On August 30th, 1978 an East German couple travelling with their child used a toy gun to hijack an airliner to a U.S. base in West Germany. Now they must stand trial in a potentially explosive fight for their freedom in this taut political thriller based on a true story. Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now, The West Wing) stars as Herbert J. Stern, the American judge brought to West Berlin to preside over the complex, precedentshattering case. Sean Penn (Milk, 21 Grams) gives an electrifying performance as the sole witness to the incident – whose testimony holds the key to freedom or imprisonment for the hijackers.
Judgment in Berli n is a compelling drama set against an intricate tapestry of international intrigue. This fantastic study of the American legal system was directed by Sean Penn’s father, Leo Penn.