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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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Switzerland's official submission to the 1982's Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

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14 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I hated most of the characters in this movie. I hated the ending. I had trouble sleeping after I saw the film. A movie that affected me this much, must be brilliant. It is! In all its aspects. Simple storytelling at its best. A shame, and a sin, that it is all true. And you know it cuts right to the bone, after you become aware, as to how the movie was shunned in Switzerland, and how all but one print of the film managed to survive, after its initial release. Thank you, thank you, thank you, to the filmmakers and actors that made the Boat is Full, a reality. I have seen quite a few films, relating to the Holocast, and this is by far the the most horrific. As I said before, simple, yet effective.

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