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The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (original title)
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A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ulrike Meinhof
... Andreas Baader
... Gudrun Ensslin
... Brigitte Mohnhaupt
... Holger Meins
... Jan Carl Raspe (as Niels Bruno Schmidt)
... Peter-Jürgen Boock
Simon Licht ... Horst Mahler
... Petra Schelm
Daniel Lommatzsch ... Christian Klar
... Rudi Dutschke
... Horst Herold Assistant
... Peter Homann
... Susanne Albrecht
... Josef Bachmann
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Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. Written by Constantin Film

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The children of the Nazi generation vowed fascism would never rule their world again.


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Rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, sexual content, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 September 2008 (Germany)  »

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Budget:

€20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,687,119 (Germany), 28 September 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,348, 21 August 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$476,270, 6 December 2009
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Hannah Herzsprung's mother Barbara Herzsprung was roommates with the real Susanne Albrecht at a boarding school when they were teens. Albrecht is portrayed by Hannah in this movie. See more »

Goofs

When the police storm the West German embassy in Stockholm, they are wearing helmets with translucent plastic face protection. However, at the time the Swedish special police used helmets with bullet-proof metal masks, with a slim eye-slit (very much like a medieval helmet). Officers wearing these kinds of helmets are seen in the archive footage from the actual event shown earlier. See more »

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Brigitte Mohnhaupt: Stop seeing them the way they weren't.
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a great film that never could have been made in America
27 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

I liked this film primarily of how much it seemed to buck the formulaic American plot system. Don't get me wrong some American movies are cool, but they mostly all adhere to the same boring standards.

This film was incredibly bleak and honest, which I respected very much. Also it required that you think for yourself and develop your own opinions.

The plot revolves around a group of young people who go out to try to make a difference and yet don't really accomplish anything at all. I can't give away too much but I thought this was just beautiful and complex film-making. Very intelligent, it never tried to be cute or force any ideas on you, it simply was.

I know this is a vague review, but if you feel like seeing an intelligent complex drama then you must see this. Go German cinema!


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