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At Theaters: 12/15/2006 On Video: 5/22/2007
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 45 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 479967
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Intrigue mounts as Jake tries to uncover the secrets Lena may be hiding in her desperation to get herself and her husband out of Berlin. Tully, a soldier in the American army motor pool assigned to drive Jake around Berlin, has black market connections that may be Lena's way out -- or lead them all into even darker territory.
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Drama Thriller - This is a slow, black-and-white homage to '40s era film noir. This is one for the real film fans as it's all about the retro style. Fans of Tobey Maguire may be disappointed by his limited screen time.
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Cast and Crew Heading
George Clooney SYRIANA, OCEANS 12, INTOLERABLE CRUELTY
Cate Blanchett BABEL, THE AVIATOR
Tobey Maguire SPIDER- MAN 2, SEABISCUIT, SPIDER-MAN, WONDER BOYS
Beau Bridges ROCKETMAN
Tony Curran UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION
Director: Steven Soderbergh OCEANS 12, SOLARIS, FULL FRONTAL, OCEAN'S ELEVEN
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About The Production
The Characters
Creating Post-War Berlin
Costuming
The Musical Element
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 25 F-words, 5 S-words, 1 GD, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Sex as well as unrelated nudity.
VIOLENCE: Fights and shootings with blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: Some fights.
COMEDY: None.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average The Good German, Steven Soderbergh's film noir homage, is nearly perfect when it comes to style and tone, but it concentrates so single-mindedly on the mechanics of the narrative that it loses sight of its characters.

USA Today Full Review
Average The Good German, Steven Soderbergh's homage to film noir and wartime thrillers, is technically stunning but narratively and thematically hollow.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Berlin, 1945.

U.S. war correspondent Jake Geismer (GEORGE CLOONEY) has just arrived to cover the upcoming Potsdam Peace Conference, where Allied leaders will meet to determine the fate of a vanquished Germany and a newly liberated Europe…and, in the process, carve up what's left of any value for themselves.

It's not Jake's first visit to Berlin. He once managed a news bureau here. He once fell in love here. But that seems a lifetime ago as he takes in the staggering devastation on the jeep ride from the airport to his hotel in the American zone.

Jake's driver, Corporal Tully (TOBEY MAGUIRE), exudes small-town American charm—an eager, guileless, good-natured kid from the Midwest. In reality, he's corrupt to the core, bartering anything and anyone, and playing all sides for the highest price. But that's not unusual. Everyone in Berlin has a secret now. Everyone is working an angle to get what they need: money, power, survival…or just a way out.

Tully's black market dealings don't interest Jake, but Tully's girlfriend does. She's Lena Brandt (CATE BLANCHETT), Jake's former love, although somehow, now, not quite the person he once knew. She has been irrevocably changed by the war, the hardship of life in this ruined city and the burden of her own secrets.

When Tully ends up in the Russian zone with 100,000 marks in his pocket and a bullet in his back, Jake finds himself drawn into the mystery of this murder, and the bigger mystery of why both the American and Russian authorities look the other way.

The deeper his investigation takes him, the more it leads him back to Lena. Jake discovers that it is nearly impossible to unearth the truth in a time and place where people are still reeling from the horrors of the war and desperate to salvage their humanity in the shadow of the often unbearable knowledge of what they did to survive.

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