A cute med student starts a summer course at Heidelberg University. David's on her dissection table. She met him the day before on the train. Something's wrong.

Director:

Stefan Ruzowitzky

Writers:

Peter Engelmann (dramaturge), Stefan Ruzowitzky
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Franka Potente ... Paula Henning
Benno Fürmann ... Hein
Anna Loos ... Gretchen
Sebastian Blomberg ... Caspar
Holger Speckhahn Holger Speckhahn ... Phil
Traugott Buhre ... Prof. Grombek
Oliver Wnuk ... Ludwig (as Oliver K. Wnuk)
Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey ... David
Andreas Guenther ... Franz (as Andreas Günther)
Antonia Cäcilia Holfelder Antonia Cäcilia Holfelder ... Gabi
Rüdiger Vogler ... Dr. Henning
Barbara M. Ahren Barbara M. Ahren ... Frau Henning (as Barbara-Magdalena Ahren)
Werner Dissel Werner Dissel ... Paulas Großvater
Gennadi Vengerov ... Präparator
Thomas Meinhardt Thomas Meinhardt ... Professor in München
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Medical student Paula Henning wins a place at an exclusive Heidelberg medical school. When the body of a young man she met on the train turns up on her dissection table, she begins to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, and uncovers a gruesome conspiracy perpetrated by an Antihippocratic secret society operating within the school. Written by Alexander Lum

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They can't wait to get their hands on you. Your end is only the beginning. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror violence/gore, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The models used in the film were inspired by Dr. Gunther von Hagens popular exhibition "Body Works" in which real cadavers are plasticized after being dissected. One character even mentions this process when we see the hall for the first time at the beginning of the film, but no real cadavers were used as the director thought it "too macabre". The models were created by a team headed by Joachim Grüninger and Birger Laube. The models were so accurate and detailed that the film's medical advisers thought they could be used as actual teaching specimens. See more »

Goofs

Ischemic myocardiopathy is not a rare disease. In fact, is one of the most frequent heart diseases. See more »

Quotes

Hein: [to Caspar] Shut your mouth or I'll slit your vocal cords.
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Crazy Credits

While the cast credits roll, 2 students are talking in the anatomy room, discussing their futures. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD features two extended scenes as supplement:
  • While Hein is pulling Phil's corpse away Paula comes into the anatomy hall and almost discovers him.
  • When Paula is chased by Hein and his partner, she goes into the room, where the corpses are being washed, up to a steam tube and creeps to the next room. In the extended version Hein comes into the room and extensively searches it for Paula.
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Connections

Followed by Anatomy 2 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

1971
Written by Freddy Fresh (as Frederick Schmid))
© Edition XIX Publishing
Performed by Freddy Fresh
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Germany) GmbH and the BMG UFA Music Publishing Houses
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An entertaining, but unfulfilling, German take on the Scream/'teenhorror' genre.
1 January 2003 | by ElChivoDaveSee all my reviews

Anatomie (Anatomy) is an entertaining and engaging film that falls short of delivering the discomfort that should be connected with the films subject matter. The idea of ethical ignorance in the medical science world is one that pushes the viewer towards discomfort, and the realism of the institutions ('Heidelberg') and the special effects make it a not-entirely easy film to watch.

However, the characters, the script, and the gloss of the film all seem too familiar with the Scream movies that repopularised this sort of genre. Sadly, then, whilst the subject is one to care about, the viewer is presented with another movie full of college student characters that we don't really get a chance to care about, unresolved subplots, and hammy stage-killings that have been reinventing themselves since the memorable Drew Barrymore opening scene in Scream several years back.

Steven Ruzowillzky makes a fair effort of the script and the direction, but pushes no boundaries other than the general theme. Whilst we are presented with an entertaining film with some reasonable performances, we are unfortunately left with the old feeling: nothing is wrong with this film, but nothing is extraordinary either.

An entertaining film, and an interesting chance to see how foreign filmmakers have been influenced by the post-scream 'horror' culture. 6 out of 10


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | Latin

Release Date:

3 February 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Anatomy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM8,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,725, 10 September 2000

Gross USA:

$9,660

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,501,958
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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