The story of the man who brought high-ranking German Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice.


Lars Kraume


Lars Kraume (screenplay), Olivier Guez (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Burghart Klaußner ... Fritz Bauer
Ronald Zehrfeld ... Karl Angermann
Lilith Stangenberg ... Victoria
Jörg Schüttauf ... Paul Gebhardt
Sebastian Blomberg ... Ulrich Kreidler
Michael Schenk Michael Schenk ... Adolf Eichmann
Rüdiger Klink Rüdiger Klink ... Heinz Mahler
Laura Tonke ... Fräulein Schütt
Götz Schubert ... Georg August Zinn
Paulus Manker ... Friedrich Morlach
Cornelia Gröschel ... Charlotte Angermann
Tilo Werner Tilo Werner ... Isser Harel
Dani Levy ... Chaim Cohn
Robert Atzorn ... Hans Jasper
Andrej Kaminsky Andrej Kaminsky ... Polizeibeamter


The story of the man who brought high-ranking German Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice.

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Based on the true story of the hunt for Adolf Eichmann. See more »

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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The later work of the real Fritz Bauer contributed to the creation of an independent, democratic justice system in West Germany, as well as to the prosecution of Nazi war criminals and the reform of the criminal law and penal systems. See more »


The 9mm round Bauer is sent in the mail has a Norinco headstamp, dated 1992. Norinco was founded in 1980, and a round dated 1992 would obviously not exist in the late 1950s, when the scene takes place. See more »


References Heute Abend Kellerclub (1964) See more »


Ich bin ein Mann
Performed by Lilith Stangenberg
Composed by Julian Maas / Christoph Kaiser(as Christoph M. Kaiser) / Ali Zuckowski
Music publishers: Oblique Music + Ediaon Songreiter (UMP)
© 2015 Colosseum Music Entertainment GmbH
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Sadly, it was apparently more scandalous to be a homosexual than an ex-Nazi in post-war Germany.
2 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The People vs. Fritz Bauer" is an interesting film about a mostly forgotten piece of history. It seems that the Attorney General for Hesse (one of the most populous of the German states), Fritz Bauer, learned about the whereabouts of one of the most infamous Nazis in the post-war era. Yet, inexplicably, the folks in the government had very little interest in finding this man, as he could expose many in the Adenaur government who had Nazi ties--something that could prove embarrassing. So Bauer approached the Israelis with the information and ultimately the Nazi scum-bag was caught.

What makes this film so interesting is the ambivalence towards Eichmann in Germany. Instead, the Federal Police seem much more interested in prosecuting homosexuals and preventing Eichmann's capture! Overall, a very interesting portrait of a bygone day. While I knew a lot about the Eichmann capture already, I didn't realize that they might have never found him if it wasn't for Bauer- -and that the Germans themselves couldn't have cared less! Very well made and well worth seeing.

By the way, if you enjoy this film I also recommend you watch another exceptional German movie, "The Nasty Girl". It, too, discusses the German people and their ambivalence about confronting their Nazi past.

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Release Date:

1 October 2015 (Germany) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$33,781, 21 August 2016

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2.35 : 1
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