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The Ninth Day (2004)

Der neunte Tag (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller, War | 11 November 2004 (Germany)
A drama loosely based on Jean Bernard's Nazi-era prison diary.


Jean Bernard (memoir "Pfarrerblock 25487"), Eberhard Görner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
6 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ulrich Matthes ... Abbé Henri Kremer
August Diehl ... Untersturmführer Gebhardt
Hilmar Thate ... Bischof Philippe
Bibiana Beglau ... Marie Kremer
Germain Wagner Germain Wagner ... Roger Kremer
Jean-Paul Raths Jean-Paul Raths ... Raymond Schmitt
Ivan Jirík Ivan Jirík ... Armando Bausch
Karel Hromadka Karel Hromadka ... Pater Laurant Koltz
Miroslav Sichmann Miroslav Sichmann ... Pater Marcel Bour
Adolf Filip ... Professor Klimek (Kraków)
Vladimir Fiser Vladimir Fiser ... Bischof Kozal
Peter Varga Peter Varga ... Józef (Polish Inmate) (as Petr Varga)
Petr Janis ... Pater Nansen
Zdenek Pechácek Zdenek Pechácek ... Lagerführer
Václav Krátký Václav Krátký ... SS-Mann
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During WWII, a head priest, Henri Kremer, is mysteriously freed from Dachau concentration camp. He learns that he can return home, to Luxembourg, for a period of nine days, during which he will have to face a persuasive Gestapo chief who will put his faith to the test. Written by Anonymous9

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No one can save them.


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Did You Know?


While their fellow-prisoner is being crucified, the priests are singing the hymn "Pange, lingua, gloriosi" by Thomas Aquinas (1264). However, they are singing a German version of this song, which was not in use before 1969. In addition, even if they happened to know a German version, it would be more likely for them to sing the original Latin version, as there were priests from all over Europe imprisoned in this block. See more »


Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »


Concerto Grosso No. 1
Music by Alfred Schnittke
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Very realistic and refreshing
17 January 2007 | by golomiSee all my reviews

After reading some of the reviews below, I could not resist the frustration and decided to register and express my own opinion on the subject. First of all, it is a great movie, very humanistic and powerful. It is a movie about inner human struggle, it has nothing to do with church propaganda or any other nonsense so cheaply expressed by some "commentators". Being myself raised and atheist (in the former Soviet Union), subsequently going through Christian transformation but eventually abandoning it and becoming a naturalistic pantheist, I found the movie extremely resonating and devoid of any propaganda at all. It is a story about life the way it was, about people cast into the horror of the state machine, powerless and nearly broken. You will see no heroics, no pretty faces, no romantic interludes, only the bleak atmosphere and a masterful portrayal of the events. The most persistent feeling the movie leaves inside is the torturous question "What character could I actually be had I lived back then?" – and the chilling realization of the answer – "anyone of them." I only hope that the History is not going to repeat itself the way it always persistently did over the past millennium.

Most people are "conditioned" with the false sense of Hollywood "reality" in movies, but the real life is very different and this movie provides a great example of it. It actually is a big plus that the language is German, it adds a lot to the authenticity of the feeling. I have no difficulties following the English subtitles, the dialogs are sparse and do not divert from the main flow (needless to say, my native language is Russian). Finally, the soundtrack is simply incredible. The morons who call it "weak" should check the credits at the end – the bulk of the sound uses Alfred Schnittke's symphonic works – a perfect ornament to the gloomy and hopeless flow.

If you are looking for a movie to entertain yourself, you are definitely in a wrong place. By if you are like me, looking for a movie to enhance your soul and understanding of the drama of our life, then it is definitely worth checking out. 10/10

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11 November 2004 (Germany) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,786, 29 May 2005

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Fujicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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