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The Good German (2006)

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While in post-war Berlin to cover the Potsdam Conference, an American military journalist is drawn into a murder investigation which involves his former mistress and his driver.

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Steven Soderbergh

Writers:

Paul Attanasio (screenplay), Joseph Kanon (novel)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Clooney ... Jake Geismer
Cate Blanchett ... Lena Brandt
Tobey Maguire ... Tully
Beau Bridges ... Colonel Muller
Tony Curran ... Danny
Leland Orser ... Bernie
Jack Thompson ... Congressman Breimer
Robin Weigert ... Hannelore
Ravil Isyanov ... General Sikorsky
Christian Oliver ... Emil Brandt
Dave Power ... Lieutenant Schaeffer
Don Pugsley ... Gunther
Dominic Comperatore ... Levi
John Roeder ... General
J. Paul Boehmer ... British Press Aide
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Storyline

Berlin, July, 1945. Journalist Jake Geismer arrives to cover the Potsdam conference, issued a captain's uniform for easier passage. He also wants to find Lena, an old flame who's now a prostitute desperate to get out of Berlin. He discovers that the driver he's assigned, a cheerful down-home sadist named Corporal Tully, is Lena's keeper. When the body of a murdered man washes up in Potsdam (within the Russian sector), Jake may be the only person who wants to solve the crime: U.S. personnel are busy finding Nazis to bring to trial, the Russians and the Americans are looking for German rocket scientists, and Lena has her own secrets. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Every heart has its secrets, some more dangerous than others. See more »


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Rated R for language, violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

19 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El buen alemán See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,817, 17 December 2006

Gross USA:

$1,308,696

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,914,908
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

When Geismar checks Lena's file in the Records archive at Military Government headquarters, he discovers only a note in the folder saying the file has been "sent to Overcast." Operation Overcast was the U.S. Army's 1945 operation to bring German rocket scientists (such as Wernher Von Braun) and their families to America following the end of the war. (It was later re-named Operation Paperclip.) See more »

Goofs

Upon Geismer's first visit to her apartment, Lena lights the stove and begins heating a kettle. Shortly, she announces she is going to bed, leaving the kettle over the stove's flame (as well as a lit candle on the table). See more »

Quotes

Bernie Teitel: This guy? Drove one of the gas vans. They'd load the Jews in back, run the exhaust inside.
Bernie Teitel: [inhales] By the time they got where they were going, they were already dead. Very efficient. Driving to work, he killed more people than Al Capone in all his years in Chicago. But if you asked him, he isn't a murderer, he's a truck driver. And he still thinks that.
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All the logos appear in black and white, while the Warner Brothers logo appears in the forties old style See more »

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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Somebody Else Is Taking My Place
Written by Bob Ellsworth, Dick Howard and Russ Morgan
Performed by William Marsh, Chris Ross, Johnny Britt and Gary Stockdale
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Third Men Don't Wear Plaid on a Night in Casablanca
30 September 2008 | by mick-137See all my reviews

Unforgivable pastiche of some infinitely better movies. George Clooney is a journalist sent to cover the 1945 Potsdam conference and in typical movie journalist fashion somehow manages to do no work whatsoever while being drawn into a web of mystery and intrigue. He's possibly the least effectual thriller hero of all time, more Holly Golightly than Holly Martins, and one of the few pleasures the film offers is wondering who will be the next character to jump him from behind and beat him senseless. Will it be the double amputee? The little boy with the bicycle? Absurdities abound, there's unforgivable misuse of narration and all the moody black-and-white photography in the world couldn't make up for a plot more full of holes than the buildings of post-War Berlin. All this could have been redeemed by a bit of chemistry between the leads or some lively pacing but everybody involved seems to be half asleep, possibly numbed into submission by the dreary sub-Elgarian score. The only good thing about this movie is that you leave with a greatly enhanced respect for the skill and sophistication of the bygone filmmakers whose work it so singularly fails to emulate.


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