The Good German


1h 47m 2006

Brief Synopsis

Berlin, 1945. U.S. war correspondent Jake Geismer has just arrived to cover the upcoming Potsdam Peace Conference, where Allied leaders will meet to determine the fate of a vanquished Germany and a newly liberated Europe--and, in the process, carve up what's left of any value for themselves. It's no

Film Details

Also Known As
Good German
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m

Synopsis

Berlin, 1945. U.S. war correspondent Jake Geismer has just arrived to cover the upcoming Potsdam Peace Conference, where Allied leaders will meet to determine the fate of a vanquished Germany and a newly liberated Europe--and, in the process, carve up what's left of any value for themselves. It's not Jake's first visit to Berlin. He once managed a news bureau here. He once fell in love here. But that seems a lifetime ago as he takes in the staggering devastation on the jeep ride from the airport to his hotel in the American zone. Jake's driver, Corporal Tully, exudes small-town American charm--an eager, guileless, good-natured kid from the Midwest. In reality, he's corrupt to the core, bartering anything and anyone, and playing all sides for the highest price. But that's not unusual. Everyone in Berlin has a secret now. Everyone is working an angle to get what they need: money, power, survival--or just a way out. Tully's black market dealings don't interest Jake, but Tully's girlfriend does. She's Lena Brandt, Jake's former love, although somehow, now, not quite the person he once knew. She has been irrevocably changed by the war, the hardship of life in this ruined city and the burden of her own secrets. When Tully ends up in the Russian zone with 100,000 marks in his pocket and a bullet in his back, Jake finds himself drawn into the mystery of this murder, and the bigger mystery of why both the American and Russian authorities look the other way. The deeper his investigation takes him, the more it leads him back to Lena. Jake discovers that it is nearly impossible to unearth the truth in a time and place where people are still reeling from the horrors of the war and desperate to salvage their humanity in the shadow of the often unbearable knowledge of what they did to survive.

Crew

Matt Absher

Assistant Editor

Daniel Addelson

Set Production Assistant

Tom Altobello

Props

Richard Andrade

On-Set Dresser

Frida Aradottir

Hair Stylist

Paul Attanasio

Screenplay

Brian Edward Avery

Stunts

Joni Avery

Stunts

Joseph Ayer

Lighting Technician

Russell Ayer

Lighting Technician

Mir Bahmanyar

Consultant

Christopher Scott Baker

Set Designer

Dana Baker

Best Boy

Kent Baker

Rigging Grip

Matt Baker

Stunts

Adam Barker

Foreman

Ron Barr

Digital Effects

Trey Batchelor

Assistant Director

Chris Bateman

Rigging Electrician

Rita Bellissimo

Hair Stylist

Shandra Beri

Set Costumer

Bill Bernstein

Music Editor

Erik Bernstein

Lighting Technician

David Betancourt

Foley Mixer

Ali Blacker

Assistant

Larry Blake

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Luciano Blotta

Video Assist/Playback

Travis Bobbitt

Props

Michael Bomar

Foreman

Steve Borgese

Greensman

Johnny Britt

Song Performer

Melissa Brockman Kalmus

Visual Effects Producer

Jeff Brockton

Stunts

Jodi Brockton

Stunts

Frederic W. Brost

Unit Production Manager

Frederic W. Brost

Executive Producer

Glenn Brown

Assistant Camera

Hal Burton

Stunts

Joanna Bush

Researcher

Josh Carlock

Office Assistant

Pat Carmen

Driver

Doreen L Carpenter

Transportation

Jon Carpenter

Transportation Coordinator

Michael Carroll

Models

Chad Cleven

Stunts

Eliza Coleman

Stunts

Ben Cosgrove

Producer

Danny Coughlin

Driver

Tom Cummins

Costumer

David D Darling

Stunts

Tom Daws

Digital Effects Artist

Monica De Armond Borde

Assistant

Monica De Armond Borde

Post-Production Supervisor

R Michael De Chellis

Rigging Gaffer

Ryan P Dreyer

On-Set Dresser

Justin Duncan

Assistant Location Manager

Laura Dunlop

Choreographer

David B Ellis

Rigging Grip

Bob Ellsworth

Song

Dawn Fintor

Foley

Jeremy Fitzgerald

Stunts

Blair Foord

Special Effects Technician

Lynda Foote

Costume Supervisor

Gerard Forrest

Foreman

Louise Frogley

Costume Designer

Steve Frohardt

Best Boy

Mickey Giacomazzi

Stunts

Hank Giardina

Painter

Wiliam W. Gideon

Foreman

Bill Gilman

Digital Effects Artist

Chrissy Gilmartin

Set Production Assistant

Lynn Givens

Choreographer

Bernard Glavin

Transportation Captain

Dave Glavin

Driver

Diane Glavin

Driver

Raymond Gonzales

Chief Lighting Technician

Dara Gordon

Assistant

Melinda Sue Gordon

Photography

William Grace

Driver

Sean Graham

Stunts

Wylie Young Griffin

Art Department Coordinator

Manuela Hahnlein

Assistant

Werner Hahnlein

Special Effects Foreman

Quentin Halliday

Location Manager

Kevin Hannigan

Special Effects Coordinator

Tabby Hanson

Stunts

Rick Harris

Grip

Jim Hart

Stunts

Marina Hart

Hair Stylist

Gene Hartline

Stunts

Zoe Hay

Makeup Artist

Greg Hayes

Music Engineer

Monica Haynes

Costumer

Julie Hewett

Makeup

Heather Elisa Hill

Visual Effects

Jason Hinkel

Accounting Assistant

Dick Howard

Song

Gregory Jacobs

Producer

Gregory Jacobs

Assistant Director

Fallon Johnson

Set Production Assistant

Randy Johnson

Boom Operator

Tom Jordan

Camera Assistant

Alexander Kandaurov

Researcher

Joseph Kanon

Source Material

Jemma Kearney

Assistant

Kate Kelly

Production Coordinator

Rich King

Extras Agent/Coordinator

David Kirchner

Assistant Editor

Helen Kozora-tell

Props Buyer

Julie Kristy

Makeup Artist

Bud Kucia

Foreman

Michael Lacorte

Production Coordinator

Mary Etta Lang

Wardrobe

Tim Lauber

Music Engineer

Ken Lavet

Location Manager

William Law Iii

Set Designer

Robin L. Le Chanu

Post-Production Supervisor

Jonathan Leary

Grip

Paul Ledford

Sound Mixer

Dan Levitan

Compositing Supervisor

Ross Levy

Sound

Keri Littledeer

Medic

Scott Lodwig

Foreman

Cris Lombardi

Camera Operator

Kimaree Long

Dialogue Editor

Jessica Lowrey

Dga Trainee

Sonya Lunsford

Production Accountant

Larry Mah

Audio

William Marsh

Song Performer

Ted Marshall

Best Boy

Lynne Martin

Set Production Assistant

Dennis Mccarthy

Key Costumer

Merdyce C. Mcclaran

On-Set Dresser

Angel Mcconnell

Assistant

Niles Mcelroy

Lighting Technician

Jen Mcgowan

Office Assistant

Maureen Mcguire

Props

Doug Meerdink

Art Director

Steven Meizler

Camera Assistant

Kristen Toscano Messina

Set Decorator

Philip Messina

Production Designer

Emanuel Millar

Hair

Robin L Miller

Property Master

Erich Mingenbach

Special Effects Technician

John Moio

Stunts

Jason Moore

Set Costumer

John Moore

Props

David Moreau

Assistant

Russ Morgan

Song

Guy Morrison

Assistant Location Manager

Eric Nelson

Foreman

Thomas Newman

Original Music

Eric Norris

Stunts

Erik Norville

On-Set Dresser

Carrick O'quinn

Stunts

Gregory Oehler

Digital Effects Artist

Vladimir Orlov

Stunts

Michael P Owen

Stunts

James Paniagua

Foreman

Thomas Pasatieri

Original Music

James Plannette

Chief Lighting Technician

Kate Powell

Assistant

Kenn Rabin

Researcher

Eric Ramirez

On-Set Dresser

Jeff Ramsey

Stunts

Garet Reilly

Key Costumer

David Rey

Compositing Supervisor

Jeremy Rich

Casting Associate

Dennis Richardson

Props

Chance Robertson

Driver

John Robotham

Stunt Coordinator

Jason Rodriguez

Stunts

Arturo Rojas

Hair Stylist

Heidi Roller

Assistant

Chris Ross

Song Performer

Michael D. Roundy

Special Effects Foreman

Neil Rust

Foreman

Chris Ryan

Digital Effects Artist

Eric Sagot

Lighting Technician

Waldo Sanchez

Hair

Richard Sarabia

Foreman

Gregg Schaublin

Digital Effects

Mike Seaman

Rigging Electrician

Joanie Selden

Accountant

Robert Sica

On-Set Dresser

Kenn Smiley

Key Costumer

Easton Smith

Art Director

Thomas J Smith

Visual Effects Supervisor

Bryan Snodgrass

Set Production Assistant

Chris Snyder

Construction Coordinator

Dale Snyder

Props

Steven Soderbergh

Director Of Photography

Steven Soderbergh

Editor

Reese James Spensley

Costumer

Jody Spilkoman

Assistant Director

Melissa St. Onge

Assistant

Richard Stanford

Rigging Electrician

Ryan Steffen

On-Set Dresser

Armin Steiner

Music Scoring Mixer

James L. Stephenson

Props

Film Details

Also Known As
Good German
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m

Award Nominations

Best Score

2006

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Expanded Release in United States December 22, 2006

Released in United States February 2007

Released in United States on Video May 22, 2007

Released in United States Winter December 15, 2006

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Competition) February 8-18, 2007.

Based on the novel "The Good German: A Novel" written by Joseph Kanon; published by Henry Holt & Company Inc. October, 2001.

Released in United States February 2007 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Competition) February 8-18, 2007.)

Released in United States on Video May 22, 2007

Released in United States Winter December 15, 2006 (major markets)

Expanded Release in United States December 22, 2006