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The Legend of Rita (2000)

Die Stille nach dem Schuss (original title)
The riveting true story of Rita Vogt, a 1970s West German terrorist who escapes to the East with the help of the Stasi. She lives in constant fear of having her cover blown, until it unavoidably happens after the German re-unification.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bibiana Beglau ... Rita Vogt
Martin Wuttke ... Erwin Hull
Nadja Uhl ... Tatjana
Harald Schrott ... Andreas 'Andi' Klein
Alexander Beyer ... Jochen Pettka
Jenny Schily ... Friederike Adebach
Mario Irrek Mario Irrek ... Joachim Klatte
Franca Kastein Franca Kastein ... Anna
Thomas Arnold ... Gerngross
Dietrich Körner Dietrich Körner ... General
Rudolf Donath Rudolf Donath ... Tatjanas Vater (as Rudolph Donath)
Monika Pietsch Monika Pietsch ... Tatjanas Mutter
Matthias Wien Matthias Wien ... Doktor Gruber (as Matti Wien)
Petra Ehlert Petra Ehlert ... Beate
Hannelore Schubert Hannelore Schubert ... Christa


Rita Vogt is a radical West German terrorist who abandons the revolution and settles in East Germany with a new identity provided by the East German secret service. She lives in constant fear of having her cover blown, which unavoidably happens after the German re-unification. Written by Marcelo R. <marcelo_fpr@hotmail.com>

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Rita is working in a railway vehicle factory as part of her second legend, supposedly in 1989. But in one scene, when Rita is walking across the factory yard, one can clearly see car bodies of class 481 EMUs and H-Type metro vehicles, not in production until the late 1990s. See more »


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A film that stays with you
28 August 2002 | by rosscinemaSee all my reviews

This is the type of film that I wish were made more often. Volker Schlondorff reminds us that he's still a terrific director and really has gone back to his roots with this film. Rita is presented as a terrorist. Then seems to have left the revolution for another life and hope her past doesn't catch up. Were not suppose to feel pity or hatred towards this woman. Just watch and experience a fascinating character that is presented and not judge her morals. Hollywood would have ruined this film by making Rita sympathetic. Bibiana Beglau plays Rita and she is absolutely magnificent. Strong, smart and opinionated. But she's also vulnerable so her character is very interesting to watch. Beglau has a real presence on film and the strength of her personality shows throughout this film. I cannot wait to see her again in another film. Schlondorff's film and its portrayal of Rita is unflinching. The last scene in the film comes suddenly and leave's a haunting image in our psyche. The song that plays as the film ends I found to be very affecting and helps create an indelible aura for the film. Very strong film by a great director and acted by a great talent in Beglau.

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14 September 2000 (Germany) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,318, 28 January 2001

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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