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Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (original title)
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A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose.

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Marc Rothemund
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Jentsch ... Sophie Scholl
Alexander Held Alexander Held ... Robert Mohr
Fabian Hinrichs ... Hans Scholl
Johanna Gastdorf ... Else Gebel
André Hennicke ... Roland Freisler
Florian Stetter ... Christoph Probst
Maximilian Brückner ... Willi Graf
Johannes Suhm ... Alexander Schmorell
Lilli Jung Lilli Jung ... Gisela Schertling
Klaus Händl Klaus Händl ... Lohner
Petra Kelling ... Magdalena Scholl
Jörg Hube Jörg Hube ... Robert Scholl
Franz Staber Franz Staber ... Werner Scholl
Maria Hofstätter ... Wärterin
Wolfgang Pregler Wolfgang Pregler ... Jakob Schmid
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Storyline

The Final Days is the true story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine brought to life. Sophie Scholl is the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose. Using historical records of her incarceration, the film re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life: a journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence in 1943 Munich. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to her comrades, her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless. Written by Diaboyos

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In 1943, one young woman stood up to the Nazis, her courage made her a legend, this is her story . . . See more »


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This film's closing epilogue states: "The so-called People's Court imposed the death sentence on . . . [seven] . . . members of the White Rose . . . Harsh sentences were imposed on . . . [twelve members] . . . Other members of the White Rose suffered draconian punishments." See more »

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While being locked up in a Munich Gestapo prison cell the night from February 20 to 21 1943, Sophie Scholl and her cell-mate Else witness an allied air raid with flashlight, howling sirens and bursting bombs. In reality no bombs fell on Munich the time between the British attacks of December 22, 1942, and March 8, 1943. See more »

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[first lines]
[they sing along to a Billy Holiday song broadcast by BBC London]
Sophie Magdalena Scholl: I have to go.
[they take care to dial the radio to another station before turning it off]
Gisela Schertling: What are you up to?
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Referenced in The Making of 'Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage' (2005) See more »

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Door De Nacht Klinkt Een Lied
Performed by Willi Stanke und sein Orchester
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Courage
2 March 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Sophie Scholl, at one point of her trial, tells the judge and his cronies, as well as the audience of cowards attending the proceedings, that soon they all will be seating in the place she is now occupying. History proved her right as most of the same people that condemned her for treason were proved to be the real traitors.

Marc Rothemund, the director, working on Fred Beinersdorfer's screen play, presents us with a courageous figure, Sophie Scholl, who saw the atrocities the Third Reich was doing to her country and dared to speak about it when confronted by the regime.

Sophie was part of the student's organization, White Rose, that wanted to inform the German people about facts that were never challenged by anyone because of the consequences such action would mean for whoever spoke the truth. Sophie and her brother were instrumental for several pamphlets informing the population about things that the regime's propaganda didn't tell the German people. Sophie mentioned the unmentionable, the extermination of the Jews, and even the elimination of sick children by people gone mad.

The main part of the film involves the interrogation Robert Mohr subjects Sophie as soon as she is arrested. In their exchange Sophie shows an amazing courage and never is seen as being scared of what will happen to her. After she admits to the charges, even Mohr seems to be amazed by her intelligence and resolve.

Julia Jentsch is the main reason for seeing this movie. Ms. Jentsch gives a luminous performance as the woman who challenged the higher ups in charge of her country. Gerald Alexander Held, who is seen as Robert Mohr, makes an impression as the man who questions Sophie's motives and tries to break her spirit. Johanna Gastdorf is seen as the kind Else, who shares a cell with Sophie.

"Sophie Scholl" is an intelligent film that shows a talented director, Marc Rothemund, and a bright young star of the German cinema, Julia Jentsch, in a film about courage and decency during a crazy time where all hope seemed to have disappeared from Germany.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

24 February 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,310, 19 February 2006

Gross USA:

$680,331

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,804,315
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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