Good (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Good (2008)
  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 3,169 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance | War
  • Release Date: 11 December 2008 (Hungary)
  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Filming Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Director: Vicente Amorim
  • Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs and Jodie Whittaker
  • Original Music By: Simon Lacey   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital EX
  • Plot Keyword: Professor | Children | Dementia | Suffering | Book

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • C.P. Taylor  stage play
  • John Wrathall  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • Romola Garai was cast as the female lead but backed out to take some time off movies to concentrate on University. Jodie Whittaker replaced her.
  • The music played at the end by the Jewish prisoners is Gustav Mahler’s first symphony, third movement. This movement uses as one of it’s themes a parody of the popular children song “Frère Jacques”, and the whole symphony borrows heavily from one of Mahler’s song cycles, Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen. The last song, “Die zwei blauen Augen” (The two blue eyes) can be heard sometimes during the movie, as in the end of the movie shoot and as part of the symphony’s movement being played.
  • The film was originally to be directed by Lone Scherfig in 2005, with Hugh Jackman as Halder.

Goofs: Errors in geography: In the scene, when Halder takes a walk with his ex-wife in the cemetery, which is supposed to be in Berlin, Germany, Hungarian names are clearly visible on the gravestones.

Plot: The rise of national socialism in Germany should not be regarded as a conspiracy of madmen. Millions of "good" people found themselves in a society spiralling into terrible chaos. A film about then, which illuminates the terrors of now. Full summary »  »

Story: John Halder is a 'good' and decent individual with family problems: a neurotic wife, two demanding children and a mother suffering from senile dementia. A literary professor, Halder explores his personal circumstances in a novel advocating compassionate euthanasia. When the book is unexpectedly enlisted by powerful political figures in support of government propaganda, Halder finds his career rising in an optimistic current of nationalism and prosperity. Seemingly inconsequential decisions lead to choices, which lead to more choices… with eventually devastating effect.Written by Anonymous  

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Produced By:

  • Sarah Boote known as producer
  • Karsten Brünig known as executive producer
  • Douglas Cummins known as executive producer
  • Danielle Dajani known as executive producer
  • Billy Dietrich known as producer
  • Simon Fawcett known as executive producer
  • Peter Hampden known as executive producer
  • Stephen Hays known as executive producer
  • Jason Isaacs known as executive producer
  • Zsófia Kende known as co-producer
  • Kevin Loader known as producer
  • Dan Lupovitz known as producer
  • Michel Morales known as co-producer
  • Brian O'Shea known as executive producer
  • Julia Jay Pierrepont III known as executive producer
  • B.J. Rack known as line producer (as BJ Rack)
  • Miriam Segal known as producer
  • Kornél Sipos known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Viggo Mortensen known as John Halder
  • Jason Isaacs known as Maurice Israel Glückstein
  • Jodie Whittaker known as Anne
  • Steven Mackintosh known as Freddie
  • Mark Strong known as Bouhler
  • Gemma Jones known as Mother
  • Anastasia Hille known as Helen Halder
  • Ruth Gemmell known as Elizabeth
  • Ralph Riach known as Brunau
  • Steven Elder known as Adolf Eichmann
  • Kevin Doyle known as Commandant
  • David de Keyser known as Mandelstam
  • Guy Henry known as Doctor
  • Adrian Schiller known as Josef Goebbels
  • Rick Warden known as Brownshirt
  • Charlie Condou known as Bekemeier
  • Tallulah Boote-Bond known as Lotte (as Tallulah Boote Bond)
  • Ben Segal known as Erich (as Benedict Segal)
  • Kelly Wenham known as Pretty Secretary
  • Declan Hannigan known as Handsome Doctor (Movie Studio)
  • Anna Mária Cseh known as Beautiful Woman (Movie Studio) (as Cseh Annamaria)
  • Paul M. Brennan known as Clerk (as Paul Brennan)
  • Matt Devere known as SS Motorcycle Courir
  • Mike Kelly known as Party Guest
  • Attila Szatmari known as Policeman (as Attila Szatmári)
  • Peter Linka known as SS Officer (as Péter Linka)
  • László Görög known as Neighbor

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Ildikó Aradi known as key hair stylist
  • Judit Endrényiné known as hair stylist (as Judit Endrényi)
  • Erzsébet Forgács known as makeup designer
  • Györgyi Nagy known as makeup artist
  • Györgyi Nagy known as makeup artist
  • Agnes Petrovics known as makeup artist (as Ágnes Petrovics)

Art Department:

  • László Benedek known as dressing props
  • György Csarnó known as dressing props
  • Maren Eich known as stand-by property master
  • László Gara known as dressing props
  • Róbert Hajde known as set cleaner
  • Berta Halmos known as assistant to set decorator
  • István Hatos known as dressing props
  • Pál Hrepka known as dressing props
  • Árpád Iványi known as set designer
  • Csaba Kalotás known as stand-by prop assistant
  • Sándor Katona known as set decorator buyer: Hungary
  • Márton Kenczler known as graphic artist
  • József Kiss known as construction manager
  • Adrienne Kun known as art department coordinator
  • József Lakatos known as set cleaner (as Josef Lakatos)
  • Péter Félix Mátyási known as stand-by prop assistant (as Péter Mátyassy)
  • Imre Nagy known as set dresser
  • Péter Nagy known as dressing props
  • Rhian Nicholas known as stand-by art director
  • Ede Párniczky known as stand-by prop assistant
  • Allan Rabelo known as storyboard artist
  • Béla Schneider known as art department researcher
  • Tamás Simon known as buyer
  • László Tibériusz known as stand-by carpenter
  • Zoltán Tálosi known as art department runner
  • János Tóth known as set and prop utility man
  • Fonseca Israel De J. Velázquez known as stand-by painter
  • Matthew Meadows known as storyboard artist (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • Good Films
  • Miromar Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • Sparks  camera equipment and cranes
  • Sparks  lighting
  • Abacus Consult  accounting services: Hungary
  • Aramid Entertainment Fund  funding
  • Bellwood Media  negative checks and script clearances
  • Bonded Services  film storage
  • DDA Public Relations  international public relations (as DDA PR)
  • Davenport Lyons  production legal services
  • Fatts  post-production script services
  • Fuji  film stock
  • Hear No Evil Studios  music recorded at
  • Hungarian Filmlab / Magyar Filmlabor  post-production facilities
  • Kallista Marketing & PR  festival publicity
  • Laurin Entertainment  accounting services: Hungary
  • Lee Electric  lighting
  • Leigh Saxton Green  company accounts: Good Films
  • Lip Sync Post  digital intermediate
  • Lip Sync Post  sound mixing
  • London Session Orchestra, The  orchestra (uncredited)
  • MILK Publicity  publicity
  • Media Insurance Brokers  insurance broker
  • Mediacom 24-7  travel agent
  • Movieset  construction
  • Open Casting  crowd casting
  • Panavision London  camera equipment and cranes
  • Special Treats  epk
  • Tenon Group  auditors (as Tenon)
  • Unverzagt von Have  production attorney


  • Odd Lot International (2007) (non-USA) (all media) (international sales agent)
  • Broadmedia Studios (2012) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Mirovision (2008) (South Korea) (theatrical)
  • Seven Sept (2010) (France) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Audio Visual Entertainment (2010) (Greece) (DVD)
  • CatchPlay (2009) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Imagem Filmes (2008) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Nem
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • SP Films (2012) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Spentzos Films (2009) (Greece) (all media)
  • THINKFilm (2008) (USA) (all media)
  • Vii Pillars Entertainment (2010) (Hong Kong) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Lip Sync Post (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Chris Bentley known as digital lab operator: Lip Synch Post
  • Alberto Buron known as digital lab operator: Lip Sync Post
  • James Clarke known as digital lab supervisor: Lip Sync Post
  • Neil Culley known as digital compositor: Lip Sync Post
  • Stefan Drury known as head of visual effects: Lip Sync Post
  • Katja Hollmann known as visual effects producer: Lip Sync Post (as Katja Lazare)
  • Alasdair MacCuish known as head of digital film: Lip Sync Post
  • Aileen McIntosh known as digital lab operator: Lip Sync Post
  • Peter McVey known as senior vt operator: Lip Sync Post
  • Daniel Tomlinson known as digital lab operator: Lip Sync Post
  • Samantha Tracey known as visual effects coordinator: Lip Sync Post
  • Rick White known as vt supervisor: Lip Sync Post
  • Sheila Wickens known as lead compositor: Lip Sync Post

Release Date:

  • Canada 8 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Brazil 8 October 2008 (Festival do Rio BR)
  • Brazil 17 October 2008 (São Paulo International Film Festival)
  • Italy 26 October 2008 (Rome Film Festival)
  • USA 29 October 2008 (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • Hungary 11 December 2008
  • USA 11 December 2008 (New York City, New York) (premiere)
  • Brazil 25 December 2008
  • USA 31 December 2008 (limited)
  • UK 18 February 2009 (Glasgow Film Festival)
  • Australia 9 April 2009
  • Ireland 17 April 2009
  • UK 17 April 2009
  • Brazil 29 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Spain 22 May 2009
  • New Zealand 4 June 2009
  • Taiwan 28 August 2009
  • Netherlands 6 October 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 21 October 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • France 2 March 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 28 September 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 1 January 2012
  • Argentina 17 January 2012 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for language


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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