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The Captain from Köpenick (1956)
"Der Hauptmann von Köpenick" (original title)

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A young shoemaker is arrested for stealing a small amount of money, and is released after being jailed for 15 years. He wants to have a pass to get a job and start anew, but without a job ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heinz Rühmann ...
Martin Held ...
Dr. Obermüller
Hannelore Schroth ...
Willy A. Kleinau ...
Leonard Steckel ...
Friedrich Domin ...
Jail Director
Erich Schellow ...
Walter Giller ...
Wolfgang Neuss ...
Kallenberg (as Wolfgang Neuß)
Bum Krüger ...
Schutzmann Kilian
Joseph Offenbach ...
Ilse Fürstenberg ...
Marie Hoöprechtr, Voigts Schwester
Maria Sebaldt ...
Auguste Viktoria Wormser, seine Tochter
Edith Hancke ...
Sick girl
Ethel Reschke ...
Pleureusenmieze
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A young shoemaker is arrested for stealing a small amount of money, and is released after being jailed for 15 years. He wants to have a pass to get a job and start anew, but without a job he doesn't get a pass; and without a pass, he doesn't get a job. He gets into the net of Prussian bureaucracy, and can't see a solution. Until he enters a small Second-Hand Shop, and sees a Prussian Uniform that fits him like a second skin... Written by Patrick Dersjant <pdersjan@telebyte.nl>

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16 August 1956 (West Germany)  »

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One of the most difficult roles
15 July 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

If stage is included, this play has been the first real caper movie with a smart and sympathetic robber and and a weak but unbeatable seeming system, which is able to give him no options in his normal life, than to beat the system with it's own weapons. The real case of Wilhelm Voigt is as legend in and around Berlin. Zuckmayer's play is one of the best of it's time. I've seen it on stage several times in several towns and countries, but Rühmann is not to defeat. No one else did the job that good, than he did, seeming to be a tall guy, when he was just a small one, being impressing, when he didn't even knew how to handle his own life, giving the money back to prove the faults of the system or just to get a passport. If you like caper movies, just check out, what brains of them might have seen before...


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