Up 6,055 this week

Tunnel 28 (1962)
"Escape from East Berlin" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  November 1962 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 271 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 4 critic

In January of 1962, 29 East Berliners escaped to West Berlin via a tunnel they had dug beneath the Berlin Wall, led by Erwin Becker, a chauffeur in the car pool of the East Germany ... See full summary »



(story), (story), 3 more credits »
0Check in

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns a classy 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3309 titles
created 18 Oct 2011
a list of 43 titles
created 10 Oct 2012
a list of 48 titles
created 17 Apr 2013
a list of 1415 titles
created 07 Dec 2013
a list of 35 titles
created 7 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Tunnel 28" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Tunnel 28 (1962)

Tunnel 28 (1962) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Tunnel 28.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A man is found murdered, with witnesses convinced about the woman they saw leaving his apartment. However, it becomes apparent that the woman has a twin, and finding out which one is the killer seems impossible.

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three strangers, each with a serious problem in their lives, share a sweepstakes ticket which they wished upon together before a Chinese idol.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Cobra Woman (1944)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Upon discovering his fiancée Tollea has been kidnaped, Ramu and his friend Kado set out for a Pacific isle where all strangers are to be killed on arrival and the inhabitants, who are ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu
Timbuktu (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly disturbed.

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Stars: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki
Berlin Tunnel 21 (TV Movie 1981)
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In Berlin in 1961, an American soldier and a German engineer join forces to build a tunnel under the Berlin Wall in order to smuggle out refugees, including the soldier's East German girlfriend.

Director: Richard Michaels
Stars: Richard Thomas, Horst Buchholz, José Ferrer
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Bachelor Harry Quincey, head designer in a small-town cloth factory, lives with his selfish sisters, glamorous hypochondriac Lettie and querulous widow Hester. His developing relationship ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: George Sanders, Ella Raines, Geraldine Fitzgerald
The Suspect (1944)
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In 1902 London, unhappily married Philip Marshall meets young Mary Gray, who is unemployed and depressed. Their deepening friendship, though physically innocent, is discovered by Philip's ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Charles Laughton, Ella Raines, Dean Harens
The Tunnel (2001)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Based on a true story a group of East Berliners escaping to the West. Harry Melchior was a champion East German swimmer at odds with the system under which he has already been imprisoned. ... See full summary »

Director: Roland Suso Richter
Stars: Heino Ferch, Nicolette Krebitz, Sebastian Koch
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Loni von Friedl, Ernst Schröder
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A serial killer terrorizes Hamburg, Germany, during World War II. When the local police can't seem to catch him, the SS is brought into the case.

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Claus Holm, Annemarie Düringer, Mario Adorf
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young writer goes to Wiesbaden to write about gambling and gamblers, only to ultimately become a compulsive gambler himself. Losing all his wealth, as well as his moral fibre, he commits ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Melvyn Douglas
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Solano Gaudite
Stars: Roberto Gonzalez, Gloria Sevilla


Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Schröder
Erika Jurgens
Walter Brunner
Ingrid van Bergen ...
Ingeborg Schröder
Carl Schell ...
Major Eckhardt
Edith Schultze-Westrum ...
Mother Schröder
Bruno Fritz ...
Uncle Albrecht
Maria Tober ...
Günther Jurgens
Kai Fischer ...
Heidi Eckhardt
Alfred Balthoff ...
Klussendorf - a Neighbor
Anita Kupsch ...
Kurt Waitzmann ...
Prof. Thomas Jurgens
Helma Seitz ...
Frau Jürgens
Ronald Dehne ...
Helmut Schröder


In January of 1962, 29 East Berliners escaped to West Berlin via a tunnel they had dug beneath the Berlin Wall, led by Erwin Becker, a chauffeur in the car pool of the East Germany Parliament, who served as technical adviser on this film. The film opens with Karl Schroeder (Don Murray), chauffeur to an East German Major, seeing a friend killed as he tried to drive his truck through the wall, He is persuaded by the friend's sister, Erika Jurgens (Christine Kaufmann), and his own family to engineer an attempt to make an escape to the Western sector of the city by digging a tunnel under the wall which is close to their home. Their efforts to evade the suspicions of the East German police, their fear of betrayal by inquisitive neighbors and the exhaustion of the digging are only a few of the difficulties faced by the group. Written by Les Adams <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Headline Hot! Filmed Where It Happened!




Approved | See all certifications »





Release Date:

November 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tunnel 28  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Uncle Albrecht: Off to band practice. We are marching in the celebration parade. I don't know what we're celebrating, but we are marching.
See more »


Referenced in The Tunnel (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Is this history now?
21 February 2002 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I watched the Berlin Wall come down in 1989. This film brings back some haunting memories. The despair of people realizing that they are trapped in the cage called East Berlin. And what we know about the Stasi--the East German secret police--makes me cringe realizing how everybody was spied upon.

Yes, the movie has a happy ending. But, while 28 people found freedom through the tunnel, think of those who lived out their days behind the wall.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Remake? brownozere
Escape From East Berlin jyoungren
On TCM Sept. 1, 2009 at 4pm dautkomm
Discuss Tunnel 28 (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: