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Frenchman Abel Tiffauges likes children, and wants to protect them against the grown-ups. Falsely suspected as child molester, he's recruited as a soldier in the 2nd World War, but very soon he is taken prisoner of war. After shortly... See more »

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Abel Tiffauges
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Count von Kaltenborn
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Chief Forester
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Frau Netta
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Fieldmarshall Göring
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SS-Officer Raufeisen
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Professor Blättchen
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Rachel
Sasha Hanau ...
Martine
Luc Florian ...
Prisoner of War
Laurent Spielvogel ...
Prisoner of War
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Prisoner of War
Philippe Sturbelle ...
Prisoner of War
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Lawyer
Jacques Ciron ...
State Attorney
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Brigadier
Patrick Floersheim ...
Police Inspector
Caspar Salmon ...
Young Abel
Daniel Smith ...
Nestor
Ryan O'Leary ...
Clément
Ilja Smoljanski ...
Ephraim
Lars Albiez ...
Lothar
Claude Degen ...
Priest
Thierry Monfray ...
Teacher
Jacques Brunet ...
Principal at School
Sylvie Huguel ...
Martine's Mother
Erick Deshors ...
Hervé
Jérôme Keen ...
Abel's Client
Lyèce Boukhitine ...
Ahmed
Christine Paolini ...
Nestor's Mother
Maximilian Haas ...
Napola Boy
Robert Beyer ...
Napola Boy
Norman Daugs ...
Napola Boy
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Messenger Officer
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Country Boy
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Country Boy's Mother
Piotr Grabowski ...
German Soldier
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Old Naploa-Teacher
Lothar Pinnig ...
Naploa-Teacher
Norbert Rakowski ...
SS-Mann
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Russian Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Teemu Lahtinen ...
Section leader (uncredited)
Pierre-Benoist Varoclier ...
Child at the boarding school (uncredited)

Directed by

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Volker Schlöndorff

Written by

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Michel Tournier ... (novel "Le Roi des Aulnes")
 
Jean-Claude Carrière ... () and
Volker Schlöndorff ... ()

Produced by

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Chris Auty ... associate producer
Claude Berri ... executive producer
Pierre Couveinhes ... associate producer
Andreas Grosch ... executive producer
Gebhard Henke ... producer
Lew Rywin ... executive producer
Rainer Simon ... associate producer
Jeremy Thomas ... executive producer
Ingrid Windisch ... producer

Music by

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Michael Nyman

Cinematography by

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Bruno de Keyzer

Film Editing by

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Nicolas Gaster
Peter Przygodda

Editorial Department

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Daniela Boch ... assistant editor
Etienne Boussac ... first assistant editor
Kerstin Dyroff ... post-production assistant

Casting By

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Karin Beewen

Production Design by

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Ezio Frigerio
Susanne Hein
Heinz Röske

Art Direction by

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Didier Naert

Set Decoration by

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Bernhard Henrich
Heinz Röske

Costume Design by

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Anna B. Sheppard

Makeup Department

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Xenia Felgendreher ... additional makeup artist
Peter Owen ... hair stylist: John Malkovich
Axel Zornow ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Arlette Danis ... production manager
Kerstin Dyroff ... post-production supervisor
Dorothea Hildebrandt ... production manager
Piotr Kolodziejczyk ... 2nd production manager
Michal Szczerbic ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Marek Brodzki ... assistant director
Marcel Just ... first assistant director
Andi Lang ... assistant director
Schoko Okroy ... first assistant director: second unit

Art Department

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Eric Bourges ... construction coordinator
Bertrand Clercq-Roques ... assistant art director (as Bertrand Clerq-Roques)
Hélène Dubreuil ... trainee
Jean-Michel Ducourty ... first assistant art director
Dierk Grahlow ... assistant construction manager
Andreas Herberg ... Tischler: Nicht Im Abspann
Axel Kahnt ... property master
Susanne Kleinlein ... painter
Robert Krüger ... scenic artist
Patrick Schmitt ... prop buyer
Torsten Schwartz ... lead plasterer
Julia Thomas ... property master
Waldemar Weiss ... construction coordinator
Berndt Wenzel ... lead plasterer

Sound Department

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Manfred Arbter ... sound mixer
Steven Ghouti ... boom operator
Rodney Glenn ... sound editor
Karl-Heinz Laabs ... sound
Uwe Lauterkorn ... foley editor
Sarah Morton ... dialogue editor

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Markus Geiger ... special effects technician
Michael Luppino ... special effects technician
Gerd Nefzer ... special effects technician (as Gerd Feuchter)
Uli Nefzer ... special effects supervisor
Waldemar Pokromski ... special effects makeup
Bernd Wildau ... special effects

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Seb Caudron ... digital compositor
Ricardo Herling ... colorist
Antoine Simkine ... visual effects executive producer: Duboi
Thomas Duval ... compositing supervisor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Alain Gaudiard ... stunts (as Alain Gaudlard)
Christian Hening ... stunts
Jean-Loup Michou ... stunts
Roland Neunreuther ... stunt coordinator

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Eric Gies ... electrician
Rodolphe Gonckel ... electrician
Dirk-Martin Heinzelmann ... first assistant camera
Martin Kenzie ... camera operator
Daniel Leterrier ... second assistant camera
Michael Sutor ... animal cinematographer
Dieter Welsch ... additional camera operator
Oliver Ziebe ... still photographer

Casting Department

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Leo Davis ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Gudrun Leyendecker ... assistant costume designer
Ingrid Weiss ... wardrobe: John Malkovich

Music Department

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Nigel Barr ... musician: bass trombone and tuba
Andrew Berryman ... musician: trombone
Nigel Black ... musician: horn and wagner tuba
Dominik Bollen ... music editor
Richard Clews ... musician: horn and wagner tuba
Gisela Critschow ... music supervisor
Chris Davies ... musician: horn and wagner tuba
Michael J. Dutton ... music engineer
Martin Elliott ... music editor
Andrew Findon ... musician: baritone saxophone, flute and piccolo (as Andy Findon)
Paul Gargham ... musician: horn and wagner tuba
Nigel Gomm ... musician: trumpet and flugelhorn
Simon Haram ... musician: soprano saxophone and alto saxophone
John Harle ... musician: soprano saxophone and alto saxophone
Gary Kettel ... musician: drums
David Lee ... musician: horn and wagner tuba
Michael Nyman ... music producer
Steve Sidwell ... musician: trumpet, piccolo trumpet and fluegelhorn

Script and Continuity Department

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Thomas Hezel ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Eve Kirchner ... production driver
Hartmut Kraft ... production driver

Other crew

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Werner Bergemann ... uniforms
Jerzy Celinski ... horse trainer
Claudia Davids ... production accountant
Thomas Duval ... compositing supervisor
Elzbieta Heleniak ... administrator
Pierre-Alain Hubert ... fireworks
Daniel Huhn ... trainee
Stephan Mallmann ... business affairs: Recorded Picture Company
Christophe Mazodier ... personal assistant to the director
Sandrine Molto ... production administration
Feliks Pastusiak ... production coordinator
Ursula Schlieper ... production accountant (as Uschi Schlieper)
Bill Timoney ... loop group: all ancillary voices
Harro von Have ... legal counsel: producer
Tatjana Zimek ... animal trainer
David H. Kramer ... adr loop group (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

Frenchman Abel Tiffauges likes children, and wants to protect them against the grown-ups. Falsely suspected as child molester, he's recruited as a soldier in the 2nd World War, but very soon he is taken prisoner of war. After shortly serving in Goerings hunting lodge, he becomes the dogsbody in Kaltenborn Castle, an elite training camp for German boys. Completely happy to take care of these children, he becomes a servant of Nazism, catching boys from the area as supplies for the camp. Written by Frank Wallner

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Also Known As
  • Le roi des aulnes (France)
  • The Ogre (World-wide, English title)
  • El ogro (Spain)
  • Ondskans officer (Sweden)
  • L'orco (Italy)
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  • 118 min
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Did You Know?

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Goofs Prior to the school fire, a caption says "Paris 1925". Upon his arrest as an adult, Abel, through his narration, remembers the fire as having happened "twenty years ago". This would place his adult scenes in 1945, but when he joins the French army after his arrest it is before the German occupation of Paris which would place his arrest in 1940. However, Abel is slow-witted and possibly does not have an accurate sense of time. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in John Malkovich (1998). See more »
Quotes Count von Kaltenborn: This whole beautiful country, to which we have given our souls, is utterly doomed. It's going to be wiped out of human memory. Our entire heritage, even our name, our ancestors' names, wiped out, all wiped out!
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