Hanussen (1988)


Austrian soldier Klaus Schneider is shot in the head during combat in World War I. As he recovers under the watch of Dr. Bettleheim, Schneider discovers he has the ability to read minds and see the future. Renaming himself Erik Jan Hanussen, he uses his new abilities to make money in Germany as a mind reader. Soon, Hanussen predicts the rise of Hitler and World War II, which raises his profile while also endangering his life.

Director: István Szabó.
Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Erland Josephson, Ildikó Bánsági, Walter Schmidinger, Károly Eperjes, Grazyna Szapolowska, Colette Pilz-Warren, Adrianna Biedrzynska, György Cserhalmi, Michal Bajor, Jirí Adamíra, Róbert Rátonyi, Kalina Jedrusik, Gabriela Kownacka, Ewa Blaszczyk.

1988 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Palme d’Or.
1989 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
1989 Golden Globes – Nominated for the Award for Best Foreign Language Film.


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  1. Gabrielle
    May 6, 2019

    Thank you! I love this film and am excited to see it again.

  2. Steves
    May 7, 2019


    You really put in the effort to make Rarefilmm a wonderful film site, Jon. The film index, the award information, cast and crew etc. You go all out. I tip my cap to you, sir.

  3. gluglub
    May 26, 2024

    Have you ever by chance come across the 1955 Hanussen biopic starring Klaus Kinski? Been meaning to watch this 1988 version.

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