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Wolfgang Kohlhaase (writer)
Konrad Wolf (writer)
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Release Date:
1 February 1968 (East Germany) See more »
April 1945: Gregor Hecker, 19 years of age, reaches the outskirts of Berlin as part of the Red Army's scouting team... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wolfgang Altus ... Hitlerjunge
Martin Angermann ... Offizier in Spandau
Walter Bechstein ... 1. befreiter Häftling
Hermann Beyer ... 2. befreiter Häftling
Else Bugatz ... Bäuerin
Wilhelm Burmeier ... Offizier in Spandau
Ingrid Böck ... 5-jähriges Mädchen
Richard Degen ... Bauer
Susanne Düllmann ... Frau des Bürgermeisters
Peter Ensikat ... Offizier in Spandau
Curt W. Franke ... Offizier in Spandau
Erich Giesa ... Bürgermeister
Siegfried Göhler ... Offizier in Spandau
Lutz Günzel ... Offizier in Spandau
Detlef Heintze ... Fähnrich
Dirk Jungnickel ... Offizier in Spandau
Afanasi Kochetkov ... Obersergeant
Otto Lang ... Pfarrer
Fritz Mohr ... Feldwebel
Czeslar Moissejew ... Adjutant
Vladimir Ryabov ... Oberleutnant am Kontrollpunkt
Achim Schmidtchen ... Marineoffizier
Boris Tokarev ... Unterleutnant
Martin Trettau ... Gefangener in Oranienburg
Gerhard Vogt ... Betrunkener Offizier
Viktor Volkov ... Major im Jeep
Hermann Wagemann ... Drucker
Dietmar Wenzel ... 10-jähriger Junge
Werner Wenzel ... 3. befreiter Häftling
Waldemar Wieser ... Verwundeter Hitlerjunge
Ellen Wikittel ... 14-jähriges Mädchen
Wolfgang Winkler ... Fallschirmjäger

Directed by
Konrad Wolf 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Wolfgang Kohlhaase  writer
Konrad Wolf  writer

Cinematography by
Werner Bergmann 
Film Editing by
Evelyn Carow 
Production Design by
Alfred Hirschmeier 
Costume Design by
Werner Bergemann 
Makeup Department
Günter Hermstein .... makeup artist
Inge Merten .... makeup artist
Production Management
Hans Berek .... unit manager
Herbert Ehler .... production manager
Karlheinz Haarnagell .... unit manager
Horst Schmidt .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doris Borkmann .... assistant director
Rainer Simon .... assistant director
Art Department
Rudolf Borchardt .... property master: outdoor
Willi Schafer .... set builder
Gisela Schulze .... set builder
Peter Wilde .... set builder
Sound Department
Konrad Walle .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Horst Klaucke .... gaffer
Bernd Sperberg .... still photographer
Peter Süring .... camera operator
Other crew
Anton Ackermann .... consultant
Nikolaj Surkow .... consultant
Gerhard Wolf .... script editor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"I Was Nineteen" - USA (video title)
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Germany:115 min (TV version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Germany:12 (video rating)

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The film was produced with the support of the Soviet Army and of the People's Army of the GDR.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Die Nacht der Regisseure (1995)See more »


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5 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Good but not Great, 7 October 2009
Author: Richard von Lust from Germany

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.

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