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The Rose Garden (1989)

In Germany, an old man attacks another old man and is arrested. The attacker refuses to speak. A female lawyer is appointed to him. She discovers that the attacker has numbers tattooed on his arm and the attacked man was a German officer.

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Fons Rademakers

Writers:

Artur Brauner (as Art Bernd), Paul Hengge
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liv Ullmann ... Gabriele
Maximilian Schell ... Aaron
Peter Fonda ... Herbert
Jan Niklas ... Paessler
Hanns Zischler ... Eckert
Kurt Hübner Kurt Hübner ... Krenn
Georg Marischka Georg Marischka ... Brinkmann
Gila Almagor ... Ruth
Lena Müller Lena Müller ... Tina (as Katarina Lena Müller)
Nicolaus Sombart Nicolaus Sombart ... Judge
Özay Fecht Özay Fecht ... Mrs. Marques
Achim Ruppel Achim Ruppel ... Klaus
Friedhelm Lehmann Friedhelm Lehmann ... Professor Stauffer
Mareike Carrière ... Mrs. Moerbler (as Mareike Carriere)
Lutz Weidlich Lutz Weidlich ... Schubert
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In Germany, an old man attacks another old man and is arrested. The attacker refuses to speak. A female lawyer is appointed to him. She discovers that the attacker has numbers tattooed on his arm and the attacked man was a German officer.

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Drama | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | West Germany | Austria

Language:

Dutch | English

Release Date:

9 February 1990 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rose Garden See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Brooding, suspenseful, sometimes hard to understand

On the whole, I enjoyed this movie. Set in Germany, Liv Ullman is the defense lawyer for Maximillian Schell. Schell is accused of attacking an elderly man without provocation, although we later find out that the man is in fact a Nazi war criminal. The only hope for Schell may be Ullman's tireless search for justice.

Sometimes the movie is edited in such a way that necessary sequences seemed to have been edited out, for instance the first court scene seemed to jump from one point to the next, seeming to miss something in between the two. You'd see Liv Ullman saying something, and then the scene cuts to something which doesn't relate to what she had just been saying, creating confusion.

At times, the movie is highly frustrating - the court scene again, where the plaintiff's lawyer is basically badgering and shouting at defendant Maximillian Schell, and it kept making me want to tell the lawyer to shut up and leave poor Maximillian Schell alone. I know that this kind of behavior wouldn't be tolerated in American court, but the movie is set in Germany (I think, because to be truthful, no locations are ever mentioned except for the times that Ullman sets off for Hamburg).

There are problems with this movie, but they're not overwhelming. Overall I would recommend it, and Liv Ullman gives an outstanding performance.


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