7.2/10
329
8 user 11 critic

Bonhoeffer (2003)

Trailer
1:07 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Martin Doblmeier
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

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 ... Self
Wolfgang Huber Wolfgang Huber ... Self
John De Gruchy John De Gruchy ... Self
Jean Lasserre Jean Lasserre ... Self
Otto Dudzus Otto Dudzus ... Self
Victoria Barnett Victoria Barnett ... Self
Renate Bethge Renate Bethge ... Self
Christian Gremmels Christian Gremmels ... Self
Desmond Tutu ... Self
Eberhard Bethge Eberhard Bethge ... Self
Winfried Mächler Winfried Mächler ... Self
Learn more

More Like This 

Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace (TV Movie 2000)
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German clergyman of great distinction, who actively opposed Hitler and the Nazis. His convictions cost him his life.

Director: Eric Till
Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Johanna Klante, Robert Joy
Adventure | Biography | Drama

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor, theologian, spy, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity's role in the secular world have become widely influential.

Director: Spencer T. Folmar
Stars: Garry Pastore, Nathan Clarkson, Dax Spanogle
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A documentary telling the story of the last days of Dietrich Bonhoeffer through the eyes of the British ''Black Propaganda'' radio broadcast team.

Director: Kevin Ekvall
Stars: Gus Lynch, Aubrey Wakeling, Rebecca Summers
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary about the controversial Canadian university professor Jordan B. Peterson.

Director: Patricia Marcoccia
Stars: Gregg Hurwitz, Jordan B. Peterson, Lauren Southern
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Life and convictions of the anti-Nazi martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was hanged by Nazis two weeks before the US liberation of the concentration camp in Flossenberg

Director: T.N. Mohan
Stars: Edward Asner, Mike Farrell, Wink Martindale
Flawless (2007)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In 1960s London, an elderly janitor convinces a glass-ceiling constrained executive to help him steal a handful of diamonds from their employer, the London Diamond Corporation.

Director: Michael Radford
Stars: Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Lambert Wilson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The story of people whose lives intertwine during a dramatic winter in New York City.

Director: Lone Scherfig
Stars: Zoe Kazan, Esben Smed, Jack Fulton
Safe Haven I (2013)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Stars: Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Pastor/Pacifist/Nazi Resister


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

User Reviews

A great subject but made rather boring
21 October 2003 | by SwangirlSee all my reviews

The story of Dietrich Bonhoffer has been waiting to be told for some time. His life had many elements that easily make for a compelling movie. His refusal to fall in line with the Nazi party, his secret machinations to help overthrow Hitler and his eventual hanging as a spy are just a few of them.

Unfortunately, this documentary does little to build any excitement and mostly relies on a number of talking heads. Most of them are theological experts and historians. Some of them are prone to wander off on verbal tangents, losing the audience and losing focus.

The more interesting speakers are the people that actually knew the man, such as his brother-in-law and the sister of his fiance. Their recollections are the most insightful and interesting.

In the few times Bonhoffer is quoted, actor Klaus-Maria Brandauer speaks the words and does an excellent job. As someone else has noted, he would have done even better to have been the narrator. The person narrating the film seems rather wooden and distant from the material.

What truly seemed to be missing from this film was a sense of what drove Bonhoffer to do what he did --- which was to essentially break stride with the rest of the German Church and draw attention to himself in a time when such actions could cost him his life (which they eventually did). He spoke out against the mistreatment of Jews and even formed his own seminary. He went against his own pacifist views to take part in a plot to assassinate Hitler. What compelled him to do these things? The movie doesn't truly attempt to get at this.

While Bonhoffer is a good attempt at telling the story of a man who gave his life for what he believed in, it's honestly a rather boring documentary that will sadly be overlooked by most who aren't already familiar with Bonhoffer's life.


12 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

20 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,099, 22 June 2003

Gross USA:

$296,181

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$296,181
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed