Based on the novel by Joseph Kanon, The Good German takes place in the ruins of post-World War II Berlin, where U.S. Army war correspondent Jake Geismer (George Clooney)becomes embroiled with Lena Brandt (Cate Blanchett), a former lover whose missing husband is the object of a manhunt by both the American and Russian armies.
Intrigue mounts as Jake tries to uncover the secrets Lena may be hiding in her desperation to get herself and her husband out of Berlin. Tully (Tobey Maguire), a soldier in the American army motor pool assigned to drive Jake around Berlin, has black market connections that may be Lena’s way out – or lead them all into even darker territory.
Jake soon discovers that it is nearly impossible to unearth the truth in a time and place where people are still reeling from the horrors of the war, desperate to salvage their humanity in the shadow of the often unbearable knowledge of what they did to survive.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Virtual Studios, a Section Eight Production: the dramatic thriller The Good German, starring Academy Award winner George Clooney (Syriana), Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (The Aviator) and Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man 2).
Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) from a screenplay by Paul Attanasio (The Sum of all Fears), based on the novel by Joseph Kanon, The Good German is produced by Ben Cosgrove (Good Night, and Good Luck) and Gregory Jacobs (Ocean’s Twelve). Benjamin Waisbren and Frederic W. Brost serve as executive producers. The creative team includes production designer Philip Messina (Ocean’s Twelve) and costume designer Louise Frogley (Syriana). Music is by Thomas Newman. Casting is byDebra Zane.
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