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A tale based on the life of Wilhelm Furtwangler, the controversial conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic whose tenure coincided with the controversial Nazi era. One of the most spectacular and renowned conductors of the 30s, Furtwangler's reputation rivaled that of Toscanini's. After the war, he was investigated as part of the Allies' de-Nazification programme. In the bombed-out Berlin of the immediate post-war period, the Allies slowly bring law and order--and justice--to bear on an occupied Germany. An American major is given the Furtwangler file, and is told to find everything he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"Schematic, didactic, and most of all, in the case of Keitel, woefully miscast."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The talk in this moral debate smokes with provocative drama and actors of weight."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"A film of some considerable power, thanks primarily to the brilliant performance of Skarsgard."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"That rare drama that's both emotionally moving and intellectually thought-provoking."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"This is a thought-provoking movie that will have you taking sides after the credits roll. It's set back in the 40's, but the story has relevance today."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"The notions of the good man's complicity through inertia ... are ones that have been more powerfully explored before."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Brilliantly acted and written, Taking Sides overcomes any shortcoming of its transition from stage to screen."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"In Taking Sides, Harvey Keitel has interpretted "powerful performance" as loud, aggressive, and singularly one-sided, despoiling an otherwise thought-provoking film."
‑ David N. Butterworth, Movie Boeuf
"Exists in the over-written, claustrophobic confines of the Ronald Harwood stage play."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Ronald Harwood's morality tale plays out on film with its fireworks intact."
‑ Boo Allen, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"We're asked to jump into the combatants' arguments with no background about either one, no reason to care if Skarsgard sweats or Keitel rages."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"...a moderately effective small-scale courtroom drama set in the immediate years after Germany's surrender and shortly after the trials at Nuremberg."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A captivating and worthy endeavor."
‑ Paul Doro, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A provocative premise that never achieves its full dramatic and intellectual potential...noise is allowed to overwhelm argument and--more importantly--understanding."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"[G]iven that we once again have an occupying military force in an ex-dictatorship overseas...the question is up-to-the-minute relevant."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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