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The Man in the Glass Booth (1975)

PG | | Drama | 27 January 1975 (USA)
Mossad agents kidnap an American Jewish man, accuse him of being a fugitive Nazi war criminal and take him to Jerusalem to face trial for genocide.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writer:

Edward Anhalt (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maximilian Schell ... Arthur Goldman
Lois Nettleton ... Miriam Rosen
Lawrence Pressman ... Charlie Cohn
Luther Adler ... Presiding Judge
Lloyd Bochner ... Dr. Churchill
Robert H. Harris ... Dr. Weisburger
Henry Brown ... Jack
Norbert Schiller ... Dr. Schmidt
Berry Kroeger ... Joachim Berger
Leonardo Cimino ... Dr. Alvarez
Connie Sawyer ... Mrs. Levi
Leonidas Ossetynski Leonidas Ossetynski ... Samuel Weisberg (as Leonidas Ossettynski)
David Nash David Nash ... Rami
Martin Berman Martin Berman ... Uri
Richard Rasof Richard Rasof ... Moshe
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Storyline

Arthur Goldman is a rich Jewish industrialist, living in luxury in a Manhattan high-rise. He banters with his assistant Charlie, often shocking Charlie with his outrageousness and irreverence about aspects of Jewish life. Nonetheless, Charlie is astonished when, one day, Israeli secret agents burst in and arrest Goldman for being not a Jewish businessman but a Nazi war criminal. Whisked to Israel for trial, Goldman forces his accusers to face not only his presumed guilt--but their own. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The kidnapping . . . . The masquerade . . . The murder trial . . . . Perhaps the most suspenseful shocker of our time.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

27 January 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre de la cabina de cristal See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Lawrence Pressman in this film reprized his role as Charlie Cohn from the Broadway stage production of "The Man in the Glass Booth". See more »

Goofs

The X-ray that the attorney holds up is supposedly the defendant's shoulder. In fact it shows a woman's pelvis, with an IUD in place. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Goldman: Passion play is a passion play.
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Connections

Featured in Sunset Over Mulholland Drive (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Es war ein Edelweiss
(uncredited)
Written by Herms Niel
Sung by Lawrence Pressman and Maximilian Schell
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Max Shell is the movie
14 January 1999 | by lousvrSee all my reviews

A unique and terrific movie. Max Shell is the movie. One of his best acting performances. Complex plot calls for close focus and attention. It took quite some time to understand story due to its 'Cerebral layering' of just what is the goal of Shell's character. One very interesting note to movie is that it was based on a broadway play (which on opening had near riots by audiences due to misunderstanding of plot and closed shortly thereafter)and that was based on the original book, both written by none other then Robert Shaw (Capt Quint of 'Jaws' fame). Story is he was involved with the screenwriting or consulting, but in either case Shaw had his name removed in any connection with the movie. Why? Don't know. Unhappy with movie version?? The biggest trouble with this movie is that it is very, very difficult to find. Never shown on TV(where I originally saw on a PBS channel back in ~1979) or in most Video Catalogs. Find it.It's worth the effort. Best of luck.


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