Two young boys from very different backgrounds become friends in 1933 Stuttgart. However, they don't realize how different they are until much later as one is the son of a well-to-do Jewish doctor and the other the son of a German aristocrat. After that summer and the election of Hitler, things change as anti-semitism gains fervor. After the core of the film deals with that era, the film flashes to the present and the Jewish man now returns to his boyhood home and seeks his old friend with some surprises.
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Did You Know?
In an interview made for the French DVD release in 2014, director Jerry Schatzberg explains that Anne François, the films producer, suggested that he should read Fred Uhlman's novel for a possible collaboration. He really liked the book and its "story of friendship in the beginning of the Nazi period". Schatzberg decided to hire a mostly British cast and a British screen writer to make the movie "feel more European". He came up with two names for a writer but they weren't available. A friend of the producer personally sent the book to Harold Pinter, who soon replied that he "loves the story". Schatzberg was reluctant to use Pinter at first, he couldn't envision Pinter's name on the script, and he was slightly intimidated by him. But after the two had a long conversation, Schatzberg was convinced that Pinter was the only person for the job. See more
In 1932, Germany used the same flag it uses today. That flag was used 1848-1852, 1919-1933, and 1950-present. See more
Count Konradin von Lohenburg
I believe in Hitler. I met him in Munich recently. He really impressed me. He is totally sincere. He has such... he has true passion. I think he can save our country. He is our only hope.