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Alone in Berlin (2016)

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After a Nazi German working class couple loses their son in World War II, they decide to retaliate by secretly leafletting handwritten cards in Berlin denouncing their government.

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Vincent Perez

Writers:

Achim von Borries (screenplay), Vincent Perez (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Emma Thompson ... Anna Quangel
Brendan Gleeson ... Otto Quangel
Daniel Brühl ... Escherich
Mikael Persbrandt ... SS Officer Prall
Louis Hofmann ... Hans Quangel
Katharina Schüttler ... Claire Gehrich
Jacob Matschenz ... Dietrich Necker
Uwe Preuss ... Persicke
Godehard Giese ... Colonel Krüger
Ernst Stötzner Ernst Stötzner ... Dptm. Head Walter
Joshua Grothe ... August Persicke
Hildegard Schroedter ... Ida Kuhn
Lars Rudolph ... Enno Kluge
Holger Handtke ... Dollfuss
Rafael Gareisen ... Herbert Wegner
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In 1940, German soldier Hans Quangel (Louis Hofmann) is killed in action during the French campaign. His parents, Otto (Brendan Gleeson) and Anna (Dame Emma Thompson), are devastated by the loss and their bereavement is unmollified by the joyful hysteria at Germany's victory. Deciding that Führer Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime are responsible for this tragedy and much more, Otto cannot stand by any longer. As such, Otto begins to create handwritten cards denouncing the regime's abuses and lies, which he secretly deposits throughout Berlin while a disillusioned Anna insists on helping him. As the subversive cards pile up over the years, Police Detective Escherich (Daniel Brühl) is tasked to track down the leafleteer while being pressured by his increasingly impatient S.S. superior for an arrest for this "treason", regardless of actual guilt. As the stakes rise even as Nazi Germany's day of reckoning approaches, Otto and Anna are determined to spread the truth regardless of the odds, ... Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The truth was their resistance. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief violence | See all certifications »

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Writer and Director Vincent Perez's family lived through the horrors of World War II. His grandfather was shot by fascists in Spain. His great uncle was murdered by the Nazis in a gas chamber. Another uncle died fighting on the Russian front. See more »

Quotes

Escherich: Can I do something for you? Is there something you need?
Otto Quangel: A card and a pen!
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Version of Jeder stirbt für sich allein (1962) See more »

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Courage and resistance in a brilliantly acted war resistance story
11 April 2017 | by henk-447-233237See all my reviews

This brilliantly cast and acted film earns an excellent cinema manifestation because it's an impressive and important war experience story focused on two ordinary people in an inner city we all know will soon be torn apart as the war in Berlin ravages onto a bitter end.

Otto and Anna deserve the full focus of this film, which intimately and convincingly lets us into their lives, and brings out the tenacious courage of two ordinary Berliners,persevering in their personal vendetta against the monstrous war machine, pursuing at great personal risk their resistance against the hideous Nazi regime.

Alone in Berlin fully succeeds in conveying the ingrained personal pain turned into anger over the loss of the couple's son, and the acting of Emma Thompson and Brendon Gleeson brilliantly fulfils our expectations. A personal Nazi resistance story very well told that makes for highly recommended and compelling viewing.


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Language:

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Release Date:

13 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Görlitz, Saxony, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,869, 15 January 2017

Gross USA:

$33,125

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,205,598
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