Playing in Germany in the 1960ies the movie narretes the conflict between former German politician Franz-Josef Strauß and Rudolf Augstein, German journalist and founder of 'Der Spiegel' magazine. 1962 the Spiegel Affair was a major political scandal in German escalating when Der Spiegel published an article about the sorry state of Germany's armed forces. Maximus.
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Franziska Augstein, the daughter of Rudolf Augstein, wrote a commentary article in the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" about this movie, in which she complained about inaccuracies in the movie. She compared however this movie to "All The President's Men" and said that director Roland Suso Richter watched the movie very closely and adapted it for Germany. She also said that Sebastian Rudolph portrayed her father Rudolf Augstein well, even if he didn't have an accent unlike in the movie. See more
The research against Strauß for the article about the Nato maneuver "Fallex 62" was not run by Augstein but by journalist Conrad Ahlers. Augstein didn't really like the article in real life. See more