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Taking Sides (2001)

Not Rated
108 min | Drama, Music, War

A tale based on the life of Wilhelm Furtwangler, the controversial conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic whose tenure coincided with the controversial Nazi era. One of the most spectacular and renowned conductors of the 1930s, Furtwangler's...See moreA tale based on the life of Wilhelm Furtwangler, the controversial conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic whose tenure coincided with the controversial Nazi era. One of the most spectacular and renowned conductors of the 1930s, Furtwangler's reputation rivalled that of Toscanini's. After the war, he was investigated as part of the Allies' de-Nazification program. In the bombed-out Berlin of the immediate post-war period, the Allies slowly bring law and order, and justice, to bear in an occupied Germany. An American Major is given the Furtwangler file, and is told to find everything he can and to prosecute the man ruthlessly. Tough and hard-nosed, Major Steve Arnold sets out to investigate a world of which he knows nothing. Orchestra members vouch for Furtwangler's morality. He did what he could to protect Jewish players from his orchestra. To the Germans, deeply respectful of their musical heritage, Furtwangler was a demigod; to Major Arnold, he is just a lying, weak-willed Nazi. Written by Sujit R. Varma See less
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Ronald Harwood (play) (screenplay)
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Sep 5, 2003 (United States)

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Harvey Keitel
Major Steve Arnold Major Steve Arnold   See fewer
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Stellan Skarsgård
Dr. Wilhelm Furtwängler Dr. Wilhelm Furtwängler   See fewer
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Moritz Bleibtreu
Lt. David Wills Lt. David Wills   See fewer
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Birgit Minichmayr
Emmi Straube Emmi Straube   See fewer
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Ulrich Tukur
Helmut Alfred Rode, 2nd violinist Helmut Alfred Rode, 2nd violinist   See fewer
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Oleg Tabakov
Colonel Dymshitz Colonel Dymshitz   See fewer
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Hanns Zischler
Rudolf Otto Werner, oboist Rudolf Otto Werner, oboist   See fewer
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Armin Rohde
Schlee, timpanist Schlee, timpanist   See fewer
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R. Lee Ermey
General Wallace General Wallace   See fewer
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August Zirner
Captain Ed Martin Captain Ed Martin   See fewer
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Daniel White
Sergeant Adams Sergeant Adams   See fewer
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Thomas Thieme
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Jed Curtis
Colonel Green Colonel Green   See fewer
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Garrick Hagon
Major Richards Major Richards   See fewer
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Robin Renucci
Captain Vernay Captain Vernay   See fewer
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Markus Heinicke
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Aleksandar Tesla
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Jarreth J. Merz
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Holger Schober
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Frank Leboeuf
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Philip Bowen
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Thomas Morris
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Peter Döring
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Rinat Shaham
Jazz Singer Jazz Singer   See fewer
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Matthias Wilke
Schmidt Schmidt   See fewer
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Holger Jahn
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Werner Zwosta
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Thomas Rösicke
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Marco Riccardi
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Jourii Babalikachvili
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Henry Schindler
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Chris Martin
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Benno Wirth
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Wilhelm Furtwängler
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Joseph Goebbels
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Heinrich Himmler
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Adolf Hitler
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István Szabó
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7.1 / 10 | 3,051 votes