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The Innocent (1993)

R | | Drama | 1 September 1995 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Glass
Isabella Rossellini ... Maria
Campbell Scott ... Leonard
Ronald Nitschke ... Otto
Hart Bochner ... Russell
James Grant James Grant ... MacNamee
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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Trivia

This movie used soldiers from the U.S., Great Britain, and the Soviet Union as extras and bit parts. After initially giving his permission, the Soviet Commander rescinded it. Director John Schlesinger was in contact with a subordinate, and they secretly assembled some troops in a hidden location, where Schlesinger sent a bus to pick them up. 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 »

Quotes

Glass: Nothing to do with this job ever goes home with you.
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Soundtracks

GLAUBE MIR
Composed by Gerhard Winkler and Fred Rauch
Published by Papageno Verlag Hans Sikorski
Berry Music Co. Ltd.
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Sometimes It's Better to Stick to Business
22 January 2013 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

There are a couple guys whose movies I will automatically see if possible: Gene Hackman and Anthony Hopkins. Because the latter was in this one, I gave it a go. Unfortunately, I never bought into his character. It's not for the effort made by a wonderful actor. It's a bad casting choice. He seems out of place. I'm also intrigued by the guy whose job it is to be involved in espionage, ignoring the warnings of his superiors. Hopkins knows this guys every move and knows that he has become an imperfect cog in the works. Granted, this goes back many years and the sophistication of the world of the spy has changed, but there is so much carelessness here. We also have fragile characters who probably should never have been signed up for this job. Anyway, when Hopkins' character moves in, I just never buy it. I also never buy the business of creating a relationship, only to betray it and ultimately gain nothing from it. This is a poor man's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." It is so lacking on so many levels. It also has a pretty schmaltzy ending which I won't betray. See what you think.


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Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

Germany | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$283,260, 4 September 1995

Gross USA:

$525,955

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$525,955
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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