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John Halder, a German literature professor in the 1930s, is initially reluctant to accept the ideas of the Nazi Party. He is pulled in different emotional directions by his wife, mother, mistress and Jewish friend.

Director:

Vicente Amorim

Writers:

C.P. Taylor (stage play), John Wrathall (screenplay)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Viggo Mortensen ... Halder
Jason Isaacs ... Maurice
Jodie Whittaker ... Anne
Steven Mackintosh ... Freddie
Mark Strong ... Bouhler
Gemma Jones ... Mother
Anastasia Hille ... Helen
Ruth Gemmell ... Elisabeth
Ralph Riach Ralph Riach ... Brunau
Steven Elder ... Eichmann
Kevin Doyle ... Commandant
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Mandelstam
Guy Henry ... Doctor
Adrian Schiller ... Goebbels
Rick Warden ... Brownshirt
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Storyline

John Halder is a 'good' and decent individual with family problems: a neurotic wife, two demanding children and a mother suffering from senile dementia. A literary professor, Halder explores his personal circumstances in a novel advocating compassionate euthanasia. When the book is unexpectedly enlisted by powerful political figures in support of government propaganda, Halder finds his career rising in an optimistic current of nationalism and prosperity. Seemingly inconsequential decisions lead to choices, which lead to more choices... with eventually devastating effect. Written by Anonymous

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Anything that makes people happy can't be bad, can it?

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Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Germany | Hungary | Cayman Islands

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

11 December 2008 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

El principio del mal See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,508, 4 January 2009

Gross USA:

$27,276

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,549,251
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ernst Eduard vom Rath was a German diplomat stationed in Paris who was shot and killed by the young Polish Jew Herschel Grynszpan. The death of vom Rath served as the casus belli for Hitler's Kristallnacht orders. Although the Nazis eventually got custody of Grynszpan when France fell, they never staged a trial and the motives for vom Rath's murder remain unclear. Historians have speculated that vom Rath and the younger Grynszpan (17 at the time of the murder) were involved romantically, and this somehow precipitated the murder. See more »

Goofs

In the scene, when Halder takes a walk with his ex-wife in the cemetery, which is supposed to be in Berlin, Germany, Hungarian names are clearly visible on the gravestones. See more »

Quotes

Maurice: We probably met him, you know? When we were at Ypres, October of that year, 16th Bavarian were in the line next to us. He'd have been running dispatches back and forth.
Halder: You may have sent him on an errand.
Maurice: "Oi, you! Lance Corporal! Yes, you, short arse. Get over here!"
Halder: And he'd have saluted you., imagine that.
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Caretakers' Song - Rheinlegendchen
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It's real

What have I done? What have I done? You can imagine that Professor John Halder (Viggo Mortensen) was asking that question over and over.

He seemed not to understand what was happening to him as he let himself be used by the Nazi's. First, he joins the party, then he loses his lifelong friend simply because he was Jewish. It was only when he was picked to inspect the death camps did he come to a full realization of the depths into which he had sunk.

How do you cook a lobster? If you throw it into a pot of boiling water it will scream and jump out. But, if you put it in water and slowly raise the temperature, it boils before it knows what/s happening. Professor Halder was put in tepid water and the temperature raised gradually until the shock hit him full force, and he could not escape.

Mortensen was very good, but his friend Morris (Jason Isaacs), a Jew, was excellent.


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