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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

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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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Emotional and surprising, great acting
19 December 2001 | by d-imdbSee all my reviews

Robards delivers a wonderful performance as an aging Jewish man who was sent away from Germany aged 16 in 1932 by his parents, for his own safety. He'd befriended a high-born non-Jewish boy his age prior to his departure. He returns to Germany to find out what happened to his friend. The ending is surprising and very deeply moving as a result of the significant, lengthy, and gratifying cinematic demonstration of their growing friendship as boys.


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