Academy Award winner Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road) delivers a dynamic performance in this "tale of eroticism, secrecy and guilt" (Claudia Puig, USA Today) set in turbulent post-Nazi Germany. Bringing to life the celebrated international novel, Winslet is riveting as Hanna Schmitz - a lonely, working-class woman who experiences a brief but intense affair with a teenage boy. Years later they meet again: Hanna now a defendant in a notorious case and her ex-lover, now a law student, holding the secret to her salvation. Directed by three-time Academy Award nominee Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and featuring Ralph Fiennes (The Duchess) as the grown man still reeling from Hanna's influence, The Reader is a "moving, romantic and poignant story" (Roger Friendman, Fox News) about the difficult distance between truth and reconciliation.

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The Reader (2008)

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Romance/Drama · 2h 4m · 12/12/2008

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Behind the mystery lies a truth that will make you question everything you know.

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Academy Award winner Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road) delivers a dynamic performance in this "tale of eroticism, secrecy and guilt" (Claudia Puig, USA Today) set in turbulent post-Nazi Germany. Bringing to life the celebrated international novel, Winslet is riveting as Hanna Schmitz - a lonely, working-class woman who experiences a brief but intense affair with a teenage boy. Years later they meet again: Hanna now a defendant in a notorious case and her ex-lover, now a law student, holding the secret to her salvation. Directed by three-time Academy Award nominee Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and featuring Ralph Fiennes (The Duchess) as the grown man still reeling from Hanna's influence, The Reader is a "moving, romantic and poignant story" (Roger Friendman, Fox News) about the difficult distance between truth and reconciliation.

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Status

Released

Languages

English, German, Greek

Countries

United States, Germany

Production Companies

The Weinstein Company, Mirage Enterprises, Studio Babelsberg

Budget

$32,000,000

Revenue

$108,901,967
Part Of
Cast
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Rainer Sellien

Teacher
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Torsten Michaelis

Sports Master
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Joachim Tomaschewsky

Stamp Dealer
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Barbara Philipp

Waitress
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Hans Hohlbein

Clerk
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Jürgen Tarrach

Gerhard Bade
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Kirsten Block

Female Judge
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Vijessna Ferkic

Sophie
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Vanessa Berthold

Sophie's Friend
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Benjamin Trinks

Holger's Friend
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Fritz Roth

Tram Supervisor
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Jacqueline Macaulay

Heidelberg Lecturer
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Volker Bruch

Dieter Spenz
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Bruno Ganz

Professor Rohl
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Karoline Herfurth

Marthe
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Max Mauff

Rudolf
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Alexander Kasprik

Seminar Group Student #3
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Burghart Klaußner

Judge
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Sylvester Groth

Prosecuting Council
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Margarita Broich

Co-Defendant #1
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Marie Gruber

Co-Defendant #2
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Lena Lessing

Co-Defendant #3
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Hildegard Schroedter

Co-Defendant #5
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Martin Brambach

Remand Prison Guard #1
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Nadja Engel

Mail Room Guard #1
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Kate Winslet

Hanna Schmitz
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Petra Hartung

Head Prison Guard
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Linda Bassett

Ms. Brenner
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Beata Lehmann

Ms. Brenner's Secretary
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Heike Hanold

Prison Guard (as Heike Hanold-Lynch)
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Bettina Scheuritzel

Gate Guard
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Robin Gooch

Ilana's Maid (as Robin Lyn Gooch)
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Alexandru Herca

Reporter (uncredited)
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Rich Odell

Cab driver (uncredited)
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Sam Luca Scollin

(uncredited)
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Michael Schenk

Remand Prison Guard #2
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Alexandra Maria Lara

Young Ilana Mather
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Lena Olin

Rose Mather / Ilana Mather
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Merelina Kendall

Co-Defendant #4
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Fabian Busch

Hanna's Defense Council
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Jonas Jägermeyr

Seminar Group Student #2
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Ludwig Blochberger

Seminar Group Student #1
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Hannah Herzsprung

Julia
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Moritz Grove

Holger
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Hendrik Arnst

Woodyard Worker
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Marie-Anne Fliegel

Hanna's Neighbor
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Frieder Venus

Doctor
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Friederike Becht

Angela Berg
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Florian Bartholomäi

Thomas Berg
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Alissa Wilms

Emily Berg
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Susanne Lothar

Carla Berg
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Jeanette Hain

Brigitte
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Carmen-Maja Antoni

Prison Librarian
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Anne-Kathrin Gummich

Mail Room Guard #2
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Ava Eusepi-Harris

Young Julia
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Ralph Fiennes

Michael Berg
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David Kross

Young Michael Berg
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Matthias Habich

Peter Berg
Crew
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Bernhard Schlink

Writer
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Stephen Daldry

Director
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David Hare

Writer
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Disc Releases
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The Reader

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

4/28/2009

Disc Title Front Cover

The Reader

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

4/14/2009

Disc Title Front Cover

The Reader

(DVD)

4/14/2009

Disc Title Front Cover

The Reader

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD, Low))

Disc Title Front Cover

The Reader

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

4/28/2009

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