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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.



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





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jake Geismer
... Lena Brandt
... Tully
... Colonel Muller
... Danny
... Bernie
... Congressman Breimer
... Hannelore
... General Sikorsky
... Emil Brandt
... Lieutenant Schaeffer
... Gunther
... Levi
... General
... British Press Aide


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Release Date:

19 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El buen alemán  »

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Box Office


$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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Did You Know?


David Holmes composed a complete score which was rejected. See more »


When Tully is leaving Sikorsky's office, he is supposed to have a broken right arm. Yet, when he rises from the chair, you can see him push off the arm with his right arm (both arms, actually) and then open the door with his right hand. See more »


Danny: [on Tully] A little bit of a cunt.
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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 »


Referenced in Best! Movies! Ever!: Airports (2007) See more »


You're Some Pretty Doll
Written by Clarence Williams
Performed by William Marsh, Chris Ross, Johnny Britt and Gary Stockdale
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A 5/10 at best
7 September 2007 | by See 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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