked outside his building, Goldman's captive audience of assistant and chauffeur dismiss their boss' anxiety as encroaching paranoia. But each of Goldman's passionate, seemingly capricious ravings are transformed into a shocking, inadvertent deposition when Israeli agents capture Goldman and put him on trial as Adolph Dorf, the commandant of the concentration camp where Goldman's family was supposedly exterminated. In a trial scene of unrelenting intensity, crafts what the Detroit Free Press called "a white-hot lead performance," mutating from eccentric Goldman to sociopath Dorf and beyond. The riddle of Dorf's true identity becomes wrapped in an enigma of cunning self-treachery and single-minded obsession.


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