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Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace (2000)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, History | 24 August 2000 (Germany)
The story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German clergyman of great distinction, who actively opposed Hitler and the Nazis. His convictions cost him his life.

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Eric Till
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ulrich Tukur ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Johanna Klante Johanna Klante ... Maria Von Wedemeyer
Robert Joy ... Manfred Roeder
R.H. Thomson ... Knobloch
Tatjana Blacher Tatjana Blacher ... Christel von Dohnanyi
Ulrich Noethen ... Hans Von Dohnanyi
Susanne Lothar ... Sabine Leibholz
Richard Partington Richard Partington ... Reinhold Niebuhr
Dominique Horwitz ... Gerhard Leibholz
Justus von Dohnányi Justus von Dohnányi ... Eberhard Bethge
Rosemarie Fendel Rosemarie Fendel ... Ruth von Kleist-Retzow
Christian Goebel ... Captain Ludwig Gehre
Blu Mankuma ... Frank Fischer
Dieter Kirchlechner ... Josef Müller
Christian Doermer ... General Hans Oster
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A Lutheran church outside of Germany. Those close with the minister, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, advise him not to return to Germany, but a doctor insists that he must due to his religious beliefs. Despite the possibility of persecution by the Nazis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer returns to Germany and preaches of the Jews and against Hitler and his Nazi agenda. Written by BR

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A true story of love, courage and sacrifice.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,099, 20 June 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$296,181, 4 April 2004
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Justus von Dohnányi, who plays Eberhard Bethge, is a great-nephew of the real Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as well as the grandson of Hans von Dohnanyi (portrayed by Ulrich Noethen). See more »

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When Bonhoeffer is transported in a truck, along with other prisoners, his glasses disappear and reappear between shots. See more »

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R.H. Thomson is listed in the opening credits, but not in the closing ones. See more »

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Very low-key but good.
22 September 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film was made by a small production company and most of the actors are unfamiliar. However, in spite of this, the film is a well-made drama about an amazing man of faith, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was a German Lutheran minister who managed to make a nuisance of himself--and as a result he spent the last part of WWII in prison awaiting execution.

Overall, this is a very good film and was a treat as a historical and religious film--though its Biblical message is not even close to heavy-handed or preachy (so anyone can enjoy it and its message). The acting, sets and direction were also quite good. My only reservation concerns the tempo of the film--it is very, very slow-paced and low-key. Some might be put off by this, but if you can get through this you'll likely enjoy learning about this interesting man. Not great, but very good--especially with such a small budget.

By the way, I did a tiny bit of research about this man and was surprised to see that the actor playing him actually looked very, very much like Bonhoeffer.


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