A Dangerous Method

November 23rd 2011
  • Drama/Historical,
  • R,
  • 99 min,
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Cassel, Sarah Gadon, André Hennicke, Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey, Mignon Remé, Mareike Carrière, Franziska Arndt, Wladimir Matuchin, André Dietz, Anna Thalbach, Sarah Marecek, Bjorn Geske, Markus Haase, Christian Serritiello, Clemens Giebel, Jost Grix, Severin von Hoensbroech, Torsten Knippertz, Dirk S. Greis, Katharina Palm, Julia Mack, Andrea Magro, Aaron Keller, Nadine Salomon
  • Director: David Cronenberg
  • Writers: Christopher Hampton, John Kerr, Christopher Hampton
  • Producer: Jeremy Thomas
  • Co Producers: Martin Katz, Marco Mehlitz
  • Associate Producers: Tiana Alexandra, Richard Mansell
  • Executive Producers: Stephan Mallmann, Karl Spoerri, Thomas Sterchi, Peter Watson, Matthias Zimmermann
  • Art Direction: Sebastian Soukup
  • Casting: Deirdre Bowen
  • Costume Design: Denise Cronenberg
  • D.O.P.: Peter Suschitzky
  • Editor: Ronald Sanders
  • Makeup: Stephan Dupuis
  • Music: Howard Shore
  • Production Design: James McAteer
  • Set Decoration: Gernot Thöndel


On the eve of World War I, Zurich and Vienna are the setting for a dark tale of sexual and intellectual discovery. Drawn from true-life events, "A Dangerous Method" takes a glimpse into the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein, the troubled but beautiful young woman who comes between them.

Into the mix comes Otto Gross, a debauched patient who is determined to push the boundaries. In this exploration of sensuality, ambition and deceit set the scene for the pivotal moment when Jung, Freud and Sabina come together and split apart, forever changing the face of modern thought.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Berlin, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Zürich, Switzerland
  • MPAA Warning: Sexual content and brief language
  • Production Budget: $20.1 million
  • Production Companies: Recorded Picture Company, Lago Film, Prospero Pictures, Astral Media, Corus Entertainment, Elbe Film, Millbrook Pictures, The Movie Network, Talking Cure Productions, Téléfilm Canada
  • Production Schedule: 17 May 2010 - August 2010

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2011 Guide Analysis: "It seems fitting that a story about two of the most influential figures in the endeavour of understanding the human mind is being told by a filmmaker who earned his reputation on some of the most psychologically f*cked up movies ever made. Certainly one of my most keenly anticipated films of next year, Cronenberg's €15 million historical biopic about the birth of psychoanalysis marks the helmer's third collaboration with Viggo Mortensen after the brilliant "A History of Violence" and the strong "Eastern Promises".

Here, Cronenberg is helped by a stellar supporting cast; on location filming in the likes of Vienna, Cologne and Berlin; and a screenplay adapted by Oscar-winning writer Christopher Hampton from his 2002 stage play "The Talking Cure". The play itself was based on a 1993 non-fiction book by John Kerr entitled "A Most Dangerous Method" which is where the film's title comes from.

Cronenberg has reinvented himself in recent years from a master of venereal horror to more mature and accessible dramatic works. Here he tackles a setup which some have already compared to his earlier twisted medical tale "Dead Ringers", however don't expect much in the way of gynecological terror this time out as apparently it's "like nothing he’s ever done before" said actor Vincent Cassel in a recent interview. Cassel added that what will be seen will be more 'fun' than we might expect, but whatever tone it sets I'm extremely curious about this one."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 30 September 2011: Italy
  • 4 November 2011: Poland
  • 10 November 2011: Germany
  • 18 November 2011: Sweden
  • 24 November 2011: Greece, Portugal
  • 25 November 2011: Spain
  • 1 December 2011: Lebanon
  • 2 December 2011: Norway
  • 21 December 2011: France
  • 4 January 2012: Belgium
  • 12 January 2012: Denmark
  • 10 February 2012: UK
  • 8 March 2012: Hungary
  • 15 March 2012: Netherlands