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The Nasty Girl (1990)

Das schreckliche Mädchen (original title)
When a young woman investigates her town's Nazi past, the community turns against her.

Director:

Michael Verhoeven
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lena Stolze Lena Stolze ... Sonja
Hans-Reinhard Müller Hans-Reinhard Müller ... Juckenack
Monika Baumgartner Monika Baumgartner ... Sonja's mother
Elisabeth Bertram Elisabeth Bertram ... Sonja's grandma
Michael Gahr Michael Gahr ... Paul Rosenberger
Robert Giggenbach Robert Giggenbach ... Martin
Fred Stillkrauth Fred Stillkrauth ... Sonja's uncle
Barbara Gallauner Barbara Gallauner ... Miss Juckenack
Udo Thomer Udo Thomer ... Archivist Schulz
Ludwig Wühr Ludwig Wühr ... Owner of the Swingboat
Christof Wackernagel Christof Wackernagel ... Zöpfel
Richard Süßmeier Richard Süßmeier ... The Mayor
Sandra White Sandra White ... Iris
Rudolf Klaffenböck Rudolf Klaffenböck ... The judge
Karin Thaler ... Nina
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Storyline

Sonja is a German high school student who participates in a writing contest and endeavors to write an essay about her town's history during the Third Reich and its resistance to it. To her dismay, and more so the town's, she uncovers instead definite collaboration during the period. As she digs deeper, she must struggle against the town's vocal and violent opposition to her search for the truth. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nasty Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,281,569
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Germany's official submission to the 1991's Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

Quotes

Local Doctor: If I'd known you'd be famous, I'd have preserved your appendix in alcohol.
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Connections

Referenced in Das Mädchen und die Stadt oder: Wie es wirklich war (1990) See more »

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stylistically strange but brilliant
12 August 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I really liked this movie a lot. Apart from a very brief nude scene and some strong (but appropriate in this situation) language at the end, this is an excellent movie for anyone about age 12 and up. It concerns a very nice young lady who is beloved by her small Bavarian town--until she makes the mistake of looking into the town's dark past. It starts innocently enough, as she is trying to write a paper about the town's heroes who resisted the Nazis. However, no one in town seems willing to talk about this "glorious resistance" and the town's archives are closed to her. Only after making herself a pain in the butt by suing the town repeatedly does she get ahold of records that prove little, if any resistance to the Nazis. In fact, many of the most beloved townsmen in fact HELPED and actively supported the Nazis.

The movie has a very odd artistic style. While it doesn't really detract from the film, you should see it to understand what I am talking about--it's quite unusual at times.

What is so interesting and incredible about the movie was how everyone turned against her so quickly and violently. My only complaint was that it only talked about German reactions to their past. On a trip to Salzburg, Austria just a few years back, I noticed a beautiful monument to the Waffen SS (the group that manned the death squads and enacted the "final solution") prominently displayed in the town's cemetery! Yes, this was the SAME cemetery in which the Von Trapp family hid in the movie The Sound of Music! If you are there some day, see it for yourself. It would be nice if someone confronted the apparently more open acceptance of their Nazi past here as well.


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