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: 7/10 from 390 votes
Release Date: 2008-12-10
Status: Released
Run time: 124 min / 2:4
Production Companies : Studio Babelsberg, Filmförderanstalt (FFA), The Weinstein Company, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Mirage Enterprises, Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Deutsche Filmförderfonds (DFFF), Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM)
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
Florian Bartholomäi
as Thomas Berg
Moritz Grove
as Holger
Kirsten Block
as Richterin
Fabian Busch
as Verteidiger
Margarita Broich
as Verteidigerin
Marie Gruber
as Verteidigerin
Lena Olin
as Rose Mather
Martin Brambach
as Gefängniswärter
Carmen-Maja Antoni
as Gefangene
Heike Hanold-Lynch
as Gefängniswärterin


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
Art 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
Art Anja Fromm Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Linda Melazzo Makeup Artist
Directing Katri Billard Script Supervisor
Crew Linda Gamble Unit Publicist
Directing Susanna Lenton Script Supervisor
Sound Annette Kudrak Music Editor

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