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The Legend of Rita (2000)

Die Stille nach dem Schuß (original title)
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 ... See full summary »
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Cast

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 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
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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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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | French | English

Release Date:

14 September 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,318, 28 January 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$671,565, 25 March 2001
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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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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References Viva Maria! (1965) See more »

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Street Fighting Man
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A Volker Schlöndorff film which is more an entertainer than a political film.
19 June 2015 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

The Legend of Rita is about the lives of some young terrorists from West Germany who dreamed of making radical changes in the lives of people using violent means. It describes the tumultuous lives of these people especially their stay in East Germany by focusing on a particular person who is the film's protagonist. Although the film's pace is fast, it fails to do much justice to the topic it intended to portray. As events in the life of a terrorist are shown in a rapid succession without bothering to concentrate on one particular aspect, 'The Legend of Rita' takes the form of an entertainer as it distances itself too much from the radical stance viewed in hardcore political films. It appears that the director Volker Schlöndorff has sweetened his film to such a large extent that even East German secret service agents appear as if they were some kind of nice gentlemen with nothing but loads of goodness in their hearts. As a festival film, 'The legend of Rita' won some important prizes namely silver bear and best actress price shared by Bibiana Beglau and Nadja Uhl during Berlinale 2000. Finally, it is a nice film which can be watched with family and friends.


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