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The Baader Meinhof Complex

150 min | 184 min (extended cut)
Action | Biography | Crime | Drama
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Uli Edel
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 18 nominations
Country: Germany
Release Date: 2008-09-25
Filming Locations: Bavaria-Ateliers, Geiselgasteig, Grünwald, Bavaria, Germany
Opening Weekend: £108,791 (UK) (16 November 2008)
Gross: $476,270 (USA) (6 December 2009)
Susanne Bormann
Susanne Bormann
The Baader Meinhof Complex
Heino Ferch
Heino Ferch
The Baader Meinhof Complex
Jan Josef Liefers
Jan Josef Liefers
The Baader Meinhof Complex
Martina Gedeck
Ulrike Meinhof
Moritz Bleibtreu
Andreas Baader
Johanna Wokalek
Gudrun Ensslin
Nadja Uhl
Brigitte Mohnhaupt
Stipe Erceg
Holger Meins
Niels-Bruno Schmidt
Jan Carl Raspe
Vinzenz Kiefer
Peter-Jürgen Boock
Simon Licht
Horst Mahler
Alexandra Maria Lara
Petra Schelm
Daniel Lommatzsch
Christian Klar
Sebastian Blomberg
Rudi Dutschke
Hannah Herzsprung
Susanne Albrecht
Tom Schilling
Josef Bachmann
Bruno Ganz
Horst Herold
Hans Werner Meyer
Klaus-Rainer Röhl
Katharina Wackernagel
Anna Thalbach
Volker Bruch
Stefan Aust
Jasmin Tabatabai
Thomas Thieme
Richter Dr. Prinzing
Michael Gwisdek
Helmut Ensslin - Gudruns Vater
Hubert Mulzer
Jürgen Ponto
Alexander Held
Siegfried Buback
Bernd Stegemann
Hanns Martin Schleyer
Annika Kuhl
Patrick von Blume
Sandra Borgmann
Sieglinde Hofmann
Michael Schenk
Anwalt Hagemann
Hannes Wegener
Willy Peter Stoll
Johannes Suhm
Christian Schmidt
Stephan Möller-Titel
Thomas Lorenz
Andreas Tobias
Jona Mues
Elisabeth Schwarz
Ilse Ensslin - Gudruns Mutter
Britta Hammelstein
Christian Blümel
Siegfried Hausner
Peter Schneider
Gerhard Müller
Jakob Diehl
Wolfgang Pregler
Anstaltsleiter Stammheim
Leopold Hornung
Christian Näthe
Hassam Ghancy
Martin Glade
Benno Ohnesorg
Andreas Schröders
Nina Eichinger
Sunnyi Melles
Fr. Buddenberg
Rainer Reiners
Joachim Schweizer
Einsatzleiter Berliner Polizei
Ralf Tempel
Michaela Anderle
Joachim Paul Assböck
Günther Scheicher
Mathias Backhaus
Kirsten Block
Frau Ponto
Marcus Bode
Andreas Borcherding
Kath. Pfarrer
Leonie Brandis
Friederike Dollinger
Willy Brandt
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ben Braun
Polizist (uncredited)
Jo Brauner
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hans-Jürgen Brendel
Ramzi Chaabane
Sara Ciabattini
René Compagnini
Joel Cross
Riot Extra (uncredited)
Eckhard Dilssner
Horst Bubeck
Empress Farah
Herself (uncredited)
Frank Engster
Marco Fischer
Hartnäckiger Reporter
Kim Frank
Samir Fuchs
Arabischer Fahrer
Philipp Fündling
Uwe Grimm
Andreas Haslinger
Partygast Sylt (uncredited)
Marc Hellige
Alexandru Herca
Tabea Hertzog
Christian Hoening
Jana Honczek
Norbert Hülm
Ramona Jankowski
Adam Jaskolka
Andreas Kattner
Torben Kessler
Polizist (uncredited)
Kurt-Georg Kiesinger
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dorothea Klinger
Susann Klöden
Ralph Kretschmar
Gruppenmitglied Jens
Stanislaus Kroppach
Karl-Heinz Köpcke
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jonas Laleman
René Lay
Heinz Marcisz
Robert Lehmann
Cedric Lingfeld
Adam-Victor Linkowski
Polizist (uncredited)
Carlo Ljubek
Bettina Lohmeyer
Jim McKay
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ulrich Meinecke
Student im Citroen (uncredited)
Smaïl Mekki
Abu Hassan
Ilker Meric
Israelischer Sportler
Stephan Meyer-Kohlhoff
Nachtwächter (uncredited)
Monika Mondberger-Zimmerling
Alexander Müller
Polizist (uncredited)
Sieglinde Oppert
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leon Palamarciuc
Jörg Purschke
Goran Rakonjac
Baader-Sympathisant (uncredited)
Alexandra Rothert
Peters Freundin
Nico Rüder
Sebastian Rüger
Toshko Savov
Polizist (uncredited)
Paul Schlase
Helmut Schmidt
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lara Schroder
Kerstin Schröder
Andreas Schumacher
Partygast Sylt (uncredited)
Michael Schweitzer
Paul Schwesig
Baader-Sympathisant (uncredited)
Dietmar Schäffner
Esther Seibt
Simone - Stefan Austs girlfriend (uncredited)
Hans-Dieter Stallmann
Julia Stenke
Pedro Stirner
Jutta Torkler-Schulz
Martin Toth
Polizist (uncredited)
Karol Unterharnscheidt
Henrike von Kuick
Martin Walch
Justizbeamter Stammheim
Nicolas Walier
Polizist (uncredited)
Oliver Walser
Einsatzleiter Schweden
Vanessa Wieduwilt
Mitarbeiterin schwedische Botschaft
Chris Wilpert
Marco Winzer
Polizist (uncredited)
Julita Witt
Viktoria Zavgorodnyaya
Alan Zielonko
Security advisor (uncredited)
Katja Zinsmeister
Angela Luther (uncredited)
Mario Zuber
Susanne Zygmunt
Did you know?
The movie poster which can be seen at the beginning of the film is from "Mourning Becomes Electra".
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Ex-terrorist Brigitte Mohnhaupt, who was released on probation in the spring of 2008 after 24 years in jail, took the production company Constantin to court for the sex scene, demanding that it be deleted. A Hamburg court dismissed the suit in December 2008.
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As an immediate reaction to the movie, Ignes Ponto, widow of Jürgen Ponto, whose assassination is portrayed in the movie, returned her Federal Cross of Merit. She was angry that the Federal Republic of Germany has never even created a memorial for victims of the RAF, but instead helped to finance films like this one about the members of the RAF. Also, she said, she had not been warned about the graphic portrayal of Ponto's assassination when she was invited to the movie premiere and felt humiliated by the producers for making her sit through this without a warning. About a month later, she filed a lawsuit against the producers, who claimed that every scene is historically accurate, because the assassination of her husband, which she had to witness from the next room, was not portrayed as it happened. She demands the scene of the murder of her husband be cut from the movie. The filmmakers claim that they had tried to contact her during production to get the scene right but she had no desire to cooperate. Before this movie, there had been no portrayal of Ponto's assassination on film and she felt the staging of the movie was lurid and dishonoring to her husband. As of this writing, no decision has been reached about the lawsuit.
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During the scene at the Palestinian training camp when the Germans were reprimanded for sunbathing on the rooftop, there is a discontinuity regarding the sunglasses worn by actress Nadja Uhl. During the close-ups, the actress who can be seen standing at the right foreground appears to wearing the sunglasses. When the camera zooms out, she is not wearing the sunglasses but holding them at her hips instead. Yet when the camera switches back to the close-up a few seconds later, she is again wearing the sunglasses.
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The helicopter that police flies near the courtyard of the prison interrupting the prisoners conversation is an Agusta A109 (Hirundo), this helicopter was still in development (early 70's) and first deliveries of it where in 1976 of which none, as far as known, to the German police.
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After Buback's assassination, his car comes to a stop facing a pole which is inconsistent with a historical photograph shown in a subsequent shot.
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Ulrike Meinhof: If you throw a stone, it's a crime. If a thousand stones are thrown, that's political. If you set fire to a car it's a crime; if a hundred cars are set on fire that's political.
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Brigitte Mohnhaupt: Stop seeing them the way they weren't.
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What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Extended German Television Version?
It is not unusual that several German high profile productions, esp. those co-financed by the big German public-service broadcasters, are being extended for their television premieres and shown in two parts. With Der Baader Meinhof Komplex it's not different and an Extended Television Version was created as well. This cut runs approx. 15 minutes longer than the Theatrical Version. Unfortunately this prolonged version doesn't add that much to the movie. A detailed two-part comparison with pictures can be seen here (Part 1) and here (Part 2).
What is the scene at the beginning with the man being shot? How does it fit into the movie?
This is a famous event from recent German history but will likely be baffling to many non-Germans unfamiliar with German history. The event depicted is the killing of Benno Ohnesorg by West German police officer Karl-Heinz Kurras. Ohnesorg had gone to a demonstration protesting the appearance of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, at the opera. People were protesting the Shah's brutal policies in ruling Iran which included torture and the use of secret police (both sensitive subjects in West Germany since the fall of the Nazis). This was the first political protest Ohnesorg had attended and the event quickly turned into a riot as police, the Shah's security, and protesters clashed outside the opera. During the mayhem, Ohnesorg, who was unarmed, was shot in the back of the head by a West German policeman named Karl-Heinz Kurras. As shown in the movie, a photographer shot an iconic photograph of a woman cradling Ohnesorg as he lay dying and this photograph was widely reprinted in the media. Kurras claimed he had shot Ohnesorg accidentally, and he was acquitted of wrongdoing in two trials. The brutal cold blooded slaying of of an innocent German family man trying to exercise his right to protest, as well as the acquittals of his murderer, sparked protests throughout West Germany and is generally credited by German historians as giving new energy to leftist German groups. While mainstream leftists moved the Federal Republic of Germany away from its conservative Nazi past and towards a more progressive politics, radical leftists like the RAF carried out more violent actions.Interestingly enough, in the 21st century, after the communist regimes in East Germany and Russia had fallen, it was revealed that at the time of the shooting, and for many years before, Karl-Heinz Kurras had secretly been a devoted communist and an agent of the Stasi, the East German intelligence service. After this revelation some wondered whether Kurras, whose shooting of Ohnesorg had always been perplexing to most Germans, had acted under orders from his East German handlers as an agent provocateur. However, both Kurras and former Stasi members deny this and it would seem to make little sense for him to have killed Ohnesorg on orders from East Berlin. Before the Ohnesorg killing, Kurras had been a powerful member of the West German police unit charged with uncovering communist moles, a valuable position for the East Germans. After the killing, Kurras became politically radioactive and ended his career in the traffic unit.
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Photos from cast
Susanne Bormann Heino Ferch Jan Josef Liefers