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Die Brücke
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In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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 bridge was called Florian-Geyer-Brücke. It was torn down in 1994 and replaced by a new one. There now are several plaques with film scenes there as a reminder of this movie.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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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A true anti-war movie with little sidelines, plain & clear ..., 20 December 2005
Author: berolina from United States

Once you got used to the fact that this movie is b&w (which I think does create the movie atmosphere the more 'authentic'), you get a good insight in the German state of mind towards the end of WWII. The elders get the sense that "the cause" is lost (nobody in his right mind after Stalingrad believed in the >Endsieg< - definitely the least the Nazis themselves!), the teens however are stuck with their NS idealism, marred by the fact that first love, sex and self expression are difficult to handle during these times of change ... Well, I love the movie since I first saw it in Germany as a teenager,it is also very apparent to me that Steven Spielberg has seen this movie - it definitely influenced his 'Private Ryan' epic, which is surely a better "graphical" war movie, however typically for the US mentality today and yesterday: war is still good if your a patriotic guy on the good side ...

well just get it, watch it!

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