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    Good Synopsis

    Using one man's moral decline to express the fate of an entire nation, GOOD is a devastating drama set in Germany in the 1930's. Starring Oscar-nominee Viggo Mortensen in a dazzling change-of-pace performance, the story centres around John Halder, an enlightened intellectual who gets swept up by the momentum of Hitler's rise to power.

    Though basically a good human being, Halder has a number of personal and professional problems that are suddenly solved when he agrees to do a small service for a powerful political figure. Though no single action of Halder's is particularly harmful in and of itself, the accumulated effect of rendering a number of such services in exchange for a number of increasingly compromising rewards, takes its toll.

    One day, this seemingly "good" man, wakes up to discover that, like countless other German citizens, he has become a Nazi.

    Based on the acclaimed play by CP Taylor.

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      Jason Isaacs and Jodie Whittaker chat to BBC Films about working with Viggo Mortensen on the film about a good doctor in Nazi Germany.



    Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Jodie Whittaker, Steven Mackintosh, Mark Strong, Gemma Jones


    Vicente Amorim


    Miriam Segal


    John Wrathall

    Executive Producers:

    Simon Fawcett, Peter Hampden, Brian O'Shea



    Credits summary:

    Aramid Entertainment presents a Good Films Production, in co-production with Miromar Entertainment and Laurin Entertainment in association with Lipsync Productions LLP, Mixer Productions Brazil, 120db Films and BBC Films



    Running time:

    95 mins

    Release Dates


    17 May 2009

    Out on DVD

    31 August 2009

    Broadcast on

    22 January 2017

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