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The Good German

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Director: Steven Soderbergh,

Cast: George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Tobey Maguire

A U.S. Army war correspondent is drawn into a deadly mystery in post-war Berlin as he seeks out his wartime mistress in this adaptation of author Joseph Kanon's best-selling novel. The war is over, and Jake Geismar (George Clooney) is an American journalist assigned the task of covering the peace in Berlin -- but he was once lovers with


A U.S. Army war correspondent is drawn into a deadly mystery in post-war Berlin as he seeks out his wartime mistress in this adaptation of author Joseph Kanon's best-selling novel. The war is over, and Jake Geismar (George Clooney) is an American journalist assigned the task of covering the peace in Berlin -- but he was once lovers with a mysterious woman named Lena Brandt (Cate Blanchett). Lena is a lady with many secrets to hide, however, and now that the fighting has ceased, she has every intention of burying her sins and escaping her dark past. As Jake searches for Lena in war-torn Berlin with the assistance of American Army motor pool driver Tully (Tobey Maguire), the complex web of deceit woven by the desperate woman soon leads all three into the black market, which could prove either the ticket to Lena's ultimate escape or the downfall of both her and her pursuers. Filmed entirely in the style of such Hollywood classics as Casablanca, The Good German was shot by director Steven Soderbergh (under the pseudonym Peter Andrews) using 1940s era lenses, sound-recording techniques, and a decidedly less-mobile camera.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Clooney Jake Geismer
Cate Blanchett Lena Brandt
Tobey Maguire Tully
Beau Bridges Colonel Muller
Tony Curran Danny
Leland Orser Bernie Teitel
Jack Thompson Congressman Breimer
Robin Weigert Hannelore
Ravil Isyanov General Sikorsky
Christian Oliver Emile Brandt
Dave Power Lieutenant Schaeffer
Don Pugsley Gunther
Dominic Comperatore Levi
John Roeder General
J. Paul Boehmer British Press Aide
Igor Korosec Russian Soldier
Boris Kievsky Russian Soldier
Vladimir Kulikov Russian Soldier
Yevgeniy Narovlyanskiy Russian Soldier
Aleksandr Sountsov Russian Soldier
Dean Misch German Boy
Justin Misch German Boy
Justin Pugsley German Boy
Tom Cummins British Interviewer
Brandon Keener Clerk
Gianfranco L'Amore Tordi The Butcher
David Willis Franz Bettmann

Technical Credits
Steven Soderbergh Director,Producer
Peter Andrews Cinematographer
Paul Attanasio Screenwriter
Joni Avery Stunts
Brian Avery Stunts
Matt Baker Stunts
C. Scott Baker Set Decoration/Design
Matt Baker Stunts
Mary Ann Bernard Editor
Jeff Brockton Stunts
Jodi Brockton Stunts
Frederic W. Brost Executive Producer
Hal Burton Stunts
Chad Cleven Stunts
George Clooney Producer
Eliza Coleman Stunts
Ben Cosgrove Producer
Tom Cummins Costumes/Costume Designer
David D. Darling Stunts
Laura Dunlop Choreography
Jeremy Fitzgerald Stunts
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Mickey Giacomazzi Stunts
Lynn Givens Choreography
Sean Graham Stunts
Tabby Hanson Graham Stunts
Jim Hart Stunts
Gene Hartline Stunts
Zoe Hay Makeup
Monica S. Haynes Costumes/Costume Designer
Greg Jacobs Asst. Director,Producer
Julie Kristy Makeup
William J. Law Set Decoration/Design
W.M. III Law Set Decoration/Design
Paul Ledford Sound/Sound Designer
Cris Lombardi Camera Operator
Doug Meerdink Art Director
Philip Messina Production Designer
John Moio Stunts
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Eric Norris Stunts
Carrick O'Quinn Stunts
Vladimir Orlov Stunts
Michael Owen Stunts
Jeff Ramsey Stunts
Jason Rodriguez Stunts
Reese James Spensley Costumes/Costume Designer
Heba Thorisdottir Makeup
Benjamin Waisbren Executive Producer
Bill Willens Stunts
Debra Zane Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Good German
1. Jake Back in Berlin [6:05]
2. Tully and Lena [6:33]
3. "Where is Emil Brandt?" [3:46]
4. Tully Makes Sikorsky an Offer [3:51]
5. Deja Vu at the Bugi-Wugi Club [4:09]
6. Murder in Potsdam [3:39]
7. Jake Questioned by Colonel Muller [2:54]
8. Asking Bernie for Help [3:05]
9. Hannelore [6:22]
10. Sikorsky and Jake [4:57]
11. Jake and Lena [8:53]
12. Bernie Brings Jake In [1:17]
13. Muller Explains the Spoils of War [3:35]
14. Jake Confronts Lena About Dora [3:50]
15. Truman's Potsdam Speech [6:55]
16. Secret Meeting in a Tunnel [2:58]
17. Lena Meets With Bernie [4:40]
18. At the Parade [8:37]
19. Congressman Pays a Visit to Lena [7:45]
20. The Last Piece of the Puzzle [4:52]
21. End Titles [3:50]


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The Good German 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Mister_Nobody More than 1 year ago
This is probable the only movie where I have seen a hollywood actor take a beating in a film once every 5 minutes. Clooney takes a beating so often that is almost the entire movie. Put that together with Maguire playing a revolting officer who is slimy to the extreme and violent to his girlfried - played by Blanchett, who is stunning in this role - and you really get a moody and atmosperic play on the noir film genre. It is sad and really never plays to a happy ending, but it does achieve the realism it wanted. While you may not want to view it again for quite awhile, take the time to watch it for what it is worth. The acting is top notch and very subtle and the black and white imaging does the trick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Viewers are split on reaction to Steven Soderbergh's experimental THE GOOD GERMAN and for good reason. The theatrical and cinematic qualities of this film noir are stunning, creating not only a flashback to the 1940s films but to the period of the 1940s in postwar Europe. The story is rich in suspense, visual surprises, and intrigue, and manages to unfold a complex tale involving many characters in a manner that keeps the viewer guessing about the outcome until the final image fades. But the film takes a hefty does of patience to appreciate. Potsdam conference, 1945 in decimated Berlin is the scene. Capt. Jacob 'Jake' Geismer (George Clooney) arrives to observe and report on the conference and is assigned a driver named Tully (Tobey Maguire), a fast talking, manipulative opportunist who loves post-war Berlin for the easy money it allows a doofus like him to make. Tully happens to have a lover, the mysterious Lena Brandt (Cate Blanchett), who he is trying to assist in escaping from Germany. As luck would have it Lena had been a previous lover of Jake in his prior time in Berlin. The action begins when the Russians, the British, and the Americans reveal their attempt to locate rocket scientist Emil Brandt, Lena's husband who she declares has been long dead. A murder occurs, espionage takes over and the film runs its cat and mouse chase for the discovery of the real Emil Brandt and the secrets his capture represent at this crucial junction in time - the Potsdam Conference. The characters in the film come close to being caricatures: Ravil Isyanov as the main Russian figure, Beau Bridges and Jack Thompson as the main American figures, Robin Weigert as the requisite good prostitute/stripper roommate of Lena, Tony Curran representing the British presence, and Don Pugsley as the German evil presence that ties the whole story together. Blanchett is her usual splendid self, adding a true sense of mystery and allure to her multifaceted role, George Clooney is on target as Jake, and Tobey Maguire manages to get on our nerves as the nerdy but clever Tully. The pleasure in this film comes from Soderbergh's mastery of the medium not only as director but as cinematographer, and by Thomas Newman's period perfect score as orchestrated by the immensely talented Thomas Pasatieri fleshes out the film's effect. Knowing that public and critical reaction is split, the film is a good evening of adventure: every viewer will elect which side of the critique to follow. Grady Harp
gailannsoebbing More than 1 year ago
Why do all screenwriter's seem to change things that happen in the books. The book is so much better. The movie could have been just as gripping without the changes (unneeded).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago