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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Klaus Schneider / Eric Jan Hanussen
... Dr. Bettelheim
Ildikó Bánsági ... Sister Betty
Walter Schmidinger ... Propaganda chief
Károly Eperjes ... Captain Tibor Nowotny
... Valery de la Meer
Colette Pilz-Warren ... Dagma
... Wally
... Count Trantow-Waldbach
... Becker
... Rattinger
Róbert Rátonyi ... Prof. Gábor
... (as Kalyna Dygat Jydrusik)
... Wife of Propaganda Chief
... Hennie Stahlová
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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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Drama | History

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10 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hanussen, el adivino  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$15,504, 8 March 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$82,635
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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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31 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

István Szabó is one of the best directors in Europe. He doesn't use any special effects, only unusual, demanding stories and Europe's best actors. He is an international director but he never forgets that he is actually Hungarian and there are always some Hungarian speaking people in his movies.

In "Hanussen" he tells the very gripping story of a man who predicts Hitler's advancement. It was a most interesting film and I was a bit disturbed afterwards because they didn't make it quite clear whether it's based on a true story or not.

However, watch this movie. It's also a great performance by Klaus Maria Brandauer.


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