Taking Sides (2003)

Taking Sides
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 45mins.
Genres Drama, Adaptation, Historical, Biopic
Keywords courtroom, WWII
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Ralph Remstedt Assistant Director n/a 163 5000002
Lajos Koltai Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Sylvie Landra Editor n/a 172 7000001
Ludwig Van Beethoven Music music excerpts 120781 8000001
Udo Happel Line Producer n/a 161 5000001
Ronald Harwood Source Material (from play) 120786 4000002
Michael von Wolkenstein Executive Producer n/a 174 3000007
Fritz Buttenstedt Co-Executive Producer n/a 185 3000008
Ronald Harwood Screenplay (Adaptation) 120778 4000001
Anton Bruckner Music music extracts 120781 8000002
Franz Schubert Music music extracts 120781 8000003
Wolfgang Boge Makeup n/a 353 13000003
Brian Simmons Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Thorsten Binthe Visual Effects Supervisor n/a 249 23000001
Adolf Wojtinek Special Effects Supervisor n/a 545 23000002
Wolfgang Boge Hair Stylist n/a 120799 13000002
Gyorgyi Szakacs Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Ulrich Trimborn Music Supervisor n/a 120872 8000004
Ken Adam Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Anja Mueller Art Director n/a 183 9000002
Jeremy Isaacs Executive Producer n/a 174 3000006
Maureen McCabe Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Hanns Zischler Actor Rudolf Werner 1 1000007
August Zirner Actor Captain Ed Martin 1 1000008
Robin Renucci Actor Captain Vernay 1 1000009
Frank Leboeuf Actor Ensign Simons 1 1000010
Ulrich Tukur Actor Helmut Rode 1 1000006
Oleg Tabakov Actor Oberst Dymshitz 1 1000005
Stellan Skarsgård Actor Wilhelm Furtwangler 1 1000002
Moritz Bleibtreu Actor Lieutenant David Wills 1 1000003
Birgit Minichmayr Actor Emmi Straube 1 1000004
Armin Rohde Actor Schlee 1 1000011
Jed Curtis Actor Colonel Green 1 1000012
Rainer Mockert Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Rainer Schaper Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Jacques Rousseau Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Yves Pasquier Producer n/a 3 3000001
Istvan Szabo Director n/a 2 2000001
Daniel White Actor Sergeant Adams 1 1000013
Rinat Shaham Actor Jazz Singer 1 1000014
R Lee Ermey Actor General Wallace 1 1000015
Harvey Keitel Actor Major Steve Arnold 1 1000001
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 rivaled that of Toscanini's. After the war, he was investigated as part of the Allies' de-Nazification programme. In the bombed-out Berlin of the immediate post-war period, the Allies slowly bring law and order--and justice--to bear on 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 is a demigod; however, to Major Arnold, he is just a lying, weak-willed Nazi.