Before the Fall (2005)

Before the Fall
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 51mins.
Genres Drama, Foreign, Period
Keywords WWII
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Harald Kuegler Producer n/a 3 3000003
Dennis Gansel Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Viola Hunter Producer n/a 3 3000002
Molly Von Fuerstenberg Producer n/a 3 3000001
Dennis Gansel Director n/a 2 2000001
Maggie Peren Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
Torsten Breuer Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Natascha Curtius-Noss Costumes n/a 120828 13000001
Eckhard Kuchenbecker Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Matthias Musse Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Normand Corbeil Music n/a 120781 8000001
Jochen Retter Editor n/a 172 7000001
Claudia Michelsen Actor Frau Stein 1 1000014
Martin Goeres Actor Siegfried Gladen 1 1000013
Justus Von Dohnanyi Actor Gov. Heinrich Stein 1 1000005
Michael Schenk Actor Josef Peiner 1 1000006
Joachim Bißmeier Actor Dr. Karl Klein 1 1000004
Devid Striesow Actor Heinrich Vogler 1 1000003
Tom Schilling Actor Albrecht 1 1000002
Florian Stetter Actor Justus von Jaucher 1 1000007
Gerald Alexander Held Actor Friedrich's Father 1 1000008
Thomas Dreschel Actor Hefe 1 1000012
Leon Alexander Kersten Actor Tjaden 1 1000011
Jonas Jaegermeyr Actor Christoph Schneider 1 1000010
Sissy Hoefferer Actor Friedrich's Mother 1 1000009
Max Riemelt Actor Friedrich 1 1000001
Berlin 1942. Friedrich, is a sixteen-year old amateur boxer from a working class family who dreams of doing something with his life. His big chance comes when he's discovered at a boxing match by a young man who teaches at an elite Nazi National Political School (a.k.a. Napola). The young man helps Friedrich to enter the institution, and there becomes Friedrich's mentor, guiding him through the rigors of the strictly run school. Among Friedrich's new friends is Albrecht, the son of a high-ranking official. A fragile young man who prefers to train his mind rather than his body, Albrecht is critical of the Nazi ideology being crammed into the students' minds. Friedrich starts to see that there is no room here for anyone unwilling to follow the party line. After the students are forced to take part in a nighttime massacre of unarmed Russian youths in the nearby woods, Albrecht writes an essay condemning the Germans' barbarity. Friedrich knows that his best friend is on a collision course with the authorities, but is powerless to change his mind. When Albrecht's father forces his son to take back his words, Albrecht, instead, refuses--and accepts the consequences. Devastated, Friedrich vows to avenge his friend's fate, even if it means losing everything he's fought for and abandoning his dream of a better life.