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Amen. (2002)

Not Rated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 27 February 2002 (France)
During WWII SS officer Kurt Gerstein tries to inform Pope Pius XII about Jews being sent to extermination camps. Young Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana helps him in the difficult mission to inform the world.

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Costa-Gavras

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mathieu Kassovitz ... Riccardo Fontana
Ulrich Tukur ... Kurt Gerstein
Ulrich Mühe ... Doctor
Michel Duchaussoy ... Cardinal
Ion Caramitru ... Count Fontana
Marcel Iures ... Pope
Friedrich von Thun ... Gerstein's Father
Antje Schmidt Antje Schmidt ... Mrs. Gerstein
Hanns Zischler ... Grawitz
Sebastian Koch ... Höss
Erich Hallhuber Erich Hallhuber ... Von Rutta
Burkhard Heyl Burkhard Heyl ... Director
Angus MacInnes ... Tittman
Bernd Fischerauer Bernd Fischerauer ... Bishop von Galen
Pierre Franckh ... Pastor Wehr
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Storyline

In World War II, the sanitation engineer and family man Kurt Gerstein is assigned by SS to be the Head of the Institute for Hygiene to purify the water for the German Army in the front. Later, he is invited to participate in termination of plagues in the concentration camps and he develops the lethal gas Zyklon-B. When he witnesses that the SS is killing Jews instead, he decides to denounce the genocide to the Pope to expose to the world and save the Jewish families. The idealist Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana from an influent Italian family gives his best efforts being the liaison of Gerstein and the leaders of the Vatican. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Biography | Crime | Drama | War

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France | Germany | Romania

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English | French | Italian | German

Release Date:

27 February 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Eyewitness See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF103,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,284, 26 January 2003

Gross USA:

$274,299

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,419,052
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Marina Berti. See more »

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After 10.10 in the film, the car passing is an IFA F9, which was produced in Germany from 1949 to April 1956. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stephan Lux: [interrupting a session of the Assembly of the League of Nations, Geneve, 1936] My name is Stephan Lux. I am Jewish. The Jews are being persecuted in Germany and the world doesn't care.
[He draws a pistol]
Stephan Lux: I see no other way to reach people's hearts.
[He shoots himself]
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Powerful and Striking
14 October 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In World War II, the sanitation engineer and family man Kurt Gerstein (Ulrich Tukur) is assigned by SS to be the Head of the Institute for Hygiene to purify the water for the German Army in the front. Later, he is invited to participate in termination of plagues in the concentration camps and he develops the lethal gas Zyklon-B. When he witnesses that the SS is killing Jews instead, he decides to denounce the genocide to the Pope to expose to the world and save the Jewish families. The idealist Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana (Mathieu Kassovitz) from an influent Italian family gives his best efforts being the liaison of Gerstein and the leaders of the Vatican.

I do not have the knowledge of history to know whether this story is accurate or manipulative, but as a movie it is powerful and striking. Costa-Gavras directs this film about Holocaust based on the history of the German Kurt Gerstein, who unsuccessfully tried to tell the world about the mass murderers in the concentration camps. The performance of Ulrich Tukur is magnificent, giving total credibility to his character. With regard to the role of the Catholic Church, I believe the exposition is simplistic and does not show the big picture of the political environment that the Vatican was living in that historical moment, focusing only in the attempt of the SS officer in having an audience with the Pope. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Amém." ("Amen.")


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