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Das Boot ist voll (1981)

Unrated | | Drama, War | 18 December 1981 (West Germany)
During World War II, Switzerland severely limited refugees: "Our boat is full." A train from Germany halts briefly in an isolated corner of Switzerland. Six people jump off seeking asylum: ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tina Engel ...
Judith Krueger
Hans Diehl ...
Hannes Krueger
Martin Walz ...
Olaf Landau
Lazar Ostrowskij
Ilse Bahrs ...
Frau Ostrowskij
Gerd David ...
Simone ...
Laurent ...
Renate Steiger ...
Anna Flueckiger
Mathias Gnädinger ...
Franz Flueckiger
Landjäger Bigler
Klaus Steiger ...
Reverend Hochdorfer
Alice Bruengger ...
Frau Hochdorfer
Otto Dornbierer ...
Monika Koch ...


During World War II, Switzerland severely limited refugees: "Our boat is full." A train from Germany halts briefly in an isolated corner of Switzerland. Six people jump off seeking asylum: four Jews, a French child, and a German soldier. They seek temporary refuge with a couple who run a village inn. They pose as a family: the deserter as husband, Judith as his wife, an old man from Vienna as her father, his granddaughter and the French lad, whom they beg to keep silent, as their children. Judith's teenage brother poses as a soldier. The fabrication unravels through chance and the local constable's exact investigation. Whom will the Swiss allow to stay? Who gets deported? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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18 December 1981 (West Germany)  »

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The Boat Is Full  »

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The Boat Is Full
15 July 1999 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

Slow moving film from Switzerland that takes place during WWII where six people seek refuge in a village inn, much to the discomfort of the couple who runs the place. The group attempts to pose as a family, but their plans are thwarted. Although there are wonderful performances from Engel and Bois, as two Jews, the story doesn't stay strong enough to last the almost two hours running time. Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of 1981.

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