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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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Release Date:

27 February 2002 (France) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 103,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$998,674 (France), 25 January 2002

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,284, 26 January 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$274,299, 10 August 2003
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on the very successful and controversial play "Der Stellvertreter. Ein christliches Trauerspiel" ["The Deputy, a Christian tragedy"] by German playwright Rolf Hochhuth, which started a lot of heated discussions, arguments and even diplomatic tensions after its premiere at West-Berlin's "Freie Volksbühne" on February 20, 1963. Within the same year, the play was produced at additional theatres in West-Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, France and Great Britain. "The Deputy" has been translated into more than 20 languages and the play has been produced in more than 80 cities worldwide since. It is now regarded as a classic of German post-war theatre. See more »

Goofs

The car arriving behind the fence after 12 minutes into the film is a 1948 Ford Pilot V8, and is too new to be featured under the WW2.The film also contains a Mercedes-Benz 170S, which is a 1949 model. The film is supposed to show WW2, several years earlier. 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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The Other Side
Hurdy Gurdy [Nickelharpa] Didier François
Viol [Viola Da Gamba]: Jean Gauthier
Arranged and Composed By Armand Amar
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In Europe as in Argentina.
17 November 2002 | by hkesselmSee all my reviews

The new movie from Costa-Gavras is as believable as his former ones: Z, The Confession, State of Siege, Missing. Perhaps his tale about the role of the Catholic Church can offer some doubts to Europeans and North-Americans subscribers of IMDB, but people who lived in Argentina during the last military dictatorship (1976-1983) can agree that there are coherency. In my country we had a lot of missing or killed Catholic priests and nuns. Riccardo Fontana represents them. Some bishops (De Nevares, Hesayne, Novak, perhaps another one) fought for human rights. But the official Church, including the papal nuncio, the rest of the bishops, and specially the "military vicars" (who gave "spiritual comfort" to torturers and pilots who threw human bodies to the River Plate) where in the same role that Pio XII and the Vatican staff. It is not an attack to Roman Catholics. Usually, the religious hierarchies are always in the side of the political power. You can see muslim priests giving spiritual comfort to terrorists, as rabbies in the Israel Army do to soldiers who killed a Palestinian family. "Our" soldiers are always dispensed from the observance of the Commandments.


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