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Der Unhold (The Ogre) (1999)

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Abel is in France during WW II and is falsely accused and convicted of rape. During the war he is freed by German invaders who give him a job riding out to kidnap boys suitable for being trained in the SS. Eventually Abel gets a chance to redeem himself.

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Cast

John Malkovich
as Abel Tiffauges
Gottfried John
as Chief Forrester
Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Count of Kaltenborn
Caspar Salmon
as Young Abel
Volker Spengler
as Reichsmarshall Hermann Goring
Heino Ferch
as SS Officer Raufeisen
Dieter Laser
as Prof. Blattchen
Sasha Hanau
as Martine
Simon McBurney
as Brigadier
Luc Florian
as Prisoner of War
Laurent Spielvogel
as Prisoner of War
Marc Duvet
as Prisoner of War
Phillipe Stubelle
as Prisoner of War
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Critic Reviews for Der Unhold (The Ogre)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Schlöndorff and Jean-Claude Carrière find in Michel Tournier's novel a companion piece to their earlier Günter Grass adaptation, The Tin Drum.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Episodic and vaguely surreal, it is the antithesis of a Hollywood film that tells us what to feel. Having unfolded an ever-widening series of moral questions, it deliberately leaves them hanging.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

With his slightly cross- eyed gaze of wonderment mixed with ferocious intensity, Malkovich makes Abel both childlike and frightening.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Haunting as the film is, it never feels quite cohesive.

June 25, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Astonishing, disturbing, and altogether an affecting piece of work, The Ogre is Schlondorff -- and everyone else involved -- working in top form.

December 3, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Austin Chronicle

From its awkward childhood prologue, which features painfully bad acting, to its title character, a simple-minded, large-of-stature man played by the most intellectual-seeming and average-sized of actors (John Malkovich), The Ogre is ill conceived.

January 29, 2003 | Full Review…
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Der Unhold (The Ogre)

Persoanlly expected more from the director of The Tin Drum & Ulzhan, Way more

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