Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex)

2008

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex)

Critics Consensus

Intricately researched and impressively authentic slice of modern German History, with a terrific cast, assured direction, and a cracking script.

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Director Uli Edel teams with screenwriter Bernd Eichinger to explore a dark period in German history with this drama detailing the rise and fall of the Red Army Faction, a left-wing terrorist organization that became increasingly active following World War II. Also known as the Baader-Meinhof Group, the Red Army Faction was formed by the radicalized children of the Nazi generation with the intended goal of battling Western imperialism and the West German establishment. Adapted from author Stefan Aust's definitive account of the group that resorted to killing innocent civilians in the name of democracy and justice, The Baader Meinhof Complex stars Moritz Bleibtreu as Andreas Baader and Martina Gedeck as Ulrike Meinhof. Bruno Ganz co-stars as Horst Herold, the head of the German police force faced with the task of bringing the Red Army Faction to justice.

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Cast

Martina Gedeck
as Ulrike Meinhof
Moritz Bleibtreu
as Andreas Baader
Johanna Wokalek
as Gudrun Ensslin
Bruno Ganz
as Horst Herold
Nadja Uhl
as Brigitte Mohnhaupt
Stipe Erceg
as Holger Meins
Niels Bruno Schmidt
as Jan Carl Raspe
Vinzenz Kiefer
as Peter-Jürgen Boock
Simon Licht
as Horst Mahler
Daniel Lommatzsch
as Christian Klar
Sebastian Blomberg
as Rudi Dutschke
Martin Glade
as Benno Ohnesorg
Hannah Herzsprung
as Susanne Albrecht
Heino Ferch
as Dietrich Koch, Horst Herold's assistant
Tom Schilling
as Josef Bachmann
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  • Two problems I had with the film were that the subtitles were too small making them difficult to read and that they did not remain on the screen long enough to adequately read. Nevertheless, it is an amazing movie and well worth your time.

    Jan 16, 2018 | Full Review…

    Ed Koch

    The Atlantic
    Top Critic
  • It doggedly refuses easy ways out, and it has the guts, brains and critical eye to plumb the roots of terror and its bloody consequences.

    Oct 16, 2009 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • The Baader-Meinhof Complex is not an easy film to watch; its violence is ugly and brutish. And there's a lot of it.

    Oct 1, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Part thriller, part social history, this tense 2008 drama traces the rise and fall of the Baader-Meinhof gang.

    Sep 25, 2009 | Full Review…
  • It'd be nice to see an American filmmaker commit a similar reckoning with the Watts riots, the Weather Underground, or the Black Power movement, not simply resort to cant and kitsch but to really interpret those moments.

    Sep 25, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There are some literally killer performances here, most notably Johanna Wokalek as Gudrun.

    Sep 18, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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