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Escape from East Berlin (1962)

Approved | | Drama | November 1962 (USA)
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 »

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Walter Brunner
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Ingeborg Schröder
Carl Schell ...
Major Eckhardt
Edith Schultze-Westrum ...
Mother Schröder
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Maria Tober ...
Marga
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Günther Jurgens
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Heidi Eckhardt
Alfred Balthoff ...
Klussendorf - a Neighbor
Anita Kupsch ...
Bambi
Kurt Waitzmann ...
Prof. Thomas Jurgens
Helma Seitz ...
Frau Jürgens
Ronald Dehne ...
Helmut Schröder
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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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The role of Kurt Schroder was originally intended for Horst Buchholz. See more »

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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.
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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.


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