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Sophie Scholl - The Final Days (2005)

Julia Jentsch , Fabian Hinrichs , Marc Rothemund  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs, Gerald Alexander Held, Johanna Gastdorf, André Hennicke
  • Directors: Marc Rothemund
  • Writers: Fred Breinersdorfer
  • Producers: Andreas Schreitmüller, Bettina Reitz, Christoph Müller, Fred Breinersdorfer, Hubert von Spreti
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Zeitgeist Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5V8H2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,222 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sophie Scholl - The Final Days" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "The Making of Sophie Scholl" hour-long documentary
  • Thirteen deleted and alternate scenes
  • Historical interviews about the real Sophie Scholl and The White Rose, including archival trial footage
  • Insert featuring an interview with director Marc Rothemund

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Through its simplicity and scrupulous attention to historical detail, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days proves to be both thrillingly suspenseful and emotionally devastating. During the peak of the Third Reich, Sophie Scholl (Julia Jentsch, The Edukators), along with her brother Hans and other students in Munich, formed a resistance group called the White Rose and distributed anti-Nazi leaflets. Sophie Scholl begins on a crisp winter day, with Sophie and Hans distributing leaflets around the empty halls of a university before class is let out. The tension only increases as they are arrested, interrogated, and swiftly convicted in a brutal show trial. The heart of the film are the scenes between Sophie and her interrogator, Robert Mohr (Gerald Alexander Held), a loyal Nazi who nonetheless respected and perhaps even admired Sophie. Their arguments, distilled down from hours of historical record, crackle with emotion and resonate throughout history, from Communist totalitarianism to the Bush administration condemning critics of the Iraq war as traitors. Jentsch's restrained performance only grows more and more moving over the movie's course. A deeply engaging and powerful movie. --Bret Fetzer

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2005 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Sophie Scholl - The Final Days is the true story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine brought to thrilling, dramatic life. Sophie Scholl stars Julia Jentsch (of recent cult fave The Edukators) in a luminous performance as the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose. Armed with long-buried historical records of her incarceration, director Marc Rothemund expertly re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life: a heart-stopping journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence in 1943 Munich. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to her comrades, her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless.

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138 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real hero October 27, 2006
Format:DVD
Based on newly available documents, this "real story" retells some aspects of the White Rose resistance movement. The center piece of the movie is the interrogation of Sophie by a devoted Nazi, who nevertheless tries to save her and tries to build bridges for her, which she can not agree to cross. This is very intense and thrilling, Julia Jentsch is great and convincing as Sophie, but so is the interrogator.

The climax is the court procedure with Freisler in the chair. The court atmosphere may be nearly unbelievable to those who are not familiar with the history of Nazi "jurisprudence". It shows very well what anybody could have found himself up against for "crimes" like distributing leaflets.

Some reviews are putting this small masterpiece on par with The Downfall which came out about the same time. I do not manage to agree. For me, the Downfall movie lacks the clarity of meaning that Sophie has. I found it rather disturbingly ambiguous, to the extent that I saw it as propaganda for the wrong side. There is no such doubt with Sophie.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beliefs and Bravery December 4, 2006
Format:DVD
SOPHIE SCHOOL - THE FINAL DAYS is one of those films made more powerful by the understated production values. The script, yes, the story itself, is so powerful that it doesn't need big battle scenes or full-fledged staged crowd scenes to make it work: the dialogue among the actors speaks volumes.

Written by Fred Breinersdorfer based on documents from life and directed with enormous sensitivity by Marc Rothemund the film takes place in the last days of the lives of members of the anti-Nazi resistance movement The White Rose in 1943. Sophie Scholl (Julia Jentsch), her brother Hans (Fabian Hinrichs) and their friend Christoph (Florian Stetter) are organizers for creating leaflets warning the populace of Germany of the ills ahead should Hitler and his Hessians remain in power. They are caught, imprisoned and interrogated. Sophie's interrogator Robert Mohr (Gerald Alexander Held), though strong, does seem to understand Sophie's explanations for her denial of participation in the spreading of leaflets, but Sophie has the courage to speak out against the current government. Hans is likewise interrogated and when he confesses to the leaflet incident he is implicating both Sophie and Christoph and the three are brought before a vicious tribunal. Christoph pleads for his life and Sophie and Hans request that his life as a father be spared but the charges are made of iron and the three are convicted and immediately executed.

The fact that the story is true makes it all the more moving. Observing the inordinate amount of courage in standing firm for beliefs - especially in Sophie's case - is humbling for the viewer. How many of us, under similar circumstances would have that degree of conviction of ideals and bravery?
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105 of 117 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Interrogation July 30, 2006
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Sophie Scholl (a committed, intelligent, idealistic Julia Jentsch) is a young German woman dedicated to bringing down the Third Reich.

It's 1943, the Germans are losing untold numbers of their men in Stalingrad, the news has leaked into Germany about the Final Solution and the young and college educated are risking their lives and that of their families by distributing leaflets all over Europe discrediting the War and Hitler...which is considered a death penalty offense.

Sophie and her brother Hans (Fabian Hinrichs) are caught and arrested and the bulk of the film deals with Sophie's interrogation by a government functionary, Robert Mohr (a sleazy, squirrelly Alexander Held).

For several days and until her brother Hans confesses, Sophie holds her own and even betters Mohr. Julia Jentsch is extremely effective in portraying Scholl's idealism and burning intelligence. Her Sophie is a leader, a firebrand: someone who accepts the consequences of her actions without remorse and without pointing fingers towards anyone but herself.

Too much of what Mohr spouts is pedantic, Nazi drivel whereas Sophie's responses are likewise pedantic, pie-in-the-sky and emotional. What makes their exchanges interesting is that they are based on official Gestapo records available only since German reunification. Despite all of this or maybe because of it, these interrogation scenes crackle with fire and truth: both Sophie and Mohr fully committed to their cause.

"Sophie Scholl: Die letzten Tage" along with the recent "Downfall" are more important as social statements rather than artistic ones. They are both shining examples of a country facing its past squarely in the face and recognizing and releasing its collective ghosts and demons: the first step towards redemption.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Focuses on the positive of Sophie's lasts days September 21, 2006
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Unlike other movies during the Nazi reign, this movie does not focus on the bad of the Nazis but rather the good of Sophie Scholl. She is portrayed as a real person, and not some hyped up heroine. In the movie, as in life, she has faults and strengths. Her simplistic brilliance shines during the interrogation scenes.

It is important to remember that Sophie was a real person. Her and her brother were a bit wreckless when they went back into the Munich college at Sophie's urging. They made a mistake and they used their wits to try to protect one another.

I have done a considerable amount of studies on the White Rose. This movie stuck to the facts. Even the outlandish judge at the end was portrayed according to records.

If you want a historically accurate film from beginning to end, this is a wonderful pick.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Final Days
My daughter was writing a paper for school about civil disobedience and chose Sophie Scholl as her topic. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Gail
5.0 out of 5 stars "For such a time as this..."
How a sense of moral compass can survive the brutal, dark, idealogical subterfuge of an entire culture.
Extremely engaging movie and narrative of the life of a true heroine. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Katachriston
4.0 out of 5 stars German underground.....
Hitler was one lucky dude. He had multiple asassination attempts and the German underground working against him, yet
he somehow survived until the man took the easy way out.
Published 7 days ago by chuck howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Performance
I found this film to be spellbinding. The tragedy that it portrays of a people blindly following a tyrant (Hitler) is somewhat diminished by learning of the resistance movement and... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Douglas Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare courage in the face of death
German students in the underground resistance against the war in WWII risked their lives. They were offered an easy way out but chose death! Read more
Published 13 days ago by Nancy W. Petrey
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair, but not as good as "The White Rose" by Verhoeven
Unfortunately, the 1982 VHS movie was never released on DVD and is prohibitively expensive on VHS as it is rare. Amazingly, I got it for one dollar at a local thrift store! Read more
Published 27 days ago by Stephen Stults
5.0 out of 5 stars exceptional good. Loved that it came in original German language
Exceptional good. Loved that it came in original German language with an English subtitle.
This is based on a true story.
Published 1 month ago by Tanja Werren
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I would highly recommend this movie, very educational, scary as to what I see happening in some degrees in our country.
Published 1 month ago by Allison E. Ashton
5.0 out of 5 stars Depressing
Many people don't realize there were Germans against Hitler and what he was doing to their country! So sad that Sophie along with her brother and friend were convicted, tried and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lisa R. Lake
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Period piece
Good movie, especially loved the lead actress who gave a strong performance. Plus the interrogator and the Judge (Germans) were excellent.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Young
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