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Alone in Berlin (2016)

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After a Nazi German working class couple loses their son in World War II, they decide to retaliate by secretly leafletting handwritten cards in Berlin denouncing their government.


Vincent Perez


Achim von Borries (screenplay), Vincent Perez (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Emma Thompson ... Anna Quangel
Daniel Brühl ... Escherich
Brendan Gleeson ... Otto Quangel
Louis Hofmann ... Hans Quangel
Mikael Persbrandt ... SS Officer Prall
Katharina Schüttler ... Claire Gehrich
Jacob Matschenz Jacob Matschenz ... Dietrich Necker
Godehard Giese ... Colonel Krüger
Uwe Preuss ... Persicke
Rainer Reiners ... Salesman Franz Kanz
Joshua Grothe ... August Persicke
Hildegard Schroedter ... Ida Kuhn
Rafael Gareisen ... Herbert Wegner
Ernst Stötzner Ernst Stötzner ... Dptm. Head Walter
Monique Chaumette ... Frau Rosenthal


In 1940, German soldier Hans Quangel is killed in action during the French campaign. His parents, Otto and Anna, are devastated by the loss and their bereavement is unmollified by the joyful hysteria at Germany's victory. Deciding that Fuhrer Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime are responsible for this tragedy and much more, Otto cannot stand by any longer. As such, Otto begins to create handwritten cards denouncing the regime's abuses and lies, which he secretly deposits throughout Berlin while a disillusioned Anna insists on helping him. As the subversive cards pile up over the years, police detective Escherich is tasked to track down the leafleteer while being pressured by his increasingly impatient SS superior for an arrest for this "treason," regardless of actual guilt. As the stakes rise even as Nazi Germany's day of reckoning approaches, Otto and Anna are determined to spread the truth regardless of the odds even as their opposition awaits the fatal mistake that could doom them. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The truth was their resistance. See more »


Drama | History | War

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Rated R for brief violence | See all certifications »

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UK | France | Germany



Release Date:

13 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alone in Berlin See more »

Filming Locations:

Görlitz, Saxony, Germany See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Marco Pacchioni and Vincent Perez acquired the rights to the novel in 2007. See more »


Otto Quangel: Sometimes I feel the danger - as if it was so physical. I actually feel it.
Anna Quangel: Please, don't frighten me.
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Version of Everyone Dies in His Own Company (1976) See more »

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Moving but not depressing. A masterclass in acting from a stellar ensemble cast.
2 March 2017 | by TushpiSee all my reviews

Having come close to losing a son in Afghanistan I could entirely relate to the despair and cold anger at the lies and injustice, the central characters felt. I was overwhelmed with emotion and the movie stayed with me for days.

Both Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson turn in outstanding performances, as do a number of the supporting cast members. The film allows a window into the fear, shame, and hopelessness the German people must have felt, as the war progressed and the true reality of the impacts of allowing rampant thuggery, cruelty and bigotry into power, was revealed. Parallels perhaps to certain events going on in the world today?

Brendan Gleeson is an outstanding actor who depicts ' everyman' with authenticity. This movie being a case in point. Without any histrionics this movie delivers. The ending was unanticipated and well crafted. The fact that it is a true story only adds to its power. Highly recommended.

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