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Die Brücke
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  (in credits order)
Folker Bohnet ... Hans Scholten
Fritz Wepper ... Albert Mutz
Michael Hinz ... Walter Forst
Frank Glaubrecht ... Jurgen Borchert
Karl Michael Balzer ... Karl Horber
Volker Lechtenbrink ... Klaus Hager
Günther Hoffmann ... Sigi Bernhard
Cordula Trantow ... Franziska
Wolfgang Stumpf ... Stern
Günter Pfitzmann ... Heilmann
Heinz Spitzner ... Fröhlich
Siegfried Schürenberg ... Lt. Colonel
Ruth Hausmeister ... Mrs. Mutz
Eva Vaitl ... Mrs. Borchert
Edith Schultze-Westrum ... Mother Bernhard
Hans Elwenspoek ... Mr. Forst
Trude Breitschopf ... Mrs. Forst
Klaus Hellmold ... Mr. Horber
Inge Benz ... Sigrun
Til Kiwe ... Knight of the Iron Cross
Edeltraut Elsner ... Barbara
Vicco von Bülow ... Stabsfeldwebel
Georg Lehn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Horst Bergmann
Johannes Buzalski ... Wounded Soldier

Peter Fernandez ... (voice: English version)
Heini Göbel ... Feldwebel Verpflegung
Kurt Habernoll ... Unteroffizier

Buck Henry ... (voice: English version)
Herma Hochwarter ... Dienstmädchen bei Forst
Emil Huneck ... Zivilist
Alexander Hunzinger ... Gefreiter
Ira Lewis ... (voice: English version)
Hans Oettl ... Polizist
Alfons Teuber

Directed by
Bernhard Wicki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Manfred Gregor  novel
Michael Mansfeld  writer
Karl-Wilhelm Vivier  writer
Bernhard Wicki  uncredited

Produced by
Hermann Schwerin .... producer
Jochen Schwerin .... co-producer
Hans Wolff .... executive producer
Original Music by
Hans-Martin Majewski 
Cinematography by
Gerd von Bonin 
Film Editing by
Carl Otto Bartning 
Production Design by
Heinrich Graf Brühl 
Peter Scharff 
Costume Design by
Josef Wanke 
Makeup Department
Jonas Müller .... makeup artist
Alfred Rasche .... makeup artist
Production Management
Hans Drake .... production manager
Withold Grünberg .... unit manager
J.M. von Wolffersdorf .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Holger Lussmann .... assistant director
Art Department
Eugen Eberl .... special props: weapons
Theodor Gomolka .... props
Sylvester Schimpke .... props
Sound Department
Oskar Sala .... sound effects
Willi Schwadorf .... sound
Special Effects by
Karl Baumgartner .... pyrotechnician
Eugen Eberl .... weapons
Erwin Lange .... pyrotechnician
Camera and Electrical Department
Franz Ausböck .... assistant camera
Gabriele Du Vinage .... still photographer
Horst Fehlhaber .... second camera operator
Paul Filipp .... still photographer
Editorial Department
G. Dreyer .... assistant editor
Other crew
Günter Braun .... production accountant
Rudolf Fichtner .... location manager (as Rudi Fichtner)
Ruth Girkon .... script editor
Karl Hellmer .... location manager

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Die Brücke" - West Germany (original title)
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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The film is set in Cham, in Bavaria, Germany.See more »
Anachronisms: The action takes place within a couple of days in the late spring of 1945 as the US forces were moving through Bavaria. However, the trees clearly show their late Autumn remaining foliage, instead of spring buds and new leaves.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Die Nacht der Regisseure (1995)See more »


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42 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
One of the most Powerful Movies I've it available on video?, 27 January 1999
Author: Kris Earle from Boston, MA

I saw this film at Umass for my German film class in 1990-- this was easily the best of the films that I saw throughout that semester - and the plate was full - Metropolis, Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Blue Angel, M - all fantastic films but this one was the best. Very riveting and fantastic performances from the teens. Saw "The Thin Red Line" two weeks ago and was sorely disappointed - this is one of the best war movies of all time - too bad nobody over here in the States has ever seen it but me and maybe 20 others. They have to settle with Hollywood crap. A 10 out of 10.

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