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Young poet Friedrich Schiller flees from the elite academy of Prince Carl Eugen to become an acclaimed theater writer in Mannheim. But the influence of Carl Eugen reaches farther than Schiller thought.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthias Schweighöfer ... Friedrich Schiller
Teresa Weißbach Teresa Weißbach ... Katharina Baumann
Robert Dölle ... August Wilhelm Iffland
Jürgen Tarrach Jürgen Tarrach ... Wolfgang von Dalberg
Christian Näthe Christian Näthe ... Andreas Streicher
Barbara Auer ... Caroline Wiethoeft
Ulrich Noethen ... Buchhändler Schwan
Hans Broich Hans Broich ... Schiller als Kind
Martin Feifel ... Beck
Catrin Striebeck Catrin Striebeck ... Frau Toscani
Nikolaus Paryla Nikolaus Paryla ... Tänzer
Florian Stetter ... Scharffenstein
Michael Hanemann Michael Hanemann ... Caspar Schiller
Carola Regnier Carola Regnier ... Kurfürstin
Joachim Bliese Joachim Bliese ... Arzt (as Hans-Joachim Bliese)


Friedrich Schiller, a regimental physician in a small German principality, dreams of fame and success like his great example Goethe. The prince forbids his moonlighting, so he he fleas to the palatine electorate. In its capital Mannheim, Schiller falls in love with an actress and hopes to be appointed author in residence, after his first drama harvests acclaim. But his artistic aspirations make his next play fail, unlike the comedies of his dashing colleague and 'friendly' rival, actor August Wilhelm Iffland. Court intrigues may decide the post. Written by KGF Vissers

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29 April 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Nuori Schiller See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Symphonie Nr. 9 in D-Moll, op. 125 (An die Freude)
Written by Friedrich Schiller (as Friedrich von Schiller)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Richard Edlinger
Courtesy of NAXOS Deutschland GmbH
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The title used for the English-speaking release was more correct!
25 May 2018 | by csrothwecSee all my reviews

I was disappointed when I first saw this film (i.e. compilation of the TV episodes and released on DVD) as, given the original title, I had assumed it would be a biopic covering the whole of Schiller's career and, particularly, of course his years in Weimar and collaboration with Goethe. In fact, Goethe only gets named a few times, never makes an appearance "in person" throughout the whole film and the latter's final shots are of the coach taking Schiller off TO Weimar! The title under which the film was released in English-speaking markets of "The YOUNG Schiller" was thus much more accurate as it covers his years from childhood to being a struggling young playwright trying to gain recognition (and for much of the time literally just to survive physically!) in Stuttgart. When I saw the film for a second time, thus not expecting any Weimar or Johann Wolfgang, I enjoyed it much more. The lead actor gives a tour de force performance (and fully deserved the Best Actor award he apparently achieved) and the film presents in very graphic and moving ways just what a series of bitter struggles (against court politics, envy, intrigues, penury verging on complete destitution, his own willfulness and lack of discipline (costing him love, health and (through his pig-headed estimation of his own worth) even income. The fact he does survive and sets off for the journey at the end which was to make him one of the greatest Germans who ever lived (a fact testified to all the more by the fact that such miserable and pitiful regimes of puny figures like Goebbels and Ulbricht were desperate to claim him as "one of their own") is a testimony to the spirit called up so effectively of "the Ode to Joy" in what is probably the most moving scene of the entire film). I am now looking forward to a third viewing at a future stage as well!

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