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Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer (2015)

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

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Lars Kraume

Writers:

Lars Kraume (screenplay), Olivier Guez (screenplay)
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Rüdiger Klink Rüdiger Klink ... Heinz Mahler
Burghart Klaußner ... Fritz Bauer
Andrej Kaminsky Andrej Kaminsky ... Polizeibeamter
Jörg Schüttauf Jörg Schüttauf ... Paul Gebhardt
Carolin Stähler Carolin Stähler ... Frau Kreidler
Sebastian Blomberg ... Ulrich Kreidler
Michael Schenk ... Adolf Eichmann
Stefan Gebelhoff Stefan Gebelhoff ... Willem Sassen
Pierre Shrady ... Eberhard Fritsch
Götz Schubert ... Georg August Zinn
Laura Tonke ... Fräulein Schütt
Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey ... Staatsanwalt Kügler
Daniel Krauss ... Staatsanwalt Vogel
Nikolai Will ... Staatsanwalt Warlo
Ronald Zehrfeld ... Karl Angermann
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The story of the man who brought high-ranking German Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice.

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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English | Yiddish | Spanish

Release Date:

1 October 2015 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Heimatlosen/Fritz Bauer See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,781, 19 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$277,636, 25 September 2016
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Fritz Bauer is shown checking into the American colony hotel so as to meet the Mossad. In 1957, that hotel was under Jordanian rule, and totally inaccessible to Israelis. See more »

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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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the war wasn't quite over, it seems
29 August 2017 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"The People vs. Fritz Bauer" is the story of one man's determination to bring Adolf Eichmann to Germany for trial, and the opposition to it that he faced.

Fritz Bauer was a district attorney in Hessen, Germany, and the story begins really toward the end of his life. He is shown drowning in his bathtub at the beginning, but he is saved. In reality, that is how he died in 1968.

Bauer was a man who did what he had to do in order to achieve his ends, and the movie makes no bones about it. He keeps quiet about the fact that he is Jewish because of his determination to enter politics. And he commits treason in order to bring Eichmann to justice. His part in that capture was not made public until 10 years after his death.

Unfortunately for Bauer, in 1957, the government was filled with ex- Nazis and SS officers who didn't want these monsters tried and naming names. There was a lot of resistance and anti-Semitism. When Bauer learns that Eichmann is living in Argentina, he has to appeal to Massad for help - a treasonous offense if anyone found out.

There is a subplot concerning his young associate, State Attorney Angermann, a fictional character.

Very good movie, with wonderful acting by Burghart Klaußner as Bauer and Ronald Zehrfeld as Angermann.


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