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The Good German ()


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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.

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Jake Geismer
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Lena Brandt
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Tully
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Colonel Muller
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Danny
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Bernie
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Congressman Breimer
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Hannelore
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General Sikorsky
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Emil Brandt
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Lieutenant Schaeffer
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Gunther
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Levi
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General
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British Press Aide
Igor Korosec ...
Russian Soldier
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Russian Soldier
Vladimir Kulikov ...
Russian Soldier
Yevgeniy Narovlyanskiy ...
Russian Soldier
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Russian Soldier
Dean Misch ...
German Boy
Justin Misch ...
German Boy
Tom Cummins ...
British Interviewer
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Clerk
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The Butcher (as Gianfranco L'Amore Tordi)
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Franz Bettmann
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Full Colonel (uncredited)
Alexandra Carter ...
German Woman (uncredited)
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WWII U.S. Army Officer (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
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Russian Solider (uncredited)
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German Boy (uncredited)
Zvonimir Hace ...
Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Garth R. Hassell ...
French Soldier (uncredited)
Thomas Hogeland ...
Political Aid (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
Dmitriy Karpov ...
Soviet Officer (uncredited)
Ian Novotny ...
Russian Soldier (uncredited)
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Russian Soldier (uncredited)
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Political Attache (uncredited)
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Russian Military Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Steven Soderbergh

Written by

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Paul Attanasio ... (screenplay)
 
Joseph Kanon ... (novel)

Produced by

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Frederic W. Brost ... executive producer
Ben Cosgrove ... producer
Gregory Jacobs ... producer
Ben Waisbren ... executive producer (as Benjamin Waisbren)

Music by

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Thomas Newman

Cinematography by

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Steven Soderbergh ... (as Peter Andrews)

Film Editing by

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Steven Soderbergh ... (as Mary Ann Bernard)

Editorial Department

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Matt Absher ... second assistant editor
Ron Barr ... digital conform
Scott M. Davids ... assistant editor: pre-production
David Kirchner ... first assistant editor
Gregg Schaublin ... digital intermediate producer
Ed Twiford ... dailies colorist
Ryan Piers Williams ... post-production assistant

Casting By

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Debra Zane

Production Design by

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Philip Messina

Art Direction by

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Doug J. Meerdink ... (as Doug Meerdink)

Set Decoration by

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Kristen Toscano Messina

Costume Design by

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Louise Frogley

Makeup Department

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Fríða Aradóttir ... key hair stylist (as Frida S. Aradottir)
Rita Bellissimo ... additional hair stylist
Marina Hart ... key hair stylist
Zoe Hay ... additional makeup artist
Julie Hewett ... makeup department head
Julie Kristy ... additional makeup artist
Emanuel Millar ... hair stylist: Ms. Blanchett
Margarita Pidgeon ... third hair stylist
Arturo Rojas ... additional hair stylist
Waldo Sanchez ... hair department head
Heba Thorisdottir ... makeup artist: Ms. Blanchett
Michelle Vittone ... key makeup artist (as Michelle Vittone-McNeil)

Production Management

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Frederic W. Brost ... unit production manager
Monica De Armond ... post-production supervisor (as Monica De Armond Borde)
Robin Le Chanu ... production supervisor
Mark Scoon ... executive in charge of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Trey Batchelor ... second assistant director
Gregory Jacobs ... first assistant director
Jessica Lowrey ... dga trainee
Jody Spilkoman ... second second assistant director
Basti Van Der Woude ... additional second assistant director
David Pinkus ... second assistant director: additional photography UK (uncredited)

Art Department

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Tom Altobello ... prop assistant (as Tommy Altobello)
Rich Andrade ... set dresser (as Richard Andrade) / set dresser
C. Scott Baker ... set designer
Adam L. Barker ... head plaster foreman
Scott Bobbitt ... leadman
Travis Bobbitt ... prop assistant
Mike Bomar ... paint foreman
Steve Borgese ... greens coordinator
Shane Buckallew ... plaster gang boss
John Bullard ... welder
Karen E. Burnett ... set dresser
Ryan P. Dreyer ... set dresser
Louie Esparza ... painter gang boss
Mariano Fernandez ... welder gangboss
Gerard Forrest ... location foreman
Hank Giardina ... paint supervisor
William Gideon ... general foreman
Wylie Griffin ... art department coordinator (as Wylie Young Griffin)
Tommy Karasoulis ... plasterer
Helen Kozora ... buyer (as Helen Kozora-Tell)
Bud Kucia ... head welding foreman
William J. Law III ... set designer (as W.M. Law III)
Scott Lodwig ... labor foreman
Gregory Lynch Jr. ... carpenter
Merdyce McClaran ... set dresser
Maureen McGuire ... prop assistant
Jim Meyer ... gang boss
Robin L. Miller ... property master
John Moore ... propmaker foreman / purchaser
Eric Nelson ... plaster foreman
Erik Norville ... on-set dresser
Jim Paniagua ... foreman / toolman
Eric Ramirez ... set dresser
Dennis Richardson ... propmaker foreman
Miles S. Richman ... gang boss
John Risso ... paint gang boss
Micah Roehr ... carpenter
Neil Rust ... paint foreman
Richard Sarabia ... labor foreman
Robert Sica ... set dresser
Easton Smith ... assistant art director
Chris Snyder ... construction coordinator
Dale Snyder ... propmaker foreman
Ryan Steffen ... set dresser
James Stephenson ... propmaker foreman (as James L. Stephenson)
Jim Stubblefield ... assistant property master (as D. James Stubblefield)
David Tye ... lead sculptor
Alex Valenzuela ... construction laborer
Yvonne von Wallenberg ... consultant
Suzan Wexler ... assistant art director
Frank White ... welder gangboss
Jack White ... food stylist
Helen Wilson ... props
Ben Woodworth ... painter
Curtis Yackel ... propmaker foreman
Chris Zimmerman ... stand-by painter
Jonathan Boda ... propmaker (uncredited)
Henning Brehm ... graphic artist (uncredited)
Ryan Galiher ... set dresser (uncredited)
Kent Jones ... painter (uncredited)
Eric P. Paczkowski ... set dresser (uncredited)
Heidi Roller ... art department assistant (uncredited)
Lee Ross ... on-set scenic (uncredited)
Fante Zamora ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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David Betancourt ... foley mixer
Larry Blake ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Derek Casari ... foley engineer
Dawn Fintor ... foley artist
Randall L. Johnson ... boom operator (as Randy Johnson)
Paul Ledford ... production sound mixer
Ross Levy ... utility sound technician
Kimaree Long ... dialogue editor
Aileen Maquiraya ... audio post-conform
Sterling Moore ... utility sound: additional photography
Jordan O'Neill ... dts sound mastering engineer
Alicia Stevenson ... foley artist
Billy Theriot ... assistant sound editor

Special Effects by

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Gunter Anderson ... special effects technician
Chris Bailey ... special effects
Michael Carroll ... head model maker
Mike Carroll ... head model maker (as Michael Carroll)
Blair Foord ... on-set coordinator / special effects technician
Werner Hahnlein ... special effects general foreman
Kevin Hannigan ... special effects coordinator
Eric Mingebach ... special effects technician (as Erich Mingenbach)
Michael Roundy ... special effects foreman (as Michael D. Roundy)
Ken Tarallo ... special effects technician
Vaughn Williams ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Ron Barr ... opticals
Melissa Brockman ... visual effects producer
Tom Daws ... digital artist: CIS Hollywood
Bill Gilman ... digital artist: CIS Hollywood
Lyndal Heathwood ... paint/roto artist
Heather Elisa Hill ... visual effects coordinator: CIS Hollywood
Dan Levitan ... compositing supervisor: CIS Hollywood
Gregory Oehler ... digital artist: CIS Hollywood (as Greg Oehler)
David Rey ... compositing supervisor: CIS Hollywood
Chris Ryan ... digital artist: CIS Hollywood (as Christopher Ryan)
Marc-Andre Samson ... matte painter
Thomas J. Smith ... visual effects supervisor
Robert Stromberg ... matte painting supervisor: CIS Hollywood
Wilson Tang ... digital restoration
Ed Twiford ... digital film colorist
Chris B. Schnitzer ... director of visual effects: Warner Bros. (uncredited)

Stunts

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Brian Avery ... stunts
Joni Avery ... stunts
Matt Baker ... stunts
Jeff Brockton ... stunts (as Jeffrey Brockton)
Jodi Lyn Brockton ... stunts (as Jodi Brockton)
Hal Burton ... stunts
Chad Cleven ... stunts
Eliza Coleman ... stunts
David D. Darling ... stunts
Jeremy Fitzgerald ... stunts
Mickey Giacomazzi ... stunts
Sean Graham ... stunts
Tabby Hanson ... stunts (as Tabby Hanson Graham)
Jimmy Hart ... stunts (as Jim Hart)
Jody Hart ... precision driver
Gene Hartline ... stunts
John Moio ... stunts
Eric Norris ... stunts
Carrick O'Quinn ... stunts
Vladimir Orlov ... stunts
Michael Owen ... stunts (as Michael P. Owen)
Jeff Ramsey ... stunts
John Robotham ... stunt coordinator
Jason Rodriguez ... stunts
Bill Willens ... stunts
David Axel ... stunt double: US soldier (uncredited)
Jeff Brockton ... stunt double: George Clooney (uncredited)
P. David Miller ... specialist driver (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Joseph Ayer ... lighting technician
Russell Ayer ... lighting technician
Dana Baker ... best boy
Kent Baker ... rigging key grip
Jose F. Barrios ... rigging grip
Christopher Bateman ... rigging technician
Erik Bernstein ... lighting technician
Luciano Blotta ... video assistant operator
Glenn Brown ... additional first assistant camera (as Glen Brown)
Jose Danner ... rigging grip
R. Michael De Chellis ... rigging gaffer
Steven Frohardt ... rigging best boy
Raymond Gonzales ... assistant chief lighting technician (as Raymond A. Gonzales)
Melinda Sue Gordon ... still photographer
Joe Hill ... rigging grip
Tom Jordan ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Ulrike Lamster ... camera loader
Al LaVerde ... key grip (as Al La Verde)
Jonathan Leary ... company grip
Chris Lombardi ... camera operator (as Cris Lombardi)
Ted Marshall ... rigging best boy
Niles McElroy ... lighting technician
Steven Meizler ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jim Plannette ... chief lighting technician
Eric Sagot ... lighting technician
Michael Seaman ... rigging technician
Richie Stanford ... rigging technician
Jason Talbert ... company grip
Paul Threlkeld ... dolly grip
Paul Toomey ... film loader
Ryan Vanlossberg ... company grip (as Ryan Von Lossberg)
Mark James Watson ... rigging technician
Bob Myers ... rigging grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Rich King ... extras casting
Jeremy Rich ... casting associate
Tannis Vallely ... casting associate
Kean Cronin ... extras casting (uncredited)
Kelly Hunt ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Shandra Beri ... set costumer
Tom Cummins ... costumer
Lynda Foote ... costume supervisor
Monica Haynes ... costumer (as Monica S. Haynes)
Mary Etta Lang ... costume textile artist
Dennis McCarthy ... key costumer
Jason M. Moore ... set costumer
Garet Reilly ... key costumer (as Garet Reilly Batchelor)
Kenn Smiley ... key costumer
Reese Spensley ... costumer (as James L. Spensley)

Location Management

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Justin Duncan ... assistant location manager
Quentin Halliday ... location manager
Ken Lavet ... location manager
Guy Morrison ... key assistant location manager

Music Department

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Bill Bernstein ... music editor
Kevin Connolly ... musician
George Doering ... musician
Greg Hayes ... assistant engineer
Robert Hurst ... musician
Tim Lauber ... assistant engineer
Norman Ludwin ... musician (bass)
Larry Mah ... digital audio
Thomas Pasatieri ... orchestration
Tim Rodier ... music preparation
Armin Steiner ... music scoring mixer
Thomas Vicari ... music scoring mixer (as Tommy Vicari)
Michael Zainer ... assistant music editor
Aleksandar Dimitrijevic ... composer: trailer music (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Annie Welles ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Pat Carmen ... driver
Doreen L. Carpenter ... transportation dispatcher
Jon Carpenter ... transportation coordinator
Danny Coughlin ... driver
Bernard Glavin ... transportation captain
David Glavin ... driver
Diane Glavin ... driver
Billy Grace ... driver (as William Grace)
Shane Greedy ... transportation supervisor
Steve Lewis ... unit driver
Chance Robertson ... driver
Sarah Lynn Schmitt ... transportation
Lin C. Smith ... driver
Paul Tumber ... driver (as Paul E. Tumber)
Gordon Winkle ... driver
Gina August ... driver (uncredited)
Brita McCollough ... construction driver (uncredited)
Vicki Sousa ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Dan Addelson ... set production assistant (as Daniel Addelson)
Mir Bahmanyar ... dialogue coach: German / military consultant
Gary Barber ... pilot: Curtis C-46 Commando
Daniel Benson ... technical advisor: military parade (as Dan Benson)
Ali Blacker ... assistant: Mr. Cosgrove
Joanna Bush ... production archivist
Josh Carlock ... production office assistant
Monica De Armond ... assistant: Mr. Soderbergh (as Monica De Armond Borde)
Jessica Drake ... dialect coach: pre-production
Laura Dunlop ... choreographer
Brian D. Fox ... marketing
Chrissy Gilmartin ... set production assistant
Lynn Givens ... choreographer
Dara Gordon ... assistant: Mr. Maguire
Manuela Hahnlein ... staff assistant
Weston Scott Higgins ... technical advisor: military parade
Hannah M. Hinkel ... key second assistant accountant
Jason Hinkel ... first assistant accountant
Marisol Jiménez ... construction accountant
Fallon Johnson ... set production assistant
Alexander Kandaurov ... archivist
Jemma Kearney ... assistant: Ms. Blanchett
Kate Kelly ... production coordinator
Michael LaCorte ... assistant production coordinator
Keri Littledeer ... medic
Sonya Lunsford ... production accountant
Lance Mancuso ... unit medic
Lynne Martin ... set production assistant
Angel McConnell ... assistant: Mr. Clooney
Jen McGowan ... production office assistant
Tom Minder ... technical advisor: military parade
Tim Monich ... dialect coach: Ms. Blanchett
David Moreau ... staff assistant
Gene O'Neal ... flight engineer: Curtis C-46 Commando
Mark Palmer ... craft service
Kate Powell ... staff assistant
Kenn Rabin ... archivist
Heidi Roller ... staff assistant
Joanie Selden ... payroll accountant
Leith Smith ... pilot: Curtis C-46 Commando
Bryan Snodgrass ... set production assistant
Sabrina Somma ... additional medic
Melissa St. Onge ... assistant: Mr. Maguire
Jack Stern ... studio teacher
Spooky Stevens ... unit publicist
Cindy Taylor ... set production assistant (as Cindy A. Taylor)
Quay Terry ... technical advisor: military parade
Dick Troy ... maintenance officer: Curtis C-46 Commando
Yvonne von Wallenberg ... consultant: German research (as Yvonne Von Wallenberg)
Ryan Piers Williams ... staff assistant
T.C. Williams ... mold shop supervisor
Jeff Winn ... craft service
Brian Worsley ... production secretary
Chad Cleven ... stand-in: Mr. Maguire (uncredited)
Tiffany McFarland ... stand-in: Ms. Blanchett (uncredited)
Josh Mills ... stand-in (uncredited)
Steve Reese ... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Serrano ... production assistant (uncredited)
Jennifer Sims ... stand-in (uncredited)
Patty Tobin ... stand-in: Ms. Blanchett (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines If war is hell then what comes after? See more »
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Also Known As
  • El buen alemán (Spain)
  • Gerasis vokietis (Lithuania)
  • İyi Alman (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Intriga en Berlín (Argentina)
  • Хороший немец (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 105 min
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Box Office

Budget $32,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $76,817, 17 Dec 2006
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $5,914,908, 12 Apr 2007

Did You Know?

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Trivia The film was shot as if it had been made in 1945. Only studio back lots, sets and local Los Angeles locations were used. No radio microphones were used, the film was lit with only incandescent lights and period lenses were used on the cameras. The actors were directed to perform in a presentational, stage style. The only allowance was the inclusion of nudity, violence and cursing which would have been forbidden by the Production Code. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Edited from A Foreign Affair (1948). See more »
Soundtracks Somebody Else Is Taking My Place See more »
Crazy Credits All the logos appear in black and white, while the Warner Brothers logo appears in the forties old style See more »
Quotes Lena Brandt: An affair has more rules than a marriage.
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