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Labyrinth of Lies (2014)

Im Labyrinth des Schweigens (original title)
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A story that exposes the conspiracy of prominent German institutions and government branches to cover up the crimes of Nazis during World War II.


Giulio Ricciarelli


Elisabeth Burghardt (screenplay) (as Elisabeth Bartel), Giulio Ricciarelli (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Fehling ... Johann Radmann
André Szymanski André Szymanski ... Thomas Gnielka
Friederike Becht ... Marlene Wondrak
Johannes Krisch ... Simon Kirsch
Johann von Bülow ... Staatsanwalt Haller
Robert Hunger-Bühler ... Oberstaatsanwalt Friedberg
Hansi Jochmann ... Schmittchen
Lukas Miko Lukas Miko ... Hermann Langbein
Gert Voss ... Generalstaatsanwalt Fritz Bauer
Tim Williams ... Major Parker
Mathis Reinhardt Mathis Reinhardt ... BKA Mann Fischer
Hartmut Volle Hartmut Volle ... Lehrer Alois Schulz
Werner Wölbern Werner Wölbern ... Hans Lichter
Timo Dierkes Timo Dierkes ... Peter Mertens
Michael Schernthaner Michael Schernthaner ... Alter BKA Mann


The year is 1958. The war has been over for thirteen years and the Federal Republic of Germany is not only recovering but even booming. But where are the Nazis? Who has ever heard of the death camps? It looks as if everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds in this land of milk and honey - At least, until the day journalist Thomas Gnielka reports on the recognition by a German-Jewish artist of a local schoolteacher, a former guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp - At least, until Johann Radmann, a young prosecutor, decides to investigate the case - Nobody knows it yet but this is the dawn of a new era. Even if the road to awareness will be long and rocky. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Frankfurt, 1963. For the first time, the Germans judge the Germans. See more »


Drama | History

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Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Official submission of Germany for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 88th Academy Awards in 2016. See more »


In the second half of the movie, the English subtitles are seriously out of synch with the German dialogue, making it very difficult to follow lengthy conversations. See more »


[last lines]
Bailiff: The Jury Court at Frankfurt is now in session.
closing title card: The Auschwitz trial started in 1963. 213 survivors of the concentration and extermination camp gave testimony.
closing title card: 19 SS men who had served at Auschwitz were charged in the largest trial of the Federal Republic of Germany.
closing title card: 17 of them were found guilty. Throughout the 20-month trial, none of the defendants showed any remorse.
closing title card: Fritz Bauer dies of heart failure in 1968. Josef Mengele lives undisturbed in Brazil until his death in 1979. He dies in ...
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References La Strada (1954) See more »


Baio Bongo
Music and Lyrics by Heinz Gietz
Performed by Caterina Valente
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Different POV...and it's very interesting
7 March 2016 | by conroymalcolmSee all my reviews

For years I've been watching films from the "Allies" point of view and I never thought of the German point of view or I just assumed German people knew of the atrocities committed by their fellow men.

Its amazing and heartbreaking to know that Germans actually didn't know or chose to not believe what the Nazis were doing to the Jews during WWII.

We were made to believe also that all the Nazis were living in hiding after WWII, when some of them were actually living in relative comfort and free from scrutiny, among some of the people they tortured.

Labyrinth of Lies is the film that gives us a look of how the Germans were actually living in denial for years after the war and how some of the Nazis that committed war crimes were living their normal lives as if nothing had happened.

Very interesting film and very easy to understand if you know the history.

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Release Date:

6 November 2014 (Germany) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,101, 4 October 2015

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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