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The Good German (2006)

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While in post-war Berlin to cover the Potsdam Conference, an American military journalist is drawn into a murder investigation which involves his former mistress and his driver.

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Writers:

Paul Attanasio (screenplay), Joseph Kanon (novel)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Clooney ... Jake Geismer
Cate Blanchett ... Lena Brandt
Tobey Maguire ... Tully
Beau Bridges ... Colonel Muller
Tony Curran ... Danny
Leland Orser ... Bernie
Jack Thompson ... Congressman Breimer
Robin Weigert ... Hannelore
Ravil Isyanov ... General Sikorsky
Christian Oliver ... Emil Brandt
Dave Power ... Lieutenant Schaeffer
Don Pugsley ... Gunther
Dominic Comperatore ... Levi
John Roeder ... General
J. Paul Boehmer ... British Press Aide
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Storyline

Berlin, July, 1945. Journalist Jake Geismer arrives to cover the Potsdam conference, issued a captain's uniform for easier passage. He also wants to find Lena, an old flame who's now a prostitute desperate to get out of Berlin. He discovers that the driver he's assigned, a cheerful down-home sadist named Corporal Tully, is Lena's keeper. When the body of a murdered man washes up in Potsdam (within the Russian sector), Jake may be the only person who wants to solve the crime: U.S. personnel are busy finding Nazis to bring to trial, the Russians and the Americans are looking for German rocket scientists, and Lena has her own secrets. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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If war is hell then what comes after? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

19 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El buen alemán See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,817, 17 December 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,308,696, 12 April 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,914,908, 12 April 2007
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

So that the film could be in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio, which modern theaters are not equipped to handle, the prints are in 1.85:1, with black bars on the sides. See more »

Goofs

Sikorsky examines some currency, paying close attention to the serial numbers. He's shown examining the bills: their serial numbers are rendered in an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) typeface, which wouldn't be introduced until decades later the period of this film. See more »

Quotes

Bernie Teitel: They want me to decide who the ardent Nazis were. Truth is, it was the whole country. Nobody's hands are clean.
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Crazy Credits

All the logos appear in black and white, while the Warner Brothers logo appears in the forties old style See more »

Connections

Referenced in Strictly Background (2007) See more »

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Somebody Else Is Taking My Place
Written by Bob Ellsworth, Dick Howard and Russ Morgan
Performed by William Marsh, Chris Ross, Johnny Britt and Gary Stockdale
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A 5/10 at best
7 September 2007 | by pushnlacsSee all my reviews

The Good German- Well I don't know how else to put this besides, this film sucked. Now I'll admit that I'm not a Soderberg fan and don't even like his highly regarded films such as Sex,Lies and Video Tape or Traffic, but that isn't to say that I'll hate a film simply because his name is attached to it.

My hate for this film has do to with the screenplay, Direction, and just all around poor poor film making that went into it. The story is a joke and jumps around all over the place making little sense most of the time, the dialogue is written to match which is to say it's horrible, and even the cinematography that was talked about so much looks little like classic films from the 40s and instead just looks like a generic modern film with some stock footage thrown in.

It's one of those films that while watching you just have to wonder why it was even made and how anyone involved thought they were making anything worth while. It's one of those films that matter so little that they won't even be remembered for how bad they were but will instead be forgotten.

And don't even get me started on the Casablanca references.


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