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Andreas Baader starts out as a small-time criminal. In Berlin, he is recruited by a revolutionary cell. They plan to overthrow the state.


Christopher Roth
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Can Taylanlar Can Taylanlar ... Mario (as Chan Taylanlar)
Frank Giering ... Andreas Baader
Laura Tonke ... Gudrun Ensslin
Hinnerk Schönemann Hinnerk Schönemann ... Victor
Sarah Riedel Sarah Riedel ... Inga
Angie Ojciec Angie Ojciec ... Claudia (as Angie Ojciek)
Bastian Trost Bastian Trost ... Jan
Sebastian Weberstein Sebastian Weberstein ... Erwin
Ludger Blanke Ludger Blanke ... Polizist
Birge Schade Birge Schade ... Ulrike Meinhof
Wolfgang Riehm ... Tagesschausprecher
Wolfgang Ritter Wolfgang Ritter ... Vollzugsbeamter
Ellen Schlootz Ellen Schlootz ... Maria
Andreas Hofer Andreas Hofer ... Ziebland
Rudi Knauss Rudi Knauss ... SPD Bezirksvorsitzender


Andreas Baader starts out as a small-time criminal. In Berlin, he is recruited by a revolutionary cell. They plan to overthrow the state.

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The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) is a fictionalization of the real life events that were also the basis for Germany in Autumn (1978), Black Box BRD (2001), Stammheim - The Baader-Meinhof Gang on Trial (1986), A German Youth (2015), Starbuck Holger Meins (2002), Baader-Meinhof: In Love with Terror (2002), Andreas Baader - Der Staatsfeind (2002), Ulrike Marie Meinhof (1995), World in Action: Prisoner of Terrorism (1978), Deutsche Lebensläufe: Ulrike Meinhof (2007) and were strongly related with Wildentiere (1969), Gudrun Ensslin - the early years (1968), Den fjärde mannen (2014), Children of the Revolution (2010), Sekigun-P.F.L.P: Sekai sensô sengen (1971) and present in the storylines of Long Shadows (2008), The Worst Thing (2019) and Joschka und Herr Fischer (2011). See more »


In the scene where the RAF members are filming each other with a Super-8 camera on a roof-top in Paris, the camera model is a Canon 310XL. This camera wasn't introduced until August 1975, but the scene is set in 1969. See more »


Features Tagesschau (1952) See more »

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Well made biopic with sometimes questionable storyline
15 December 2002 | by meitschiSee all my reviews

A beautifully filmed and excellently played film that conveys in the first half a lot about the life, the thinking, the hopes, and the dreams of those who later became known as the terrorists of the RAF. I like the ironic approach of both script and direction towards these people who thought about themselves as revolutionaries when they were still only a group of bourgeois youngsters looking for their way. The characters were excellently drawn and the dynamics inside the group - especially the psychological pressure put on the others by Andreas Baader - were well conveyed.

The film has some important flaws though, especially concerning the script and the plotline.

I did not understand for example why the storyline had to stray away in the second half from the historical events to a mythical depiction - like in the 'heroic' ending or in the obviously fictitious meeting between police chief Krone and Baader in the night on the road.

But the major flaw of this film is for me that it never addressed all the murders and abductions the RAF conducted, it never put forward that very moment when they really became a lot of unscrupulous terrorists from a bunch of disoriented young people dreaming about the revolution.

All in all a watchable, well made biopic that still leaves a bad taste in the mouth as it abandons at times an exact depiction of historical events to myths and fairy tales.

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17 October 2002 (Germany) See more »

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Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »


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