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The Innocent (1993)

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A young engineer is sent to post World War II Berlin to help the Americans, in spying on the Russians. In a time and place where discretion is still a man's best friend, he falls in love ... See full summary »

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writers:

Ian McEwan (novel), Ian McEwan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Glass
Isabella Rossellini ... Maria
Campbell Scott ... Leonard
Ronald Nitschke Ronald Nitschke ... Otto
Hart Bochner ... Russell
James Grant James Grant ... MacNamee
Jeremy Sinden Jeremy Sinden ... Captain Lofting
Richard Durden ... Black
Corey Johnson ... Lou
Richard Good Richard Good ... Piper
Lena Lessing Lena Lessing ... Jenny
Dana Golombek Dana Golombek ... Charlotte
Susanne Jansen Susanne Jansen ... Mermaid Singer
Christine Gerlach Christine Gerlach ... Woman with Dog
Ludger Pistor ... German Informer
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A young engineer is sent to post World War II Berlin to help the Americans, in spying on the Russians. In a time and place where discretion is still a man's best friend, he falls in love with a mysterious woman, who will take him on the dark side of evil. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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At a time of intrigue. In a world of secrets. The only thing you can trust is your heart.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, brief language and a sequence of violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Miramax

Country:

Germany | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1995 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

El inocente See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$553,454
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film used soldiers from the U.S., Great Britain, and the Soviet Union as extras and bit parts. After initially giving his permission, the Soviet Commander rescinded it. John Schlesinger was in contact with a subordinate, and they secretly assembled some troops in a hidden location, where Schlesinger sent a bus to pick them up. See more »

Goofs

About two-thirds into the film, an unconscious man is discovered lying fully clothed on a bed. The first shot of the man shows only his left hand, palm down, near the left side of the bed. This implies that he is lying on his back. But moments later, in a wider shot, the man is shown lying face down. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Episode #2.226 (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

TOO DARN HOT
Words and Music by Cole Porter
© Cole Porter/Buxton-Hill-Music Corporation
By Kind Permission of Warner Chappell Music Limited
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A few flaws, but let's not nitpick, eh?
9 June 2004 | by faustian_jargonSee all my reviews

I quite liked this film. But probably because I think there are perhaps more important things than the manner in which Anthony Hopkins is miscast. You just have to overlook that. Campbell Scott is great and really carries the whole film. I really enjoyed the way the film was held together, the cinematography and the use of really bad American Music to get across the brashness and invasiveness of their culture even back then. If you've read books like Spycatcher you'll appreciate this film. On the other hand if you think Bond films are good, you'll most likely hate it. I would have liked the sex scenes to be more, shall we say 'fleshed out', they fade off all too quickly. It's very rare in popular film that you get good sex scenes that are filmed with warmth and tenderness. The use of lighting and angles is great. What got to me more than Hopkin's dodgy accent was the stupid female character. Can't we just forget reality for a bit and stop casting women as quivering idiots. Sure that's how they seem to behave in all important situations, but it's so annoying to be put through it over and over again. Let's have an intelligent female lead who decides she's going to take responsibility for her dumb, impulsive behaviour and make amends. As opposed to leaving everything up to the bloke and then running off with his friend. And did anyone notice that all the men around her drink heavily? I think this would be a good book and there's obviously stuff missing from the film, but still I give it 8/10.


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