The Rose Garden (1989)





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The US/German co-production The Rose Garden is based on an actual court case. Cast against type, Maximillian Schell plays a shabby old man who, without warning, attacks well-to-do Kurt Hubner at the Frankfurt airport. Hubner presses charges, and it looks like an open-and-shut case. But public-defender Liv Ullmann, who has witnessed the incident, is urged by her daughter to defend the poverty-stricken Schell in court. During her investigation, Ullman learns that Schell is a concentration-camp survivor who lost his sister to a hideous Nazi medical experiment, and that Hubner was commandant at the camp where this and other atrocities occurred. Hubner has been able to legally maneuver his way out of Germany, and was en route to parts unknown when Schell recognized him and attacked him. Even though she is armed with this information, Ullmann cannot be certain that justice will be served to the correct man. The Rose Garden is a provocative, compelling piece, deliberately and methodically raising more questions than can possibly be answered within its 112 minute running time.
Art House & International , Drama
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Liv Ullmann
as Reichenbach's lawyer
Maximilian Schell
as Aaron Reichenbach
Peter Fonda
as Herbert Schlueter
Jan Niklas
as George Paessler
Kurt Hubner
as Arnold Krenn
Hanns Zischler
as Prof. Eckert
Gila Almagor
as Ruth Levi
Katarina Lena Muller
as Tina Schlueter-Freund
Mareike Carriere
as Ms. Moerbler
Georg Marischka
as Brinkmann
Özay Fecht
as Mrs. Marques
Friedhelm Lehmann
as Prof. Stauffer
Lutz Weidlich
as Schubert
Peter Kortenbach
as Emminger
Marco Kroger
as Harald
Dagmar Cassens
as Dr. Kurth
Horst Scheel
as Ward Physician
Roland Schafer
as SS Doctor
Uwe Schawz
as SS Unterscharfueher
Helmut Krauss
as Taxi Driver
Rolf Mautz
as SS Rottenfuehrer
Martin Hoppe
as Young Krenn
Helga Sloop
as Old Lady
Helmut Kraus
as Taxi Driver
Barbara Werz
as Frau Hasold
Sylvia Martin
as Frau Stulp
Andreas Schmidt
as Vladimir
Ines Fridman
as Rachel Reichenbach
Evelyn Kussmann
as Ruth Reichenbach
Ute Brankatsch
as Journalist
Jean-Theo Jost
as Court Officer
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