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Hanussen (1988)

A man's story parallels Hitler's rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim. Bettleheim discovers that Schneider possesses powers of... See full summary »

Director:

István Szabó

Writers:

Péter Dobai, Erik Jan Hanussen (autobiography) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Klaus Schneider / Eric Jan Hanussen
Erland Josephson ... Dr. Bettelheim
Ildikó Bánsági Ildikó Bánsági ... Sister Betty
Walter Schmidinger ... Propaganda chief
Károly Eperjes ... Captain Tibor Nowotny
Grazyna Szapolowska ... Valery de la Meer
Colette Pilz-Warren Colette Pilz-Warren ... Dagma
Adrianna Biedrzynska ... Wally
György Cserhalmi ... Count Trantow-Waldbach
Michal Bajor ... Becker
Jirí Adamíra ... Rattinger
Róbert Rátonyi Róbert Rátonyi ... Prof. Gábor
Kalina Jedrusik ... (as Kalyna Dygat Jydrusik)
Gabriela Kownacka ... Wife of Propaganda Chief
Ewa Blaszczyk ... Hennie Stahlová
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Storyline

A man's story parallels Hitler's rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim. Bettleheim discovers that Schneider possesses powers of empathy and of clairvoyance, such that could aid suicidal patients. After the war, with one friend as his manager and another as his lover, Schneider changes his name to Eric Jan Hanussen and goes to Berlin, as a hypnotist and clairvoyant performing in halls and theaters. He always speaks the truth, which brings him to the attention of powerful Nazis. He predicts their rise (good propaganda for them) and their violence (not so good). He's in pain and at risk. What is Hanussen's future? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Language:

Hungarian | German

Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hanussen, el adivino See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,504, 12 March 1989

Gross USA:

$82,635

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,635
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Runtime:

| (laserdisc)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Prosecutor: Ah, you are saying you can read people's thoughts.
Klaus Schneider: Yes.
Prosecutor: And you can tell them their future?
Klaus Schneider: Yes.
Prosecutor: May I ask my own future?
Klaus Schneider: You are going to lose this case.
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fascinating, but somewhat disjointed
25 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

A German soldier with a serious head wound survives The Great War to become a celebrated clairvoyant in Depression-era Berlin, mesmerizing audiences (and critics) by the sheer force of his personality. No, his stage name isn't Adolph Hitler, but the parallels soon become clear. Are his powers a supernatural gift or merely sensitive guesswork? The question takes on added significance when the apolitical showman begins predicting the rise of fascism and falls under the influence (against his own will) of the fledgling Nazi Party. The film presents an intriguing, if not always cohesive, portrait of an entertainer (and by extension, a nation) under the spell of forces beyond anyone's control, with the title role coming vividly to life in Klaus Maria Brandauer's equally mesmerizing performance. His efforts helped earn the film a nomination for Best Foreign Language Feature, but the results were likely too dark and ambiguous to win the Oscar.


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