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Hanussen (1988)

A man's story parallels Hitler's rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim. Bettleheim discovers that Schneider possesses powers of... See full summary »

Director:

István Szabó

Writers:

Péter Dobai, Erik Jan Hanussen (autobiography) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Klaus Schneider / Eric Jan Hanussen
Erland Josephson ... Dr. Bettelheim
Ildikó Bánsági Ildikó Bánsági ... Sister Betty
Walter Schmidinger Walter Schmidinger ... Propaganda chief
Károly Eperjes Károly Eperjes ... Captain Tibor Nowotny
Grazyna Szapolowska ... Valery de la Meer
Colette Pilz-Warren Colette Pilz-Warren ... Dagma
Adrianna Biedrzynska ... Wally
György Cserhalmi ... Count Trantow-Waldbach
Michal Bajor ... Becker
Jirí Adamíra ... Rattinger
Róbert Rátonyi Róbert Rátonyi ... Prof. Gábor
Kalina Jedrusik ... (as Kalyna Dygat Jydrusik)
Gabriela Kownacka ... Wife of Propaganda Chief
Ewa Blaszczyk ... Hennie Stahlová
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Storyline

A man's story parallels Hitler's rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim. Bettleheim discovers that Schneider possesses powers of empathy and of clairvoyance, such that could aid suicidal patients. After the war, with one friend as his manager and another as his lover, Schneider changes his name to Eric Jan Hanussen and goes to Berlin, as a hypnotist and clairvoyant performing in halls and theaters. He always speaks the truth, which brings him to the attention of powerful Nazis. He predicts their rise (good propaganda for them) and their violence (not so good). He's in pain and at risk. What is Hanussen's future? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Language:

Hungarian | German

Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hanussen, el adivino See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,504, 8 March 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$82,635
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (laserdisc)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Prosecutor: Ah, you are saying you can read people's thoughts.
Klaus Schneider: Yes.
Prosecutor: And you can tell them their future?
Klaus Schneider: Yes.
Prosecutor: May I ask my own future?
Klaus Schneider: You are going to lose this case.
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Terrific film
12 December 1999 | by malatzkySee all my reviews

Of the many Brandauer films I have seen, this is the best. He has a truly extraordinary face and he really acts with his expressions.

As usual,Szabo throws in the Hungarian factor even though most of his films occur outside of his home country. And very little Hungarian is spoken. This character Hanussen is based on a true story, but since I don't believe in the supernatural I can't validate what happens in the film as true. Szabo makes consistently interesting films but it seems that all I have seen has been under Communist rule


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