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Germany in Autumn does not have a plot per se; it mixes documentary footage, along with standard movie scenes, to give the audience the mood of Germany during the late 1970s. The movie covers the two month time period during 1977 when a businessman was kidnapped, and later murdered, by the left-wing terrorists known as the RAF-Rote Armee Fraktion (Red Army Faction). The businessman had been kidnapped in an effort to secure the release of the orginal leaders of the RAF, also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang. When the kidnapping effort and a plane hijacking effort failed, the three most prominent leaders of the RAF, Andreas Baader, Gudrun Enslin, and Jean-Carl Raspe, all committed suicide in prison. It has become an article of faith within the left-wing community that these three were actually murdered by the state.

  1. Edgar Reitz

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Peter Schubert

    Director, Screenplay

  3. Alf Brustellin

    Director, Screenplay

  4. Hans Peter Cloos

    Director, Screenplay

  5. Katja Rupé

    Director, Screenplay

  6. Maximiliane Mainka

    Director, Screenplay

  7. Bernhard Sinkel

    Director, Screenplay

  8. Alexander Kluge

    Director, Screenplay

  9. Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus

    Director, Screenplay

  10. Volker Schlöndorff

    Director, Screenplay

  11. Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    Director, Screenplay

  12. Peter F. Steinbach


  13. Heinrich Böll


Top Billed Cast

  1. Hannelore Hoger

    Hannelore Hoger

    Gabi Teichert

  2. Angela Winkler

    Angela Winkler


  3. Vadim Glowna

    Vadim Glowna


  4. Katja Rupé

    Franziska Busch

  5. Heinz Bennent

    Heinz Bennent

    Mitglied des Kommitees

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Germany in Autumn
Germany in Autumn



Original Title Deutschland im Herbst

Status Released

Release Information

  • September 30, 1978


Original Language German

Runtime 2h 3m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -



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