The Reader

Behind the mystery lies a truth that will make you question everything you know.

The Reader (2008)


Tells the story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who as a teenager in the late 1950s had an affair with an older woman, Hanna, who then disappeared only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a concentration camp guard late in the war. He alone realizes that Hanna is illiterate and may be concealing that at the expense of her freedom.

Director: Stephen Daldry
Writer: David Hare

The Reader Viooz
Score: 6.9/10 from 175 votes
Release Date: 2008-12-10
Status: Released
Run time: 124 min / 2:4
Production Companies : Mirage Enterprises, The Weinstein Company, Filmförderanstalt (FFA), Deutsche Filmförderfonds (DFFF), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM), Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen
Production Countries: Germany, United States of America


Kate Winslet
as Hanna Schmitz
Ralph Fiennes
as Michael Berg
David Kross
as Young Michael Berg
Jeanette Hain
as Brigitte
Bruno Ganz
as Professor Rohl
Hannah Herzsprung
as Julia
Karoline Herfurth
as Marthe
Volker Bruch
as Dieter Spenz
Alexandra Maria Lara
as Young Ilana Mather
Fabian Busch
as Hanna's Defense Council
Vijessna Ferkic
as Sophie
Susanne Lothar
as Carla Berg
Matthias Habich
as Peter Berg
Burghart Klaußner
as Richter
Sylvester Groth
as Staatsanwalt
Jürgen Tarrach
as Gerhard Bade


Directing Stephen Daldry Director
Camera Chris Menges Director of Photography
Writing David Hare Screenplay
Writing Bernhard Schlink Novel
Production Anthony Minghella Producer
Production Donna Gigliotti Producer
Production Redmond Morris Producer
Production Sydney Pollack Producer
Sound Nico Muhly Original Music Composer
Camera Roger Deakins Director of Photography
Editing Claire Simpson Editor
Production Simone Bär Casting
Production Jina Jay Casting
Art Brigitte Broch Production Design
Art Stefan Hauck Art Direction
Crew Christian M. Goldbeck Supervising Art Director
Art Erwin Prib Art Direction
Art Yesim Zolan Art Direction
Art Karin Betzler Set Decoration
Art Eva Stiebler Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Donna Maloney Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Ann Roth Costume Design
Editing Barbara Jean Kearney Digital Intermediate

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