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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>

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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

On the stage, in its original Broadway run at the Royale Theatre, "The Man in the Glass Booth" was directed by Harold Pinter whilst its lead character, Arthur Goldman, was played by Donald Pleasence. Unlike this film, Robert Shaw had a writer's credit for this stage production. All three received Tony Award nominations for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Play respectively. 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

Deitschland Uber Alles
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph Haydn
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Outstanding film
30 April 2004 | by LWoodsonSee all my reviews

Long unavailable, it is now obtainable in DVD and holds up rivitingly well 30 years later. My wife and I first saw it in the theatre when a few of the American Film Theatre movies were produced and released--and were absolutely blown away. The movie IS Maximilian Schell. The range, nuance, and dramatic mood shifts he brings to this part, which demands polar opposite emotions, are astonishing. How he was not nominated for an Academy Award (to my knowledge) is unbelievable. His performance is what animates this complicated set of twists and turns and brings enrichment of plot turns to a well crafted story with authentic psychological resonance at the climaxe of the film. Well worth your time! It is fascinating, by the way, to pair this movie with a viewing of "Judgment at Nuremburg" in which Schell plays the defense attorney of Nazi war criminals.


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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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