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Die Brücke
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1 May 1961 (USA) See more »
They look for love in a world of violence!
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
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 end credits assert that the script relates true facts which happened on April 27 1945.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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38 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
One of the best war films ever!!!, 24 November 2003
Author: Darnoc ( from Amsoldingen, CH

I've just managed to get this movie on DVD and watched it. After that, I just sat there and couldn't get up. I wasn't really shocked by the violence (it's all in black-white and there are films who have a lot more violence) but by the conclusion of the film, the meaningless of the fight of these teenage boys. They were just boys, dreaming to be heroes and now they had to face the bloody reality of WWII. One after another of them dies while they are defending this bridge only to learn at the end that their fight was meaningless, because the command has all the time planned to let the brigde explode instead of defending it. This is probably one of the best anti-war films ever made. It really shows the meaningless of war. It is also very interesting because it shows the other side, the side of the Germans. I think, sometimes we only see the side of the winners and forget that also the Germans were just humans (in this case just children). Perhaps this is also a reason why I like this film, only "Das Boot" shows also in a very good way the german side. I recommend for everyone to watch this film.

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