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 movie ends with the line "If the secret documents were found in the save or the original with the source marks, it would have been state treatment." However the officials have found the expose of the article and Colonel MArtin was arrested as the informer. See more