The Baader Meinhof Complex

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The true story of the Red Army Faction. Rated R: Restricted (Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian) -- Rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, sexual content, graphic nudity and language.
Released on:
August 21, 2009 (NY)

Production Companies:
Constantin Film
Vitagraph Films

Status: Released

Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Bruno Ganz

Director: Uli Edel

Screenwriter: Bernd Eichinger
Script: Book Adaptation

Genre: Drama, Historical
About the film:
Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the still fragile German democracy. The radicalized children of the Nazi generation led by Andreas Baader (Moritz Bleibtreu), Ulrike Meinhof (Martina Gedeck) and Gudrun Ensslin (Johanna Wokalek) are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold (Bruno Ganz). And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg.
Rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, sexual content, graphic nudity and language.
Box Office: Opening weekend: $17,348 (2 theaters) | Domestic Total: $476,270
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    Stone – DaUIfCKSHUVkfuiNC
    June 08, 2012 - 19:45
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    A.E, there is some merit to your analysis, but I can think of cpenturexamoles for each of your points: Western new left c2? terrorists' main objectives was purely to get attention. Their operations were purely showy ”?hijacking planes, robbing banks, killing select people Al-Qaeda, in contrast, has clearly defined strategic goals and inflicts mass destruction in the service of reaching them.The terrorists of the 1960s and 1970s used the means available at the time, exploiting the new technologies of live TV and mass air travel. Al Qaeda has greater means, but still most of the attacks are designed to be spectacular and televised. And the New Left c2? terrorists were tiny bands of deluded children, not a networked global terror network.But the Japanese Red Army, for example, was networked with European and Palestinian groups, and all these groups received Soviet support. Carlos the Jackal was a Venezuelan communist who became a Paletinian terrorist operating throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.They also didn't have the advantage of the decline of the nation-state and globalization, which Al-Qaeda exploits to the hilt. The decline of the nation-state began in 1945, and the decline of the state in general led to the terrorism and insurgency of post-colonialism, and the ideological terrorism in the 1960s.Leftist terrorists like the RAF or the SLA could do hit-and-runs, but they lacked the kind of fanaticism that characterizes Islamist suicide bombers, the kind of fanaticism that only comes with religious fundamentalism.Not true. Suicidal attacks by the Japanese Red Army and later, the Tamil Tigers not religious fundamentalists demonstrate this. Nationalism and ideology can motivate suicide attacks, what Islamic fundamentalists added was the symbolism of martyrdom. Many leftist terrorists were killed and they all knew that they faced a high chance of death.