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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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Box Office

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

Paramount put the project into turnaround three weeks before filming was due to begin, forcing producer Norma Heyman to seek refinancing immediately. 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 »


Soundtracks

ADELHEID
Performed by Nick Curtis
Lyrics by Wieland Schulz-Keil (as W. Schulz-Keil)
License Courtesy of Lakehart/Editions Musicales Milan Music
Composed by Gerald Gouriet
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Geez, this was awful!
14 December 2005 | by trpdeanSee all my reviews

I knew nothing of this but the fact that it was adapted from a novel by the brilliant Ian McEwan (which I had not read), was directed by John Schlesinger (whose A Kind of Loving, Midnight Cowboy, Sunday Bloody Snday, Far From the Madding Crowd and particularly Darling I have always loved), and starred three actors I liked - Anthony Hopkins, Isabella Rosselini and Campbell Scott.

With these people, how could this have been SO awful? Oh my! From the very beginning, when we see that all three lead actors are chosen for roles different than their own nationalities - an absolutely bizarre Anthony Hopkins with an atrocious American accent playing a character created out of some apparent hatred of Americans, a wee timid Campbell Scott playing an Englishman who had apparently never really left the nursery and an Isabella Rosselini playing a German hausfrau -- we realize something is seriously SERIOUSLY wrong here.

We see scene after tedious scene that we've witnessed filmed FAR more interestingly in hundreds of other films.

We care nothing for the characters.

There are whole plot angles that are simply left dangling.

This is a disaster. Avoid it.


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