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Bonhoeffer (2003)

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Dramatic documentary about the young German pacifist and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer who resisted the Nazi regime and was hanged two weeks before World War II was over.


Martin Doblmeier





Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Doblmeier Martin Doblmeier ... Narrator (voice)
Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (voice)
Adele Schmidt Adele Schmidt ... Sabine (voice)
Richard Mancini Richard Mancini ... Bishop Bell (voice)
John Conway John Conway ... Himself
Wolfgang Huber Wolfgang Huber ... Himself
John De Gruchy John De Gruchy ... Himself
Jean Lasserre Jean Lasserre ... Himself
Otto Dudzus Otto Dudzus ... Himself
Victoria Barnett Victoria Barnett ... Herself
Renate Bethge Renate Bethge ... Herself
Christian Gremmels Christian Gremmels ... Himself
Desmond Tutu ... Himself
Eberhard Bethge Eberhard Bethge ... Himself
Winfried Mächler Winfried Mächler ... Himself


Portrait of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian who was imprisoned and killed by the Nazis for plotting to assassinate Hitler, conveys the essence of a man and his world. Bonhoeffer's life is lyrically presented, with his friends and family shedding light on his breakaway seminary, his travels to America and Harlem, his calls to change the world for better, and his noble attempts to respond to Nazi Germany as a Christian. Written by Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

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Pastor/Pacifist/Nazi Resister


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English | German

Release Date:

20 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,031, 29 August 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$163,720, 31 August 2003
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1.85 : 1
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Excellent movie
13 April 2004 | by journey794See all my reviews

Incredible detail. It lays out Bonhoeffer's entire life; his passion for Christ, his strivings to achieve peace among churches. He was a true hero, and more people need to hear the story of this young man brutally silenced by the Nazis a month before peace was declared. As a German and a Catholic, it was particularly hard for me to watch, since the Catholic church was also outed for signing a concordance with the Nazis in 1933. But as has always been said, it is best to understand the past to prevent repeating mistakes.

It is also interesting because of background information provided by the people in Bonhoeffer's life, such as a niece, nephew, close friend, and sister to his fiancee. Plus, for those who love the German language, many of his former students and some clergy speak in German on camera with a translation. Haunting and highly recommended.

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