Judgment in Berlin (film)

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Judgment in Berlin
Judgment in berlin poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLeo Penn
Produced byJoshua Sinclair
Ingrid Windisch
Written byJoshua Sinclair
Leo Penn
Edited byTeddy Darvas
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • May 6, 1988 (1988-05-06)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$229,556

Judgment in Berlin is a 1988 American drama film directed and written by Leo Penn, produced by Joshua Sinclair, who also co-wrote the film and acted in it, and Ingrid Windisch and starring Martin Sheen, Sam Wanamaker and Sean Penn, the director's son. It is based on the book Judgment in Berlin by Herbert J. Stern.


Based on the Cold War true story of three East Berlin men who hijack a plane to escape to the West. After being caught, they stand trial in Germany, where an American judge must decide if the hijacking of a plane into West Berlin was justified by the political circumstances and economic hardships of life in the German Democratic Republic.

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