The Baader Meinhof Complex

Synopsis: 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 yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin 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. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg.
Director(s): Uli Edel
Production: Vitagraph Films
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 20 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
150 min

Hey! Come on,

Mouse, out of the water!

Oh, Mama. A little longer.

- I said out! Right now!

You're both completely blue!

They're pretty.

- Who are they?

The Shah of Iran and his wife.

- Ah, my three Graces.

Papa, what is a Shah?

- Sort of like a king.

A Shah may cut off the

head of anyone he dislikes.

Don't tell the children such rubbish.

- The Truth is Simple.

With such power, there is no joke.

- Hallo, Klaus.

And? How goes the Revolution?

- Right now, it's on holiday.

Will you to come to our party tonight?

- Certainly.

Well, until then.

- Yes.

Ah, Klaus, not now.

Yeah, sure, OK.

- It makes me nervous.

Yes, but not very much.

So cheer up.

The royal couple landed at 11.05...

in a private plane

at Tempelhof airport.

Empress Farah wore a fox-fur coat

and a black and white hat.



The Shah inspected an

honour-guard of the Berlin Police.

Stefan, dear friend.

Fresh off the presses.


For all to hear.

My clever star-journalist wife...

wrote an open letter

to her imperial highness Farah Diba.

Don't make a big deal of it.

- It'll be in the next edition.

already at the universities.

Very good.

Good day, Mrs Pahlevi. There's a story

in the New Review about life in Iran,

about how hot it gets there,

and how you, like most Persians,

like to holiday on the Caspian coast.

Like most Persians?

Isn't that an exaggeration?

Most Persians are farmers,

and make less than 100 Marks a year.

And half of all Persian

mothers die giving birth.

From hunger, poverty and illness.

And the children work

Do most of them really holiday

with you at the Caspian seaside?

They write:

"The Shah must have a son. "

Iranian Law is

very strict on that point.

Strange that it seems so

unimportant to the Shah.

And no official statement is made.

That the Minister of Justice

makes no comment.

That unofficial courts

are held in secret.

That torture is allowed

under Persian law.

We do not want to insult you.

But the German public

should not be insulted

with crap like this

story in the New Review.


Ulrike Meinhof.

Welcome, Pahlevi!

- Princess, Princess!

Farah! Farah Diba!


Are they crazy?


Are you crazy?

What are you doing?

Don't push me, you wanker!


Is there a doctor here?

Let us through!

It's out of control here.

Are you stupid? There, the woman!

Can you help us?

We have an injured person here.

What happened?

He was attacking me.

- You are mad?

Let's go.

He needs a physician!

Mrs Meinhof, they were not on

the demonstrators' side. Why?

The right-wing press blamed

the disaster on the students.

Above all the Springer group

tried, in its newspaper,

to label the students as rioters.

"To shout is no longer enough,

now they want blood. "

But the truth is,

the protest proved that

we live in a Police state.

That the Police and the press

went too far in Berlin on June 2nd.

And that the only freedom

here is for the Police.

But Mrs Meinhof, with all respect...

- We all know that Kurras...

...who shot Ohnesorg, will be acquitted.

That is pure demagogy!

That is demagogy.

In America they discuss using

nuclear weapons in Vietnam,

and Israel starts a war of

aggression with the help of the USA.

which is called "preventive war" here.

- Israel has to defend itself.

Then Hitler's attacks on Poland

and Russia were also "preventive".

But you can't say that!

- Mrs Meinhof, I must say...

You must also consider the child.

This woman has nothing worthwhile to say.

The American Imperialist

machine will not stop!

Vietnam, Bolivia and now the Near East.

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Bernd Eichinger

Bernd Eichinger (11 April 1949 – 24 January 2011) was a German film producer, director and screenwriter. more…

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