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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 working title of this movie was "Heimkehr 45" (Homecoming 45).See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Die Nacht der Regisseure (1995)See more »


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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Soviet/East German propaganda, sugar coating history, 27 August 2010
Author: William Shackleford ( from Orange County California

I rented this film because of an interest in German culture and history. I lived there for a while, and have a (former East-) German wife and relatives. My wife, who was 11 in 1945 when this film takes place, says that it was much worse then than the movie shows, particularly with regard to the utter devastation, starvation, and behavior of the Russian soldiers. Few women between ages of 13 and 50 escaped being raped, and most boys of her age and a bit older were taken away and never seen again. After reunification, the mass graves of many of them, killed by Russians, have been found. Her father, who was never a soldier or Nazi, was shipped off to slave labor in Kazakhstan for about ten years. In the movie, it is implied that the surrendering German soldiers were rewarded with extra food, and then sent home. Get real.

The intent of the movie, made in the GDR at a time when they were barraged with propaganda trying to make them believe that Russians were their friends, is obvious.

Nevertheless, I did enjoy watching it, because even propaganda can be interesting for what it is. (Example: Triumph of the Will, which is infinitely better than this movie). The events involving the surrender of Spandau prison to the 19 year old Russian "commandant", which may have been based on fact and the director's own experience, were of particular interest, and well dramatized.

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