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John Halder, a German literature professor in the 1930s, is initially reluctant to accept the ideas of the Nazi Party. He is pulled in different emotional directions by his wife, mother, mistress and Jewish friend.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Halder
... Maurice
... Anne
... Freddie
... Bouhler
... Mother
... Helen
... Elisabeth
Ralph Riach ... Brunau
... Eichmann
... Commandant
David de Keyser ... Mandelstam
... Doctor
... Goebbels
... Brownshirt
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John Halder is a 'good' and decent individual with family problems: a neurotic wife, two demanding children and a mother suffering from senile dementia. A literary professor, Halder explores his personal circumstances in a novel advocating compassionate euthanasia. When the book is unexpectedly enlisted by powerful political figures in support of government propaganda, Halder finds his career rising in an optimistic current of nationalism and prosperity. Seemingly inconsequential decisions lead to choices, which lead to more choices... with eventually devastating effect. Written by Anonymous

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Anything that makes people happy can't be bad, can it?

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 December 2008 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

El principio del mal  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£27,054 (United Kingdom), 19 April 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,508, 4 January 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,091, 11 January 2009
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Adolf Hitler fought in the First World War in the 16th Reserve Regiment of the Bavarian Army. The regiment was later renamed the List Regiment in honour of its late CO. He was promoted to Gefreiter (Lance Corporal) and was a regimental message-runner. These facts support Maurice's amusing fantasy of having given Hitler an order during the war (and being saluted in return). See more »

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In the scene, when Halder takes a walk with his ex-wife in the cemetery, which is supposed to be in Berlin, Germany, Hungarian names are clearly visible on the gravestones. See more »

Quotes

Maurice: [referring to his auditory hallucinations] How long has this been going on?
Halder: Don't know, a few months?
Maurice: Three months? Six months?
Halder: I don't know.
Maurice: Could it be the end of January, say?
Halder: Thereabouts, I suppose. Why? Do you think there's some connection to...
Halder: What? We put the country in the hands of a lunatic. Taking refuge in a fantasy might be a rational response to an irrational world.
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The Jews' Song - Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, 4th movement
Written by Gustav Mahler
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A very subtle film
24 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

I thought it was a very good film. Quite a different portrayal on the topic of Nazi Germany from what we are used to. Shows how at the end of the day, the Germans were not people with horns, everything that was going on was very normal to them, everybody was doing their part in a country that was, after a long period in the dark,was finally thriving. They could not see the full picture. This film makes you wonder what you would have done had you been a German in that period. At first the main character in the film does not even support the Reich, him being a Literature professor, especially after having seen them burn all them books. But by the end of it, he winds up in full Nazi attire. But its way too late then.


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