The Reader

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  • Genre(s): Drama Romance
  • Release year: 2008
  • Running time: 124 min
The Reader is a 2008 German-American romantic drama film directed by Stephen Daldry and written by David Hare, based on the 1995 German novel of the same name by Bernhard Schlink. Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet star along with the young actor David Kross. read more
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The Reader is a 2008 German-American romantic drama film directed by Stephen Daldry and written by David Hare, based on the 1995 German novel of the same name by Bernhard Schlink. Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet star along with the young actor David Kross. It was the last film for producers Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack, both of whom had died prior to release. Production began in Germany in September 2007, and the film opened in limited release on December 10, 2008. It tells the story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who, as a mid-teenager in 1958, had an affair with an older woman, Hanna Schmitz, who then disappeared only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp. Michael realizes that Hanna is keeping a personal secret she believes is worse than her Nazi past – a secret which, if revealed, could help her at the trial. Winslet and Kross, who plays the young Michael, received acclaim for their performances; Winslet won a number of awards for her role, including the Academy Award for Best Actress. The film itself was nominated for several other major awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Original Release

12/12/2008

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Cast

Ralph Fiennes Michael Berg
Kate Winslet Hanna Schmitz
Bruno Ganz Professor Rohl
Alexandra Maria Lara Young Ilana Mather
Volker Bruch Dieter
David Kross Young Michael Berg
Jeanette Hain Brigitte
Hannah Herzsprung Julia
Karoline Herfurth Marthe
Fabian Busch Hanna's Defence Council / Verteidiger
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Bernhard Schlink, Stephen Daldry

Writers

Bernhard Schlink, David Hare

Cast

Ralph Fiennes Michael Berg
Kate Winslet Hanna Schmitz
Bruno Ganz Professor Rohl
Alexandra Maria Lara Young Ilana Mather
Volker Bruch Dieter
David Kross Young Michael Berg
Jeanette Hain Brigitte
Hannah Herzsprung Julia
Karoline Herfurth Marthe
Fabian Busch Hanna's Defence Council / Verteidiger
Vijessna Ferkic Sophie
Susanne Lothar Carla Berg
Matthias Habich Peter Berg
Burghart Klaußner Judge
Sylvester Groth Prosecuting Council
Jürgen Tarrach Gerhard Bade (as Juergen Tarrach)
Florian Bartholomai Thomas Berg
Moritz Grove Holger
Kirsten Block Female Judge
Margarita Broich Co-Defendant

Producers

Editors

Claire Simpson

2009 Oscar Best Motion Picture of the Year Nominated
2009 Oscar Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Won
2009 Oscar Best Achievement in Directing Nominated
2009 Oscar Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay Nominated
2009 Oscar Best Achievement in Cinematography Nominated
2009 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
2009 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Won
2009 Golden Globe Best Director - Motion Picture Nominated
2009 Golden Globe Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Nominated
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