The Reader

The Reader (2008)

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

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 2008-01-02
  • User Rating: 7.4/10 from 2321 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 4min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: The Weinstein Company
  • Production Country: Germany, United States of America
  • Director: Stephen Daldry
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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 fact at the expense of her freedom.

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  • Kate Winslet

    as Hanna Schmitz
  • Ralph Fiennes

    as Michael Berg
  • David Kross

    as Young Michael Berg
  • Lena Olin

    as Rose Mather
  • Bruno Ganz

    as Professor Rohl
  • Jeanette Hain

    as Brigitte
  • 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 Judge
  • Sylvester Groth

    as Prosecuting Council
  • Jürgen Tarrach

    as Gerhard Bade
  • Florian Bartholomäi

    as Thomas Berg
  • Moritz Grove

    as Holger
  • Kirsten Block

    as Female Judge
  • Margarita Broich

    as Co-Defendant
  • Marie Gruber

    as Co-Defendant
  • Martin Brambach

    as Remand Prison Guard #1
  • Carmen-Maja Antoni

    as Prison Librarian
  • Heike Hanold-Lynch

    as Prison Guard
  • Linda Bassett

    as Ms. Brenner
  • Ludwig Blochberger

    as Student
  • Benjamin Trinks

    as Holger's friend
Camera Roger Deakins Director of Photography
Directing Stephen Daldry Director
Production Jina Jay Casting
Production Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Production Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Production Sydney Pollack Producer
Production Anthony Minghella Producer
Production Simone Bär Casting
Costume & Make-Up Ann Roth Costume Design
Art Christian M. Goldbeck Supervising Art Director
Art Brigitte Broch Production Design
Writing David Hare Screenplay
Camera Chris Menges Director of Photography
Production Redmond Morris Producer
Editing Claire Simpson Editor
Art Yeşim Zolan Art Direction
Production Donna Gigliotti Producer
Art Erwin Prib Art Direction
Writing Bernhard Schlink Book
Art Eva Stiebler Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Linda Melazzo Makeup Artist
Art Anja Fromm Art Direction
Sound Nico Muhly Original Music Composer
Editing Barbara Jean Kearney Digital Intermediate
Art Stefan Hauck Art Direction
Art Karin Betzler Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Donna Maloney Costume Design
Directing Susanna Lenton Script Supervisor
Crew Linda Gamble Unit Publicist
Sound Annette Kudrak Music Editor
Directing Katri Billard Script Supervisor