Der Unhold (1996)

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The Ogre (German: Der Unhold) is a 1996 French-German drama film directed by Volker Schlöndorff and starring John Malkovich, Gottfried John, Marianne Sägebrecht, Volker Spengler, Heino Ferch, Dieter Laser and Armin Mueller-Stahl. It was written by Jean-Claude Carrière and Schlöndorff, based on the novel The Erl-King by Michel Tournier. The story follows a simple man who recruits children to be Nazis in the belief that he is protecting them.

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Full cast list for the movie Der Unhold.
Abel Tiffauges

Chief Forrester

SS Officer Raufeisen

Prof. Blaettchen

Agnès Soral

Sasha Hanau


Ilja Smoljanski

Luc Florian

Laurent Spielvogel

Marc Duret

Philippe Sturbelle

Count von Kaltenborn


Patrick Floersheim
Police Inspector

Caspar Salmon
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Abel: (voiceover) Young boys are so bold and courageous. No living creatures are as noble or as beautiful-- and yet so heartbreakingly awkward. I love nothing like I love the young boys. What a privilege, to gather them all in a castle they can call their own! Mostly they trust me, but sometimes they don't. And then I can feel the part of me that is made of stone. Hard and pitiless, I force them to come with me.

Count von Kaltenborn: This whole beautiful country, to which we have given our souls, is utterly doomed. It's going to be wiped out of human memory. Our entire heritage, even our name, our ancestors' names, wiped out, all wiped out!

Count von Kaltenborn: Mesmerizing ritual, songs and torches-- hard to resist. You are quite intoxicated by it, are you? The flames, the flags, it's a big show-- quite overwhelming, for a simple mind. Look at him. His father was a grocer in Leipzig. He stands there in his uniform as if he were selling sardines.


Trailer for the movie Der Unhold.
Der Unhold (1996) - Official Movie Trailer

Release Date12 September 1996
Other NamesThe Ogre
Filming LocationsMalbork, Poland
LanguageEnglish, German, French
Sound MixStereo

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