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Roses for the Prosecutor (Rosen fuer den Staatsanwalt)

Roses for the Prosecutor
Scene from "Roses for the Prosecutor" (photo courtesy of Filmmuseum Berlin/Deutsche Kinemathek)

April 1945. Because he stole two bars of chocolate, the soldier Rudi is sentenced to death by the court-martial judge Dr. Schramm. Rudi manages to escape from the firing squad at the last minute, and since the end of the war has been making a meager living as a street peddler. Years later, Dr. Schramm is now a respected public prosecutor. By chance, he runs into Rudi one day on the street. Afraid that Rudi will blow the whistle on him, Dr. Schramm wants to scare him out of town. He has Rudi arrested and bullied by the police. Desperate, Rudi steals two chocolate bars from a store, hoping his old case will be reopened and Dr. Schramm's past brought to light. But Dr. Schramm has Rudi's death sentence removed from his file. During the trial, everything seems to be going just the way Dr. Schramm has planned. But then he loses his nerves and, without fully realizing what he is saying, demands that Rudi be sentenced to death. The trial is stopped, Dr. Schramm resigns and Rudi leaves town to finally start a new life.

Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1959
Director Wolfgang Staudte
Screenplay Georg Hurdalek
Cinematography Erich Claunigk
Klaus M. Eckstein
Raimund Rosenberger
Walter Haag
Cast Walter Giller, Martin Held, Roland Kaiser, Inge Meysel, Ingrid van Bergen, Paul Hartmann, Wolfgang Neuss, Wolfgang Müller, Werner Finck
Producer Kurt Ulrich
Production Company Kurt-Ulrich Film/Berlin
Runtime 98 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Festivals Karlovy Vary 1960
Awards Jury Award Karlovy Vary 1960, German Film Awards in Silver 1960 for Best Feature Film, Best Actor, Best Screenplay
German Distributor Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen/Berlin

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