The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer)

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Germany, 1957. Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann. The lieutenant colonel, responsible for the mass deportation of the Jews, is allegedly hiding in Buenos Aires. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take crimes from the Third Reich to court ever since his return from Danish exile. However, with no success so far due to the fierce German determination to repress its sinister past. Because of his distrust in the German justice system, Fritz Bauer contacts the Israeli secret service Mossad, and, by doing so, commits treason. Bauer is not seeking revenge for the Holocaust--he is concerned with the German future.

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Burghart Klaussner
as Fritz Bauer
Ronald Zehrfeld
as Karl Angermann
Jörg Schüttauf
as Paul Gebhardt
Sebastian Blomberg
as Ulrich Kreidler
Robert Atzorn
as Hans Jasper
Christopher Buchholz
as Lothar Hermann
Stefan Gebelhoff
as Staatsanwalt Jankowski
Cornelia Gröschel
as Charlotte Angermann
Rüdiger Klink
as Heinz Mahler
Dani Levy
as Chaim Cohn
Paulus Manker
as Friedrich Morlach
Götz Schubert
as Georg August Zinn
Laura Tonke
as Fräulein Schütt
Anna von Haebler
as Junge Frau
Chaim Cohn
as Dani Levy
Tilo Werner
as Isser Harel
Michael Schenk
as Adolf Eichmann
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  • A more-or-less successful thriller that can rely for tension on the shadowy setting of a society trying to hide from itself.

    Oct 21, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Klaussner's powerful performance as Bauer ... snaps the picture back into focus.

    Sep 8, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a compelling portrait both of Bauer and of a fraught moment in German history.

    Sep 1, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Kraume brings muted colors and a claustrophobic, urgent energy to the procedural part of this story, while reminding us that not every moral hero looks like Captain America - in fact, like Bauer, they can be a rumpled, misanthropic mess.

    Sep 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Klaussner's fine performance keeps us on edge through most of the film, even though we know the result.

    Aug 24, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • What "The People vs. Fritz Bauer" does so well is distill large, complicated political issues into an intimate, personal story about one man's desire to bring not only justice, but catharsis to post-war Germany, mired in a fog of complacency.

    Aug 19, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • May 08, 2018
    Bauer's engagement in hunting down Nazis in the 1950s makes for a pretty interesting plot. Unfortunately, the delivery, especially by camerawork and music is sometimes closer to a TV movie than a motion picture. Same goes for some minor actors. The sleazy journalist or genderbending hooker feel entirely out of place in this story, even though they're probably based on true events. Still, a pretty interesting look at Germany at a time when the country wanted to move on but still had some leftover Nazis in their midst.
    Jens S Super Reviewer

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