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The Ninth Day Details


Acclaimed filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff directed this story of a war of words between a Nazi soldier and a man of the cloth. In 1942, Henri Kremer (Ulrich Matthes) is a Catholic priest who, like three thousand other Catholic clergymen, has been sent to the Dachau prison camp by Nazi authorities for espousing his faith and speaking out against the Axis leadership. Shortly after Kremer receives word that his mother has passed away, he's pulled from the ranks at the camp and sent to Luxembourg, where he used to live and lead a congregation. While Kremer at first believes his well-connected family has arranged for his release, he soon finds this is not the case -- Untersturmfuehrer Gebhardt (August Diehl), a ranking member of the Gestapo, informs Kremer that he's been given a nine-day respite from the camp for a special assignment. Kremer is well acquainted with Bishop Philipp (Hilmar Thate), leader of Luxembourg's Catholic community, and the Nazis want the bishop to sign a letter pledging full cooperation with German authorities, something he has been unwilling even to discuss. Gebhardt wants Kremer to persuade the bishop to sign the document; if Kremer fails to meet this goal, he's told 18 priests from Luxembourg currently in Dachau will all be killed. What Gebhardt prefers not to mention is that if he can't find a way to secure the bishop's cooperation, he'll be transferred from his comfortable post to a death camp in Eastern Europe. Der Neunte Tag was based on the true story of Luxembourg priest Father Jean Bernard, who wrote of his experiences in the book Pfarrerblock Z4587. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 5, 2004


Ulrich Matthes
as Abbe Henri Kremer
August Diehl
as Untersturmfuehrer Gebhardt
Bibiana Beglau
as Marie Kremer
Jean-Paul Raths
as Raymond Schmitt
Ivan Jirik
as Armando Bausch
Karel Hromadka
as Father Laurant Koltz
Miroslav Sichman
as Father Marcel Bour
Adolf Filip
as Klimek
Vladimir Fiser
as Bishop Kozal
Peter Varga
as Jozef
Petr Janis
as Father Nansen
Zdenek Pechacek
as Camp Commander
Karel Dobry
as Bertram
Hilmar Thate
as Bishop Philipp


Volker Schlöndorff
Jürgen Haase
Andreas Pflueger
Eberhard Goerner
Tomas Erhart
Alfred Schnittke
Composer (Music Score)
Peter R. Adam
Ari Hantke
Production Designer
Wolfgang Plehn
Executive Producer
Jarmila Konecna
Costume Designer
Gunnar Vogt
Sound/Sound Designer
Irene Weigel
First Assistant Director