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The Innocent (1993)

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A young engineer is sent to post World War II Berlin to help the Americans, in spying on the Russians. In a time and place where discretion is still a man's best friend, he falls in love ... See full summary »

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writers:

Ian McEwan (novel), Ian McEwan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Glass
Isabella Rossellini ... Maria
Campbell Scott ... Leonard
Ronald Nitschke Ronald Nitschke ... Otto
Hart Bochner ... Russell
James Grant James Grant ... MacNamee
Jeremy Sinden Jeremy Sinden ... Captain Lofting
Richard Durden ... Black
Corey Johnson ... Lou
Richard Good Richard Good ... Piper
Lena Lessing Lena Lessing ... Jenny
Dana Golombek Dana Golombek ... Charlotte
Susanne Jansen Susanne Jansen ... Mermaid Singer
Christine Gerlach Christine Gerlach ... Woman with Dog
Ludger Pistor ... German Informer
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A young engineer is sent to post World War II Berlin to help the Americans, in spying on the Russians. In a time and place where discretion is still a man's best friend, he falls in love with a mysterious woman, who will take him on the dark side of evil. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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At a time of intrigue. In a world of secrets. The only thing you can trust is your heart.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, brief language and a sequence of violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

Germany | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El inocente See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Gross USA:

$553,454
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally to have featured Kyle MacLachlan, Willem Dafoe and, Lena Olin, but John Schlesinger re-cast their roles. See more »

Goofs

About two-thirds into the film, an unconscious man is discovered lying fully clothed on a bed. The first shot of the man shows only his left hand, palm down, near the left side of the bed. This implies that he is lying on his back. But moments later, in a wider shot, the man is shown lying face down. See more »

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Referenced in Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Episode #2.226 (1995) See more »

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PIANO ÉTUDE
Composed and Performed by Anthony Hopkins
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Another Schlessinger disappointment.
27 February 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

I don't go out of my way usually to see John Schlessinger movies-somehow Sunday, Bloody, Sunday never had the impact on me, that it did on others. In fact, I always have to remind myself that Herr. Schlesinger directed Cold Comfort Farm, seeing as I enjoyed it immensely.

Why then am I watching The Innocent? Two immediate reasons come to mind. First, my affinity for The Comfort of Strangers has sent me on a mission to find all adapted Ian McEwan novels. Second, the fact that Campbell Scott stars is something to which I immediately find appealing.

In recent years I've decided that Scott will soon become an important American actor…his almost genius cameos in The Daytrippers, and Big Night (which he also co-directed) as well as his starring role in David Mamet's Spanish Prisoner lend me to believe the young man is indeed on his way.

The film itself, unfortunately pales in comparison to a startling, brilliant piece of work like Comfort of Strangers. Anthony Hopkins is miscast as an American CIA agent, the story is shallow and uneven.

On to the next McEwan work.


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