Release dates:
  • Germany – July 3, 2003
  • Italy – March 2004
  • Netherlands – November 2, 2004 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary – July 2, 2005
Official Site: n.a.
Director: Giacomo Battiato
  • Giacomo Battiato,
  • Loup Durand Story and novel,
  • Nicola Lusuardi Write
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Film Locations:
  • France,
  • Munich,
  • Bavaria,
  • Germany
Plot Summary: Hoping to entrap Maria von Gall, who runs a courageous underground railroad for Jews in France, the Nazis kidnap her son Thomas, a brilliant 11-year-old chess master. An exchange arrangement goes awry and he sees her die in a hail of bullets; but he is rescued by his American father, played by Stephen Moyer, whom he has never met before, and who plans to flee with him to Spain. However, Queen Maria had solemnly entrusted her little pawn Thomas with a precious secret and a terrifying mission, and it was time for him to move. A pawn may become an important piece by slowly, quietly advancing all the way through the enemy’s ranks. Or a pawn may die trying. Retreat is what a pawn can never do. Notable quote: David Quatermain: Anyone who’s killed love within himself is capable of doing evil, filling other people’s lives with misery.
  • Klaus Maria Brandauer … Gregor Lämmle
  • Thomas Sangster … Thomas von Gall
  • Claire Keim … Catherine Lamiel
  • Giovanna Mezzogiorno … Maria von Gall
  • Stephen Moyer … David Quatermain
  • Dominique Pinon … Henri Lafont
  • Thomas Heinze … Joachim Görtz
  • Ken Duken … Jürgen Müller
  • Gottfried John … Thomas von Gall sen.
  • Thierry Lhermitte … Andreas Lazik
  • Giorgio Pasotti … Michele
  • Cédric Brelet … Saverio
  • Rufus … Prof. Bergot
  • Marisa Duken¹ … Louise
  • Didier Bourguignon … Lorry Driver
  • Bruno Cécillon … Bertrand
  • Sean Chapman … Larry Quatermain
  • Henri Costa … Guard
  • Francois Couet … Drag Singer
  • Didier Dabrowski … Soldier, Provence
  • Lara de Laubadère … Mitzi Lazik
  • Claude Duneton … Papa Allegre
  • Jean-Marie Frin … Shopkeeper
  • Joseph Frost … Player 2
  • Guillaume Groulard … Bruno
  • Philippe Julia … Soldier 1
  • Kyle König … Onlooker
  • Betty Krestinsky … Mama Allegre
  • Karl E. Landler … Soldier
  • Franck Libert … Soldier 2
  • Jean-Paul Muel … Mayor
  • Jean Nehr … Lionel
  • Peter Paulich … Business Man 1
  • Ulrich B. Pöppl¹ … Bank Employee
  • Harry Raymon … Callaghan
  • Wulf Schmid-Noerr … Chairman
  • Dagmar Schwarz … Delphine
  • Brian Stavechny … Butler
  • Thomas Tipton … Player 1
  • Michel Voletti … Librarian
  • Cedric Brelet von Sydow … Saverio
  • Cameron Watson … Concierge
  • Alain Bordiec … executive producer
  • Georges Campana … producer
  • Chris Chrisafis … executive producer
  • Alexandre Déon … line producer
  • Michael Frenschkowski … line producer
  • Jean-Baptiste Leclère … line producer
  • Peter Paulich … executive producer
  • Norbert Sauer … executive producer
  • Karin Schockweiler … associate producer
  • Roberto Sessa … executive producer
Original Music: Gert Wilden Jr
Cinemetography: Florian Balhaus
Editor: Scott Stevenson
  • Coralie Amedeo
  • Simona Conring
  • Carol L. Dudley
  • Linda Loebisch
  • Verena Pauli
  • Sylvie Peyrucq
  • Cornelia von Braun
Production Design: Christian Marti
Art Direction: Hucky Hornberger
Set Decoration: Julie Sfez
Visual Effects Luc Augereau…visual effects producer

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  1. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Good story although I thought some added scenes would have painted a better indepth view to the story.

    I would have liked to see more background between Maria and David, more about the resistance movement, David and Thomas’s life in America together, and the retribution David would have against his family for their business dealings with the Nazis.

    I loved Stephens role as the wealthy young man with a heart of gold , yet clueless to his families dealings, who risks his life taking on the Nazis for a past love and a son he never knew existed.

    David was a wonderful, sweet, adventurous, brave and had an “awakening” of sorts, realizing that there is so much more to life than how he was living it. A realization of responsibilites, a brush with death and then we see the playboy no longer but a man to be reckoned with.

    I thought it interesting that they chose Stephen, a Brit, to play an American. Just shows the talent and draw of this amazing man and actor. Accents seem to come so easily to him.

    I cannot wait for more future movies with Stephen!

    Thank you for posting the review and great photos of this wonderful movie and terrific actor!

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