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Reunion (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama | 17 May 1989 (France)
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... See full summary »

Director:

Jerry Schatzberg

Writers:

Harold Pinter, Fred Uhlman (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... Henry Strauss
Christien Anholt ... Hans Strauss, as a young man
Samuel West ... Count Konradin von Lohenburg
Françoise Fabian ... Countess von Lohenburg
Maureen Kerwin ... Lisa
Dorothea Alexander Dorothea Alexander ... Old Countess Gertrud
Frank Baker Frank Baker ... The Zionist
Tim Barker Tim Barker ... Zimmermann - a teacher
Imke Barnstedt Imke Barnstedt ... Girl in Tax Building
Gideon Boulting ... Prince Hubertus
Alan Bowyer Alan Bowyer ... Bollacher
Jacques Brunet Jacques Brunet ... Count von Lohenburg
Rupert Degas ... Muller
Robert Dietl ... Gardener at Old Grafin's
Luc-Antoine Diquéro Luc-Antoine Diquéro ... Young Lover
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Storyline

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. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France | West Germany | UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

17 May 1989 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Anilar See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Schatzberg said that he was very careful to change any word of Pinter's script whilst shooting. Whenever Schatzberg changed something, the British cast was also very cautious, and usually asked "does Mr. Pinter know about it?". He reassured them by saying "I will call him" - and he did. Pinter had no problems with the changes. See more »

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In 1932, Germany used the same flag it uses today. That flag was used 1848-1852, 1919-1933, and 1950-present. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jakob Strauss: This is the land of Goethe and Schiller and Beethoven. They won't fall for that!
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A rare example of involving storytelling.
10 January 2004 | by dvdbSee all my reviews

I saw the film only once, way back in 1989 when it came out in Europe. I was very touched than: the film, its characters, colors, landscapes and music echoed in my head and heart for a long time after, although I remember beeing under heavy private and professional pressure at the time.

Those echos never stopped to come up, and two weeks ago, after a long night with some friends discussing films, directors and so forth, Jerry Schatzberg's name came up, and I could not withstand to recount my experience with REUNION. The day after I rented the film: believe me, after 15 years it had almost the same effect on me. "Almost" because after 15 years I have changed...

I'd hope more people would make films like that, not only plotwise: Schatzberg's craftsmanship and art of storytelling makes him one of the finest artists of his kind.

P.S.: If in this review I would rather not talk about the plot, characters or other details, this is because I don't want to spoil your viewing pleasure. If a review makes you curious, go rent the film: you will not be disappointed...


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