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The Reader

Tells the story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who as a teenager in the late 1950s had an affair with an older woman, Hanna, who then disappeared only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a concentration camp guard late in the war. He alone realizes that Hanna is illiterate and may be concealing that at the expense of her freedom.

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Released: Dec 10th, 2008
Budget: $32,000,000.00
Revenue: N/A

The Reader Main Cast

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Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
plays Michael Berg
Jeanette Hain
Jeanette Hain
plays Brigitte
David Kross
David Kross
plays Young Michael Berg
Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
plays Hanna Schmitz
Susanne Lothar
Susanne Lothar
plays Carla Berg
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): SPOILER: For the first part of the movie the door to Hanna's apartment, from the outside, opens from the left to the right. While Hanna is secretly moving out and when Michael return to discover she's gone, the door from the outside now opens from right to left.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): At the first scene in 1958 after leaving the tram, the protagonist stops feeling very sick in front of a closed door yet the next angle right before he throws up the entrance is wide open.
  • Movie Goof (anachronisms): In the first student campus scene, the date is given on screen as 1966. The music playing in the background is "I Keep Singing That Same Old Song" by Heavy Jelly, which was not released until June 1969.
  • Movie Goof (anachronisms): In the street scene just before Michael and Hanna go on their bicycle trip (1958), a Volkswagen beetle drives by which has amber turn-signals in the taillights; these were not introduced until the 1962 model year.
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