Judgment in Berlin

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Released 1988

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Director:
Leo Penn
Released:
1988
Rating:
PG
Judgment in Berlin is a 1988 fact-based thriller based on the Herbert J. Stern book of the same name. In 1978, using a toy gun, East Germans Helmet Thiele (Heinz Hoenig) and Sigrid Radke (Jutta Speidel) hijack a Polish airliner to a United States military base in West Germany. Hoping to gain political asylum, the couple instead is forced to stand trial on charges of hijacking. Herbert J. Stern (Martin Sheen), the presideing judge from the United States, is brought in to oversee the trial. With the Justice Department hell bent on securing a conviction to pacify the Russians, they soon realize that Stern is not the pushover they hoped for. In fact, he is determined to ensure the accused have a fair trial and are afforded every right guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. After Guenther X (Sean Penn), the sole witness to the hijacking testifies, Thiele and Radke find themselves at the mercy of a jury made up of only Berliners.moreless
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