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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975)

Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum (original title)
A young woman's life is scrutinized by police and tabloid press after she spends the night with a suspected terrorist.

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Heinrich Böll (novel), Volker Schlöndorff (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Winkler ... Katharina Blum
Mario Adorf ... Kommissar Beizmenne
Dieter Laser ... Werner Tötges
Jürgen Prochnow ... Ludwig Götten
Heinz Bennent ... Dr. Hubert Blorna
Hannelore Hoger ... Trude Blorna
Rolf Becker ... Staatsanwalt Hach
Harald Kuhlmann Harald Kuhlmann ... Moeding
Herbert Fux ... Weninger
Regine Lutz Regine Lutz ... Else Woltersheim
Werner Eichhorn Werner Eichhorn ... Konrad Beiters
Karl Heinz Vosgerau ... Alois Sträubleder
Angelika Hillebrecht Angelika Hillebrecht ... Frau Pletzer
Horatius Häberle Horatius Häberle ... Staatsanwalt Dr. Korten (as Horatius Haeberle)
Henry van Lyck ... 'Scheich' Karl
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Storyline

Katharina Blum is a young handsome German maid. She meets Ludwig, and they fall in love at once. They spend the night together. In the morning, the police bursts in her flat, looking for Ludwig : he is a terrorist. But he was no longer here. Katharina is arrested, humiliated, suspected to be a terrorist herself, dragged in the mud by the newspapers... A plea for democracy and individual rights. Written by Yepok

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

10 October 1975 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum See more »

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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the end of the movie, there is the following note: "Personen und Handlung sind frei erfunden. Ähnlichkeiten mit gewissen journalistischen sind weder beabsichtigt, noch zufällig, sondern unvermeidlich." This means: "Characters and events are fictitious. Description of certain journalistic practices is neither intentional nor accidental, but unavoidable." See more »

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Katharina's car has two different license plates. See more »

Quotes

Lüding, Verleger: The shots that killed Werner Tötges didn't hit him alone. They were aimed at Freedom of the Press, one of the most precious values of our young Democracy. And these shots - for us who stand here in grief and horror - they strike us. Just as they struck him. Who doesn't feel the wound? Who doesn't feel the sorrow above and beyond one's personal concerns? Who doesn't feel the breath of terror, the savage of anarchy, the violence which is undermining the foundations of our liberal-democratic order...
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Crazy Credits

The legal disclaimer reads as follows: 'Personen und Handlung sind frei erfunden. Sollten sich bei der Schilderung gewisser journalistischer Praktiken Aehnlichkeiten mit den Praktiken der BILD-Zeitung ergeben haben, so sind diese Aehnlichkeiten weder beabsichtigt noch zufaellig, sondern unvermeidlich.' (Characters and plot are purely fictitious. Similarities with journalistic practices of the newspaper "BILD" are neither intended nor coincidental, but inevitable.) This is a direct quote from the introduction to the original novel by Heinrich Böll. See more »

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Better than the book
7 December 2002 | by JossJoss5000See all my reviews

I read before the novel I saw the film (in my german class) and I have to say this adaption is way better than the book. The book by Heinrich Böll is not easy to read, it's actually very boring and sometimes you just want to throw it at the wall because Böll often just philosophies about some unimportant things. The film concentrates on the "real" story of Katharina Blum and creates an intense portrait of a young woman who becomes a victim of the tabloid press. It's really good and Angela Winkler gives us a superb performance. 7/10.


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