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      Amen

      Released Jan 24, 2003 2h 12m History Drama List
      67% Tomatometer 49 Reviews 82% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Nazi officer Kurt Gerstein (Ulrich Tukur), a chemist by training, is assigned to develop a disinfectant to purify water for the German army, but soon discovers that his invention, Zyklon B, is being used to exterminate imprisoned Jews. Horrified, he approaches a number of diplomatic figures with his story, but only Riccardo Fontana (Mathieu Kassovitz), a priest, takes him seriously. Fontana returns to the Vatican but is informed by his superiors that they have more pressing concerns. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Amen loses some of its impact to a protracted running time and deliberate pace, but Ulrich Tukur's powerful performance helps bring the story's worthy themes to life.

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      Empire Magazine Rated: 3/5 Dec 30, 2006 Full Review Eric Henderson Slant Magazine Though such elements might chip away somewhat at Amen's seriousness of intent, they do add fire to the stimulating drama. Aug 12, 2003 Full Review Terry Lawson Detroit Free Press Costa-Gavras deserves credit for staying the course; in a time when most European film directors are wringing their hands, he's still pointing fingers. Rated: 3/4 Jul 25, 2003 Full Review Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com Rated: 4/5 Sep 29, 2007 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Aug 15, 2005 Full Review Chris Barsanti Filmcritic.com a sputtering, wet firecracker Rated: 1.5/5 Sep 23, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Sharon J Well done, well acted and well filmed, if a little long. The actor looks very much like Kurt Gerstein. I do wonder why they changed the story from the truth, that it was his sister-in-law who was put to death, not his favourite niece. Some great shots of Auschwitz/Birkenau. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/12/24 Full Review a.l.jude p The best ever historic element or subject to support thus educate the indictment of Catholic Church, Vatican, Pope and the rest of the ignorant bunch for the atrocity and holocausts happened. No better movie or documentary ever did what this movie did. It's compelling to watch the historic events materialized before and during the WWII. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Amen is Gavras at his most generally mainstream: not among his best, even against his more modern films, however there is no way to deny the movie's power, and not be stunned by the horrifyingly sad images. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review troy k An incredible story. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Not as powerful as expected, kinda cheesy TV-movie scale indeed. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member A very good and interesting film. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Nazi officer Kurt Gerstein (Ulrich Tukur), a chemist by training, is assigned to develop a disinfectant to purify water for the German army, but soon discovers that his invention, Zyklon B, is being used to exterminate imprisoned Jews. Horrified, he approaches a number of diplomatic figures with his story, but only Riccardo Fontana (Mathieu Kassovitz), a priest, takes him seriously. Fontana returns to the Vatican but is informed by his superiors that they have more pressing concerns.
      Director
      Costa-Gavras
      Producer
      Claude Berri
      Screenwriter
      Costa-Gavras, Jean-Claude Grumberg
      Distributor
      Kino Pictures
      Production Co
      Renn Productions, Canal Plus, Katharina, K.G. Productions
      Genre
      History, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 24, 2003, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 10, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $274.3K
      Runtime
      2h 12m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Stereo, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Surround, Dolby SR
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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