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Schtonk (1992)

The slightly fictionalized story of an art forger, a journalist desperate for a big story, and the biggest press scandal in German history: the Hitler Diaries.

Director:

Helmut Dietl

Writers:

Helmut Dietl (screenplay), Ulrich Limmer (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Götz George ... Hermann Willié
Uwe Ochsenknecht ... Fritz Knobel
Christiane Hörbiger ... Freya von Hepp
Rolf Hoppe ... Karl Lentz
Dagmar Manzel Dagmar Manzel ... Biggi
Veronica Ferres ... Martha
Ulrich Mühe ... Dr. Wieland
Martin Benrath ... Uwe Esser
Hermann Lause Hermann Lause ... Kurt Glück
Karl Schönböck ... Professor Strasser
Rosemarie Fendel ... Mrs. Lentz
Georg Marischka Georg Marischka ... Von Klantz
Thomas Holtzmann ... Notary Cornelius
Hark Bohm Hark Bohm ... Catholic pastor
Willy Harlander Willy Harlander ... Bavarian customs officer
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Storyline

Fritz is a falsifier drawing a picture of Eva Braun, the girlfriend of Adolf Hitler. He meets Hermann and tells him about some Nazi- material he knows about. Herrmann, working for a great German magazine, pays for everything he can get, and so Fritz starts to write "Hitlers private daybook". The story covers a real event that happend in Germany in the middle of the eighties. Written by Wolfgang Klimt <wolfii@leo.org>

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Taglines:

Der Film zum Buch vom Führer

Genres:

Comedy

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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

12 March 1992 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Schtonk! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM 16,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Black and White (opening sequence)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Was the most expensive german movie at the time of it's release. See more »

Goofs

When Freya von Hepp hands Hermann Willié Göring's bathrobe and offers him to try it on, Willié's answer doesn't match his almost motionless lips. See more »

Quotes

Fritz Knobel: My client wanted an authentic nude painting of Eva Braun, done by Hitler himself. That wasn't a problem of course: The face of Eva I knew, now all I needed was the right body...
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Connections

References Die große Liebe (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Prologue 1st Act from Lohengrin
Composed by Richard Wagner
Performed by the London Philharmonia (as the New Philharmonic Orchestra London)
Direction by Alfred Scholz
Courtesy of Selected Sound Musikverlag
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One of the most brilliant German movies
1 April 2002 | by mp.visserSee all my reviews

This film is a must see for everybody who heard of the Hitler diary affair. Although the real affair is larger then life, and, according to many even more absurd that the movie, it is a must see.

The DVD is excellent, and I have watched it over and over again. Scenes are excellent, the way Christiane Hörbiger is addressed by Götz George, over and over again by the title of her late husband. His obsession for detail in restoring the ship he bought and finding Nazi `nick-nacks' It is all just too much to mention. One thing though, the better you know German, and Germany, the better you will understand the in-jokes. A lot of the humour is very subtle, and even in the comments here is misunderstood. Karl Schönböck for instance just claims to be an intimate friend of the Führer, he never was really, he is an fake, just like the diary's. He is brilliant at it. When Uwe Ochsenknecht is selling a painting of Eva Braun he just painted, as an original, Karl Schönböck claims he was there when Hitler painted it. The film just goes on and on like a rollercoaster and it is just unbelievable that Stern fell for this one. When something sounds to good to be true, it is, is a wisdom many people do not seem to have. However, like in House of Games, David Mamets brilliant movie on how scams work, you cannot cheat an honest man.

See this movie, buy the T Shirt, read the book, and never trust somebody who wants to make you rich.


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