Bonhoeffer: Agent Of Grace

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What is a moral person to do in a time of savage immorality? That question tormented Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German clergyman of great distinction who actively opposed Hitler and the Nazis. His convictions cost him his life. The Nazis hanged him on April 9, 1945, less than a month before the end of the war. Bonhoeffer's last years, his participation in the German resistance and his moral struggle are dramatized in this film. More than just a biographical portrait, Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace sheds light on the little-known efforts of the German resistance. It brings to a wide audience the heroic rebellion of Bonhoeffer, a highly regarded Lutheran minister who could have kept his peace and saved his life on several occasions but instead paid the ultimate price for his beliefs.

Item Specifications...

Record Label   Vision Video
Format   NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.1" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.58"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  DVD Video
Release Date   Dec 1, 1999
Publisher   Vision Video\Gateway Films
ISBN  1563646382  
EAN  9781563646386  
UPC  727985005157  


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Decent telling of the Bonhoeffer story  Mar 17, 2010
This is a very decent telling of the Bonhoeffer story, although a little bit light on the theological convictions behind the man. Nicely done with a high level of 'Hollywood' polish. For a more comprehensive look at his life and teachings, his insights on Christ and the Church (and impressive historical photos and footage) I recommend the documentary film 'Bonhoeffer - Pastor, Pacifist, Nazi Resister' by Martin Doblmeier. Better yet, watch them both!
 
Movie of Falsities  Dec 10, 2009
If it were possible, I would give this movie a -10 rating. It does not reflect the truth about Bonhoeffer's faith and his commitment to Christ. If you read his own writings, you will see that his heart is steadfast in serving and following Jesus Christ to the fullest. This movie falsely accuses him of a wishy-washy belief and it portrays a man who is not standing on conviction. I recommend reading his own writings (Cost of Discipleship, Letters and Papers from Prison, and the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works series) instead of watching this film that has set out to destroy the truth about the God-honoring man that Bonhoeffer was.
 
A memorable piece on this saint's life  Jun 26, 2009
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was probably one of the few human beings in history we can call "absolutely Christian" without blinking an eye. A Protestant minister at the age of 25, having attended the most prominent German universities, he took the Gospels around the world.
His theology is a necessity for anyone remotely interested in Christianity and his most important work, "The Cost of Discipleship",
is a manifesto of hardcore authenticity as regards any spiritual life at all.

Ulrich Tukur does a pretty good job of playing Bonhoeffer--the only problem is that he isn't German. Neither is anyone else in the film.
The movie seems intent on being a theological treatise, a drama, and
a catalogue of Bonhoeffer's resistance activities to the Third Reich all at once. This doesn't work very well because there is simply too much to tell.

Still, though, there are some epic moments in this which make it worth watching. When Bonhoeffer explains his "Religionless Christianity" to a group of prisoners--including a Nazi doctor who he defends from the attacks of the others--it is done in a Church desecrated by the Nazis and is a perfect setting for that particular part of his theology.
His steely, tender but absolute refusal to allow any interrogation methods (which were much worse in reality) to give the Gestapo agent any information at all is well done. His befriending of a Nazi guard, which did happen, shows the Christlike power this man had.

The recital of his poem "Who Am I?" from "Letters and Papers From Prison" amongst the bombings of the camp is magnificent.

Anyone who knows Bonhoeffer's life must be reminded of Christ's words: "Pray that you do not come into the time of trial".

Flawed but highly recommended.

 
Service good and also movie good. Very fast delivery.  Jun 25, 2009
Enjoyed the movie about the lesser known story of sacrifice during Hitler's regime. I thought it was cool that it mentioned the guy from Valkyrie even though it was made way before the movie ever came out.
 
A bit slow, not bad, but not great...  Jun 12, 2009
Having loved Luther, and being a war movie buff, I honestly expected a lot more out of Bonhoeffer. The movie dwells heavily on the period of his imprisonment instead of his activities before, meaning very few changes in scenery and very limited opportunities for the overall perspective of this great man. I wish it had dealt more with his life before the war and developed his character better.

All the actors do a magnificent job - five stars for them, I just thought the story was a bit on the weak side for such a great man. Also, as a stickler for historical accuracy, once again, the movie makers got the German uniforms wrong - an amazingly common problem for some reason. Those who imprison and hold Bonhoeffer should be Shutzpolizei members, not members of the regular German army. Prisons were not manned by German soldiers and German officers, they were manned, oddly enough, by German police men. It's nit-picking, but things like that distract me and bother me in historical true-story films. It's just as easy to get details like that right, and it's something just about every WWII history buff would know right off the bat.

Overall, a decent movie, just wish it would've had a deeper and more well developed view of this unsung hero of the faith, serving God in the midst of the Reich.
 

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