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Die Brücke
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Release Date:
1 May 1961 (USA) See more »
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They look for love in a world of violence!
Plot:
In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 15 wins See more »
User Reviews:
A rare find, but worth it See more (47 total) »

Cast

  (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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Runtime:
103 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The end credits assert that the script relates true facts which happened on April 27 1945.See more »
Goofs:
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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43 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
A rare find, but worth it, 18 September 2000
Author: JAM-31 from Los Angeles, CA

I had heard about this film from a book on war movies. It actually took me quite some time to find it, but I'm very glad I was finally able to see it.

Since this movie is old, and seemingly all but forgotten, I have little knowledge about the making of it, the writer and director's background, or anything else besides the film itself and the comments on this page.

With that in mind, I can say that I was fascinated with this film and was moved and disturbed by its conclusion. Yes, I agree with someone's comments below that there is not much evidence in the movie that the war is humiliatingly flattening Germany. However, I do believe that there were some small town areas that escaped the bombs, and were able to survive from the farmer's produce. What is probably least authentic about the movie is the absence of refugees (although they are mentioned) and the boys' lack of serious Hitler-Youth indoctrination--they do believe in the third reich, however, they never wear HJ uniforms or go to meetings. The Hitler Youth were fanatically loyal to the Nazis, and became the main menace to the allies in the closing months of the war.

The main theme of this movie is the pure waste of Germany's youth by the Nazis. That is the main difference between the closing sequence in this movie and the one in "Saving Private Ryan." These boys died for nothing. The boys that died in this film were like thousands of others killed in this war--brainwashed youth fighting and dying to prolong the Third Reich and Hitler's worthless life for a few more weeks.

This is a very interesting movie for today's American viewers. Although it was made about 15 years after the war, it still has an aged, foreign look and feel to it, and the war has to have been recent in the filmmaker's minds. It is also interesting to see the Americans portrayed as "the enemy." They are treated in the same fashion that American filmmakers usually depict their enemies. The movie will still have everyone sad for these forgotten, abandoned boys. I felt particularly sad for the boy strafed by the plane. Grade: B+

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