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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.


Lars Kraume


Lars Kraume (screenplay), Olivier Guez (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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


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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German | English | Yiddish | Spanish

Release Date:

1 October 2015 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Heimatlosen/Fritz Bauer See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,781, 19 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$277,636, 25 September 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


Unlike most of the other period cars shown, Fritz Bauer's official, chauffeured Opel Kapitän does not have an official registration seal on its rear license plate through the entire movie. See more »


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Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Music publishers: Bruton Music Ltd PRS/Universal Publishing Producaon Music GmbH
Label: Bruton Classical Series/Universal Publishing Producaon Music GmbH (GEMA)
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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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