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The Captain ()

Der Hauptmann (original title)
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In the last moments of World War II, a young German soldier fighting for survival finds a Nazi captain's uniform. Impersonating an officer, the man quickly takes on the monstrous identity of the perpetrators he is trying to escape from.

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Willi Herold
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Junker
Sebastian Rudolph ...
Gefreiter Paul
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Bursche
Rike Eckermann ...
Farmer's Wife
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Farmer
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Freytag
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Schnabel Wirt
Ferdinand Dörfler ...
Farmer 1
Harald Warmbrunn ...
Farmer 2
Stefan Feddersen-Clausen ...
Deserteur
Kordian Rekowski ...
Totschläger
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Kipinski
Sebastian Grempka ...
Bomber
Damien Rabjastajn ...
Flak Soldat 1
Sascha Alexander Gersak ...
Sichner
Jakub Sierenberg ...
Flak Soldat 2
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Feldgendarm
Marko Dyrlich ...
Brockhoff
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Dahler-Kaufmann
Bernd Hölscher ...
Schütte
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Gefangener
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Hansen
David Scheller ...
Claasen
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Gerda Schütte
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Schneider
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Roger
Wieslaw Hormanski ...
Schnelder
Stefan Kolosko ...
Peller
Laurean Wagner ...
Linke (as Christian Wagner)
Annina Polivka ...
Erika
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Betty (as Samia Chancrin)
Linda Schönherr ...
Lucy
Annika Meier ...
Anny
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Jenny
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Irmgard
Ingo Günther ...
Klavierspieler
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Oberfelwebel
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Dr. Kremer
Hendrik Arnst ...
Konteradmiral Weyher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miroslaw Dusza ...
Inner Camp Prison Guard (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Schwentke

Written by

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Robert Schwentke ... ()

Produced by

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Markus Barmettler ... executive producer
Paulo Branco ... co-producer
Piotr Dzieciol ... co-producer
Felix Eisele ... line producer
Marcel Greive ... co-producer
Heino Herrenbrück ... line producer
Daniel Hetzer ... executive producer
Philip Lee ... executive producer
Julia M. Müller ... associate producer
Jakob Neuhäusser ... line-producer: preparation
Kay Niessen ... executive producer
Ewa Puszczynska ... co-producer
Frieder Schlaich ... producer
Irene von Alberti ... line producer / producer

Music by

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Martin Todsharow

Cinematography by

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Florian Ballhaus

Film Editing by

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Michal Czarnecki

Editorial Department

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Krzysztof Korybut Daszkiewicz ... assistant editor
Maja Tennstedt ... assembly editor

Casting By

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Anja Dihrberg
Bady Minck ... (additional casting)

Production Design by

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Harald Turzer

Art Direction by

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Jurek Kuttner

Set Decoration by

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Alwara Thaler

Costume Design by

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Magdalena Rutkiewicz ... (costumes designed by) (as Magdalena Jadwiga Rutkiewicz-Luterek)

Makeup Department

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Tamar Aviv ... prosthetic supplier
Anna Freund ... additional makeup artist
Gloria Göschel ... additional makeup artist
Grit Hildenbrand ... makeup artist
Doreen Kindler ... key makeup artist / makeup artist
Veronika Knigge ... additional makeup artist
Judith Kröher ... makeup artist
Franziska Maaß ... additional makeup artist
Marcus Michael ... makeup artist
Sarah Neumeier ... additional makeup artist
Hanna Riehm ... makeup artist
Elise Tillmann ... additional makeup artist

Production Management

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Dorota Bednarska ... administrator: Poland
Karsten Christoph ... set manager
Heino Herrenbrück ... production manager
Lucja Kedzior-Samodulska ... production coordinator: Poland
Magdalena Malisz ... production coordinator: Poland
Diana Minkenberg ... unit manager
Raoul Peruzzi ... production team
Daniel Schwarz ... unit manager
Aleksandra Skraba ... production coordinator: Poland
Sylwia Szczechowicz-Warszewska ... production coordinator: Poland

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Simon Aschenbrenner ... second assistant director
Christian Hoyer ... first assistant director
Arianna Singhania ... assistant director
Dominik Watin ... third assistant director

Art Department

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Wojciech Czapla ... art department coordinator: Poland
Philipp Eggert ... first assistant scenographer
Friederike Gast ... assistant set decorator
Maciej Janiszewski ... construction foreman: Poland
Ole Kloss ... propmaster
Julian Knaack ... art department trainee
Michal Pietrzak ... construction foreman: Poland
Catarina Sampaio ... graphic designer
Harald Voss ... stand-by props
Julien Weizenhöfer ... assistant art director
Sasa Zivkovic ... concept artist

Sound Department

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Harald Ansorge ... senior audio producer
André Bendocchi-Alves ... sound designer
Eric Devulder ... sound
Felix Godden ... trainee dialogue editor
Frank Gorgas ... additional boom operator
Martin Langenbach ... foley artist
Sabrina Naumann ... dialogue editor
Laura Plock ... foley editor
Rafael Ridao ... boom operator
Jonathan Ritzel ... adr recordist
Maxim Romasevich ... re-recording assistant
Detlef A. Schitto ... sound mixer / sound recordist
Martin Steyer ... re-recording mixer
Moritz Unger ... adr recordist
Jascha Viehl ... sound effects editor
Daniel Weis ... adr recordist
Markus Wurster ... re-recording mix assistant

Special Effects by

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Michael Rudnik ... special effects supervisor
Andreas Schiller ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Stefan Brenner ... visual effects producer
Heiko Burkardsmaier ... visual effects executive producer
Rouven Dombrowski ... visual effects set supervisor: Mackevision
Lukas Fabian ... compositing artist: Mackevision
Florian Franke ... compositing artist: Mackevision
Emanuel Fuchs ... visual effects artist: Mackevision
Christian Godzik ... senior visual effects artist: Mackevision
Jörn Großhans ... visual effects supervisor
Timo Hanczuk ... compositing artist: Mackevision
Julian Körrenz ... compositing artist: Mackevision
Peter Lames ... compositing artist: Mackevision
Gus Martinez ... senior compositing artist: Mackevision
Bernd Nalbach ... cg supervisor: Mackevision
Tobias Pfeiffer ... visual effects senior editor: Mackevision
Sebastian Plank ... visual effects artist: Mackevision
Stephan Schaefholz ... compositing supervisor: Mackevision
Stefan Schorer ... visual effects producer
Johannes Weiss ... matchmove artist: Mackevision
Jörg Wohnsiedler ... visual effects editor: Mackevision
Klaus Wuchta ... senior compositing artist: Mackevision
Christian Zilliken ... cg supervisor: Mackevision

Stunts

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Marco Albrecht ... stunt player
Jan Böhme ... stunts
Wanja Götz ... stunt coordinator
Thomas Hacikoglu ... stunt performer
Fred Hady ... stunt performer
Steffen Jung ... stunt player
Mike Möller ... stunts
Maik Müller ... stunt performer
Marno Röder ... stunt player
Gregori Winkowski ... Stunt Department Coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mathias Beier ... rigging gaffer
Florian Emmerich ... a camera operator / steadicam operator
Thomas Hübener ... remote head technician
Rafael Jeneral ... a camera first assistent
Tobias Kownatzki ... first assistant camera: additional "b" camera
Daniel Mock ... digital imaging technician
Helmut Prein ... additional gaffer
Christian Scheibe ... key grip
Kaja Styczynska ... second assistant camera
Janosch Voss ... gaffer

Casting Department

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Mariusz Chandoha ... extras casting: Poland

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Robert Adamczyk ... assistant costume designer
Beata Dabska ... assistant costume designer
Agata Drozdowska ... assistant costume designer
Janusz Kowalczyk ... tailor
Robert Kowalczyk ... wardrobe
Ewa Paldyna ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Ronny Engel ... location manager
Grzegorz Turzanski ... locations: Poland

Music Department

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Martin Todsharow ... music supervisor

Script and Continuity Department

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Candy Maldonado Agustin ... continuity

Transportation Department

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Adam Bacinski ... transportation: Poland
Richard Heinecke ... production driver
Jens Marschalleck ... production driver
Willy Necke ... production driver
Stefan Noebel-Heise ... production driver
Piotr Sybistowicz ... transportation: Poland
Ryszard Wildemann ... transportation: Poland

Other crew

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Patrick Dielefeld ... assistant set manager
Caroline Dietze ... production coordinater / production coordinator
Ingo Fischer ... rights and clearances
Anja Knobloch ... set runner
Julia M. Müller ... production assistant
Hagen Rohling ... set runner
Rafal Turzanski ... runner: Poland
Kamil Wanego ... runner: Poland

Thanks

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Matthew Wilder ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

The Captain follows Willi Herold (Max Hubacher), a German army deserter who stumbles across an abandoned Nazi captain's uniform during the last, desperate weeks of the Third Reich. Newly emboldened by the allure of a suit that he stole only to stay warm, Willi discovers that many Germans will follow the leader, whosoever that happens to be. A parade of fresh atrocities follow in the self-declared captain's wake, and serve as a profound reminder of the consequences of social conformity and untrammeled political power. Simultaneously a historical docudrama, a tar-black comedy, and a sociological treatise, The Captain presents fascism as a pathetic pyramid scheme, a system to be gamed by the most unscrupulous and hollow-souled. Written by Music Box Films

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Also Known As
  • The Captain - l'usurpateur (France)
  • Kapitan (Poland)
  • O Capitão (Portugal)
  • The Captain (World-wide, English title)
  • The Captain (United States)
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Runtime
  • 118 min
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Box Office

Budget EUR5,800,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The song that the German sing before being executed by a Flak gun is called Westerwaldlied which was a popular German folk song. See more »
Goofs Some German soldiers have a skull painted on their helmet. This specific type of skull decal was used by a Finnish army unit (1st battalion, infantry regiment 46) in the continuation war 1941-1944. A famous colorized photo of three Finnish soldiers in a trench wearing this sort helmet decal of is often incorrectly associated with Germans or the SS. See more »
Crazy Credits The end credits show "Task Force Herold" marching through present day Germany and interrogating unsuspecting civilians. See more »

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