MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 5,573 this week

Ich war neunzehn (1968)

7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 575 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 6 critic

April 1945: Gregor Hecker, 19 years of age, reaches the outskirts of Berlin as part of the Red Army's scouting team. Having fled Germany with his family when he was eight, he is confronted ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 4370 titles
created 16 May 2011
 
a list of 341 titles
created 05 Dec 2011
 
a list of 35 titles
created 29 Feb 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 06 May 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Ich war neunzehn" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ich war neunzehn (1968)

Ich war neunzehn (1968) on IMDb 7.7/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ich war neunzehn.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Stars (1959)
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The tragic love of the Jewish girl and the Nazi officer is presented as a symbol of human purity defeated by fascism and racial prejudice.

Director: Konrad Wolf
Stars: Sasha Krusharska, Jürgen Frohriep, Erik S. Klein
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

As rumors reach them that the Allied armies are advancing on their concentration camp at Buchenwald, Polish prisoners renew their feeble hope for survival and freedom. When a group of ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Beyer
Stars: Erwin Geschonneck, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Krystyn Wójcik
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In the winter of 1943, against the background of battle scenes, a young German Lieutenant who increasingly distrusts the inhuman Nazi ideology struggles with the concept of war.

Director: Frank Wisbar
Stars: Joachim Hansen, Wilhelm Borchert, Wolfgang Preiss
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A small group of adult bourgeois friends are on a day outing in the country, that outing which includes having a picnic. While they are going for a walk after the picnic, they encounter a ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Nemec
Stars: Ivan Vyskocil, Jan Klusák, Jiri Nemec
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two 17-year-olds, Werner Holt and Gilbert Wolzow, are pulled out of school and into Hitler's army. Gilbert becomes a fanatical soldier, but at the front Werner begins to understand the ... See full summary »

Director: Joachim Kunert
Stars: Klaus-Peter Thiele, Manfred Karge, Arno Wyzniewski
Solo Sunny (1980)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Sunny is the singer of band trying to establish itself in the music-scene of East-Berlin. They play regular gigs in small towns, but Sunny feels out of touch with the audience and her life ... See full summary »

Directors: Konrad Wolf, Wolfgang Kohlhaase
Stars: Renate Krößner, Alexander Lang, Dieter Montag
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America.

Director: Michael Roemer
Stars: Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln, Julius Harris
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A film about living and working conditons in the GDR of the 60's Includes a little lovestory of course.

Director: Frank Beyer
Stars: Manfred Krug, Krystyna Stypulkowska, Jutta Hoffmann
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

As a painter in the court of King Carlos IV, Goya - played by the great Lithuanian actor Donatas Banionis (The Red Tent, Solaris) - has attained wealth and reputation. He believes in King ... See full summary »

Director: Konrad Wolf
Stars: Donatas Banionis, Olivera Katarina, Fred Düren
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Four young Germans in a Soviet POW camp decide to join the Red Army to hasten the end of the war. Their new identities elicit different reactions from Germans and Russians, and are ... See full summary »

Director: Konrad Wolf
Stars: Peter Prager, Uwe Zerbe, Eberhard Kirchberg
Adventure | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Konstantine Pipinashvili
Stars: Sergei Stolyarov, Igor Vladimirov, Sergei Golovanov
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The outrageous Baron Munchausen tells of his many adventures, from meeting the Man in the Moon to defeating a Turkish army all by himself.

Director: Karel Zeman
Stars: Milos Kopecký, Rudolf Jelínek, Jana Brejchová
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaecki Schwarz ...
Gregor Hecker
Vasiliy Livanov ...
Wadim
Aleksey Eybozhenko ...
Sascha
Galina Polskikh ...
Sowjetisches Mädchen
Rolf Hoppe ...
Etappenmajor
Wolfgang Greese ...
Landschaftsgestalter
Dieter Mann ...
Willi Lommer
Jenny Gröllmann ...
Deutsches Mädchen
Kalmursa Rachmanov ...
Dsingis
Anatoly Solovyov ...
Starschinka
Johannes Wieke ...
Festungskommandant
Mikhail Gluzskiy ...
General (as Mikhail Glusski)
Jürgen Hentsch ...
Adjutant
Kurt Böwe ...
Sturmbannführer
Klaus Manchen ...
Blinder Soldat
Edit

Storyline

April 1945: Gregor Hecker, 19 years of age, reaches the outskirts of Berlin as part of the Red Army's scouting team. Having fled Germany with his family when he was eight, he is confronted with the dilemma of having to fight men from the very country he was born in. Through dealing with challenging situations (e.g. he is appointed commander of Bernau, talks to many disillusioned Germans, and is once and again attacked by scattered groups of German soldiers), he grows more confident that not all hope is lost for post-war Germany. Based on the diary entries of director Konrad Wolf, the episodic movie authentically portrays the protagonist's struggle to come to terms with his own past and identity. Written by c.winter

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

1 February 1968 (East Germany)  »

Also Known As:

I Was Nineteen  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was produced with the support of the Soviet Army and of the People's Army of the GDR. See more »

Connections

Featured in Die Nacht der Regisseure (1995) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Good but not Great
7 October 2009 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

The main problem with Ich war 19 is that glosses over several essential realities. It seems like a Soviet propaganda movie trying to white wash the past. The invasion of Germany by Soviet troops in 1944/5 was nothing short of barbaric. 18 million people were driven from their ancestral lands - over 2 million civilians were brutally murdered. More than a million POW's were liquidated and another 2 million Ukrainians, Poles and White Russians of German descent were also exterminated by the Soviets.

The landscape was almost completely destroyed by allied bombing and soviet artillery. 80% of the buildings were destroyed. Women (and boys) were frequently raped on the spot. The boys were lucky - they were invariably bayoneted after-wards - but the women were passed to next comrade. Of course we can argue that this was justified because of the Holocaust and the German barbarism in Russia and Poland. But women and children?

The film does not even suggest this was happening. It represents the war as a sort of part time activity in which a few unlucky people got killed. The buildings are all intact. The people all look well fed. The faces look completely undramatized. It doesn't bring home the reality of truth.

1945 was truly horrific for everyone between Berlin and Konigsberg (Kaliningrad)It is an indelible scar on the memory of everyone old enough to remember it. This film does not convey that horror.


5 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Does anybody know where I can find this? ca_eq
An outstanding film mcs-21
Discuss Ich war neunzehn (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?