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Judgment in Berlin (1988)

PG | | Drama | 6 May 1988 (USA)
American judge in Germany must decide if the hijacking of an East German plane into West Berlin was justified.

Director:

Leo Penn

Writers:

Herbert J. Stern (based on the book "Judgment in Berlin" by), Joshua Sinclair (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Herbert J Stern
Sam Wanamaker ... Bernard Hellring
Max Gail ... Judah Best
Jürgen Heinrich ... Uri Andreyev
Heinz Hoenig ... Helmut Thiele
Carl Lumbly ... Edwin Palmer
Max Volkert Martens Max Volkert Martens ... Hans Schuster
Cristine Rose ... Marsha Stern
Marie Louise Sinclair Marie Louise Sinclair ... Kim Becker (as Marie-Louise Sinclair)
Joshua Sinclair ... Alan Sherman
Jutta Speidel ... Sigrid Radke
Harris Yulin ... Bruno Ristau
Sean Penn ... Guenther X
Burt Nelson Burt Nelson ... Colonel Heller
Malgorzata Gebel ... Beata Levandovska (as Malgoscha Gebel)
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Storyline

American judge in Germany must decide if the hijacking of an East German plane into West Berlin was justified.

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Taglines:

Only two things stand between him and freedom. The Iron Curtain... and the United States.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

West Germany | USA

Language:

English | Russian | German

Release Date:

6 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escape to Freedom See more »

Filming Locations:

West Berlin, Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$229,556
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sean Penn: witness at trial. Sean Penn is the son of Leo Penn, who directed this film. See more »

Goofs

The year of the trial is supposed to be around 1973 (date of Sigrid Radke's coerced confession), but the film was shot in contemporary Germany. In a street scene, Gunther X (Sean Penn) walks by a Berlin electronic shop advertising compact disk players (introduced in the early 1980's). Also, Judge Stern refers to the Nurenburg Trials as having occurred "45 years ago", which would refer to the present as around 1990. See more »

Connections

Features The Blue Angel (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Feuerwerk
Sung by Stephan Remmler
[Karl Schindler/Stephan Remmler/Martin Hoemberg]
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Very enjoyable.
23 May 2001 | by rhoughtonSee all my reviews

Being a sucker for courtroom dramas, I found this to be a very enjoyable movie. It's legal question marks were interesting to follow, and Martin Sheen's pivotal performance was very good. [I loved this actor from the time I first heard him laugh. It starts right down in his boots and just bubbles over in a very infectious manner.] Sean Penn's role was very small but crucial, and it shows what an incredibly talented actor he is. His use of a German accent was masterful. This isn't a great movie, but I think that most people would find it enjoyable.


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