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Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 13 March 1927 (USA)
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In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.



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Sometime in the future, the city of Metropolis is home to a Utopian society where its wealthy residents live a carefree life. One of those is Freder Fredersen. One day, he spots a beautiful woman with a group of children, she and the children who quickly disappear. Trying to follow her, he, oblivious to such, is horrified to find an underground world of workers, apparently who run the machinery which keeps the above ground Utopian world functioning. One of the few people above ground who knows about the world below is Freder's father, Joh Fredersen, who is the founder and master of Metropolis. Freder learns that the woman is Maria, who espouses the need to join the "hands" - the workers - to the "head" - those in power above - by a mediator or the "heart". Freder wants to help the plight of the workers in the want for a better life. But when Joh learns of what Maria is espousing and that Freder is joining their cause, Joh, with the assistance of an old colleague and now nemesis named ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

13 March 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Metrópolis  »

Box Office


DEM 6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,070 (USA) (8 August 2003)


$26,435 (USA) (11 November 2011)

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Production Co:

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Technical Specs


| (premiere cut) | (re-release) | (1927 cut) | (2002 Murnau Foundation 75th aniversary restored) | (DVD edition) (2002 Murnau Foundation 75th aniversary restored) | (Giorgio Moroder) | (2010 restored)

Sound Mix:

(1995 restored version)| (original release)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film included more than 37,000 extras including 25,000 men, 11,000 women, 1,100 bald men, 750 children, 100 dark-skinned people and 25 Asians. 310 shooting days were required. See more »


After watching Maria's sermon, Fredersen withdraws his left hand twice from the hole in the wall next to Rotwang. See more »


Maria: Oh mediator, have you finally come?
Freder: You called me - - here I am!
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Crazy Credits

Restoration based on the version in the Filmmuseum Munich and material preserved in the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv See more »


Referenced in Edgar Neville: Emparedado entre comillas (2000) See more »


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Music and Lyrics by Freddie Mercury and Giorgio Moroder
Produced by Freddie Mercury, Giorgio Moroder and Mack
Performed by Freddie Mercury
Courtesy of Raincloud Productions, Ltd.
(from the 1984 re-release)
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User Reviews

_The_ perfect sci-fi movie!
12 May 1999 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

This must be one of the greatest movies of all time. I found myself almost in a state of shock during the whole movie. Everything was perfect. The story was great, the filming was pure genius and the effects directly from another dimension.

I don't think any movie after this one have gotten so much out of the available effects of the time as this one. Nowadays they have super computers generating special effects. Sure they look good, but it's no big deal making them. Back in 1926 computers weren't even invented yet, all effects had to be done by hand or in simple editing. And when you take a look at all the thins that have been done in this movie, it's impossible not to get impressed. Huge buildings, explosions, flooding, picture phones (however did he come up with the very idea?), transformation sequences, robots and so on. No movie has ever pulled the limits of special effects as much as this one. Star Wars and Jurassic Park are also known as limit pullers in special effects, but they don't even come close.

Then you have the filming. Everything is perfect. The use of body language is tremendous, the light setting perfect, everything well timed and perfectly captured by the camera. I've never been witness to such a treat in filming other places.

And the story!!! Perfect in every detail. Intriguing, exciting and thrilling with lots of religious undertones and tyranic leaders. No wonder Hitler liked this movie...

I don't know how the original music of the film was, but the new music for the restored 139 minute version I saw was really good and moodseting.

All in all. This is one of the most perfect movies of all time, and it deserves anything it can get. Never has a 10/10 been as secure as for this movie...

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