Judgment in Berlin (1988)





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In 1978, an East German waiter used a toy gun to hijack a Polish airliner heading for East Berlin and forced the pilot to land at an American Air Force base in West Germany. The best-selling book about the ensuing trial of the hijacker -- written by the presiding judge, Herbert J. Stern -- is given film treatment by director Leo Penn. The back story involves a West German contractor working both sides of Germany, who has fallen in love with a woman from East Berlin. The contractor arranges for … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Leo Penn, Joshua Sinclair
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 2004
New Line Cinema



as Helmut Thiele

as Herbert J Stern

as Guenther X

as Bernard Hellring

as Judah Best

as Uri Andreyev

as Bruno Ristau

as Edwin Palmer

as Hans Schuster

as Marsha Stern

as Alan Sherman

as Sigrid Radke

as Guenther X's Mother

as Rock Singer in Night...
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Critic Reviews for Judgment in Berlin

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Full Review… | October 24, 2008
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Time Out
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Chicago Reader
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New York Times
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Washington Post
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October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for Judgment in Berlin

During the days of the Berlin Wall a trial in that city for a East German who freely admits that he hijacked a passenger flight in order to escape to the West. Directed by Sean Penn's father, Leo, and including a centerpiece performance by Sean himself, this Martin Sheen production (with a star turn given by Sheen as well) reeks of sentimental liberalism but is nonetheless touching.

Kevin M. Williams

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