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Die Brücke
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Release Date:
1 May 1961 (USA) See more »
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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
Location Management
Rudolf Fichtner .... location manager (as Rudi Fichtner)
Karl Hellmer .... location manager
Other crew
Günter Braun .... production accountant
Ruth Girkon .... script editor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Die Brücke" - West Germany (original title)
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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The bridge was called Florian-Geyer-Brücke. It was torn down in 1991 and replaced by a new one in 1995. There now are several plaques with film scenes there as a reminder of this movie.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The wheels can clearly been seen under the "tank" body.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Die Nacht der Regisseure (1995)See more »


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63 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Deserves a 11 instead a 10., 7 January 2005
Author: bugs-32 from Spain

In my opinion is the best war film I've ever seen. The story is one o the best examples of the nonsense and madness of war. Seems incredible that this movie has been done by Germany and released after 14 years since the end of the war. You can see a traumatic passage from childhood to maturity in the principal characters. The film is from the late fifties so there is no big special effects like "saving private Ryan". Also, the movie is not showing a major and historical battle, with a lot of soldiers and tanks fighting between explosions. In fact,the war scenes can be seen only in the last half hour. The final scene on the bridge is one of the most disturbing scenes of war films.

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