Bonhoeffer Agent of Grace

6.41 h 26 min200013+
The story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German clergyman of great distinction, who actively opposed Hitler and the Nazis. His convictions cost him his life.
Eric Till
Ulrich TukurJohanna KlanteRobert Joy
English [CC]
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R.H. Thomson
Kurt RittigGabriela PfändnerChristian P. Stehr
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Philip 90638Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Only covers a narrow slice of his life
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[[ASIN:1589975154 Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom (Radio Theatre)]]
As a dramatization of Bonhoeffer's life, this film really only covers the final decade when he returned to Germany and became involved in the Resistance movement. It doesn't touch at all on Bonhoeffer's early years or his time in America. For that reason, I highly recommend the Radio Theatre "Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom" that I linked at the top of this review. While it may be an audio drama rather than a film, it gives a much more complete portrayal of this remarkable man's life.
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Katy LakeReviewed in the United States on October 25, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting man (but you have to do some legwork to get what this about)
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I'm something of a maven on WW2, and a Christian, and I'd never heard of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Definitely an interesting man! The truth is, though, that it's going to be difficult to understand this story unless you do some background research on Bonhoeffer, at least from the 1939 on. The resistance movement in Germany has gotten extremely little press, and that figures majorly into the life (and death) of this Lutheran minister. You can't 'get' his sacrifice and what it was all about unless you do some reading up on him. Wikipedia, which I'm usually loathe to recommend, has a pretty good entry on him and his life.

I also have to add that I didn't find the frazzled video that bad to watch. But then again, I routinely watch silent movies that go back to 1909, and if you can stand the condition those ancient filsm are in, the video quality of this will feel like a walk in the park!
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Lady LiberTEAReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Another Heroic Lutheran; and Top-Level German Resistance To Hitler
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In the historic footsteps of God's revolutionary monk Martin Luther delivering the early Christian church body from political control & abuse to extinction, this 1940s reknown Lutheran pastor suspensefully & inspiringly bravely acted on faith to participate in the highest level of sacrificial German and Christian attempts to stop what Hitler was doing to the fatherland and world. Though this script and maybe also this pastor, if taken from his writings, are not as clear on truths as God's Word, for we discerningly spiritually mature offspring of the Christian church who are able to "separate wheat from chaff," this historic biography well recreates the times well and is lingeringly memorably affecting. For Saxon fans like me a part German-American, in addition to learning more of the German Resistance, I enjoyed its re-creation of the culture enlightened by Germany's Christian history the rest of the West owes so much, rarely portrayed by filmmakers, as also in "The Book Thief" also straying from truth as modern films so often do, but enjoyable for other aspects.
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NiCKANdERiKA420Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I am a history buff & still enjoyed watching this movie! *****5 Stars
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I am a Second World War fanatic.I have read hundreds of books, both non-fiction and fiction. I have also watched many movies and documentaries pertaining to both the Second World War and the Holocaust, on every side of the Axis/Allies powers, etc...I must say that this movie is worth watching. Thank you for making this movie and making it available on the prime membership. I wish more people, especially younger children, teens, and young adults knew more about this era. I also wish that both public and private schools spent more time on history lessons, not just lessons on the Second World War, but history in general. It takes knowing about the First World War and times way before that to know how the world has become what it is today. You can learn a lot of things from reading about past times, try it, it's actually pretty interesting. If you're maybe looking for a new hobby, give it a try.
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SportyReviewed in the United States on January 31, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Video quality here is atrocious!
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Video quality here is atrocious! I've had better video quality on a old cheapo kids video recorder that I bought my daughter back in 2003! Amazon should be ashamed putting out this quality of movie. It's terrible. They've been bugging me to use the movie streaming part of my Prime membership and I've got to say NO THANKS! Improve this because dang, is it horrid!
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Gary W. PhelpsReviewed in the United States on November 11, 2013
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Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace
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Adolf Hitler proclaimed himself the New Messiah who took the place of Jesus Christ?! Then he endorsed the Ende Eintung (Final Solution) to exterminate all Jews?! This was just part of the barbaric savagery in Nazism. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran Clergyman, actively opposed Hitler and the Nazism. Bonhoeffer demonstrated to the world, especially by participation in the German Resistance (Ab Wehr) the value of each mortal individual under the Natural Law means no one is excluded. In graphic detail this movie portrays several occasions Bonhoeffer could have kept silent and saved himself. He stood for the truth and it cost him his life. The epitaph and legacy of Bonhoeffer's heorism is valid today, especially, Jesus Christ was a Jew - attack a Jew and you attack me -
try to kill a Jew and you try to kill me. Of equal importance, social eugenics like the Nazi Final Solution, has no place in this world
and each person has the moral God-given responsibility to oppose this. This movie demonstrates this!
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Jean AschmanReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
What a walk for Christ
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I had heard of Bonhoeffer from some teachings in a Bible Study I have done over the years. What I didn't know was how this man came to Christ in the face of such difficulties and strict upbringing in the state faith. What a blossoming of one man's love and G-d's direction on his life - showing him the deep spiritual walk with the Holy Spirit - and drawing him closer to Him through one step after another. Throughout his walk he committed to G-d's Holy Spirit more and more and then to be drawn into the intrigue of the German occupation and the persecution of the Jews - asked to cover for those that were deeply involved the the moving of Jews out of the hands of the Germans and in conclusion being called to stand strong for his belief and loyalty to those he loved. Need to read the book because the depth of this man's ministry is too hard to put in an hour movie. Good movie to call you to go deeper inside yourself. Recommend you watch and listen and open your ears and heart.
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Will, the tinkReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
One man doing everything he could to save victims targeted for the Nazi death camps!
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All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing! Bonhoeffer was moved to action showing great compassion for human life at the risk of loosing his own! He was a great man who has a lasting legacy to all the generations that came from the original peoples he was able to save!
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