The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

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Terrence Malick

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Terrence Malick
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Cast overview, first billed only:
August Diehl ... Franz Jägerstätter
Valerie Pachner ... Fani Jägerstätter
Maria Simon ... Resie Schwaninger
Karin Neuhäuser Karin Neuhäuser ... Rosalia Jägerstätter
Tobias Moretti ... Fr. Fürthauer
Ulrich Matthes ... Lorenz Schwaninger
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Captain Herder
Franz Rogowski ... Waldland
Karl Markovics ... Mayor Kraus (as Karl Marvocics)
Bruno Ganz ... Judge Lueben
Michael Nyqvist ... Bishop Fliesser
Wolfgang Michael ... Eckinger
Johannes Krisch ... Trakl, the Miller
Johan Leysen ... Ohlendorf, the Painter
Martin Wuttke ... Major Kiel
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Storyline

Based on real events, A Hidden Life is the story of an unsung hero, Bl. Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife, Fani, and children that keeps his spirit alive. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material including violent images. | See all certifications »

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August Diehl plays a conscientious objector who refuses to fight for the Nazis. before this movie Diehl was best known to general audiences for playing a ruthless SS officer in Inglourious Basterds (2009). See more »

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[first lines]
Franz Jägerstätter: [narrating] I thought that we could build our nest high up, in the trees. Fly away, like birds - to the mountains.
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Crazy Credits

The title card at the end of the picture comes from the final sentence of George Eliot's "Middlemarch". See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: A Hidden Life (2019) See more »

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Sarah Was Ninety Years Old
Written by Arvo Pärt
Performed by Sarah Leonard, Rogers Covey-Crump, John Potter, Christopher Bowers-Broadbent and Pierre Favre
Published by Universal Edition AG Vienna
Courtesy of ECM Records
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Another special atmospheric Terrence Malick flick
18 February 2020 | by Mister_F11See all my reviews

The visually outstanding war drama "A Hidden Life" tells a true, hitherto hardly publicly perceived story of a resistance fighter who rebelled without any great gestures against Hitler and the Third Reich in a lyrical-meditative style as a Jesus allegory. This film works as a philosophical love story, which, precisely because it tells a different view of the Second World War, stands out particularly and is another well-made work by the long-established director Terrence Malick.


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Release Date:

17 January 2020 (UK) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$50,383, 15 December 2019

Gross USA:

$1,730,597

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,607,564
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