7.3/10
395
9 user 4 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(book), (scripted by)
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Foreigners who apply to become Swiss citizens have no easy task - especially when the police lets Bodmer loose to check upon their background, their integration in the society, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Rolf Lyssy
Stars: Emil Steinberger, Walo Lüönd, Beatrice Kessler
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of a poor Turkish family who try to emigrate illegally to Switzerland.

Director: Xavier Koller
Stars: Necmettin Çobanoglu, Nur Sürer, Emin Sivas
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

After ordering enough typewriting paper for 40 years, just to get discount, Heinrich Lohse is forced to retire. The former manager has plenty of time now to spend with his wife and their 16... See full summary »

Directors: Vicco von Bülow, Renate Westphal-Lorenz
Stars: Evelyn Hamann, Vicco von Bülow, Irm Hermann
Iraqi Odyssey (2014)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Tracing the emigrations of his family over more than half a century, this riveting 3D documentary epic from acclaimed expatriate Iraqi filmmaker Samir pays moving homage to the frustrated ... See full summary »

Director: Samir
Muddy River (1981)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two boys, whose parents ply their trade by the mouth of a muddy river in Osaka, become close friends. The two families' "businesses" are in fact dining and prostitution. When Nobou, the ... See full summary »

Director: Kôhei Oguri
Stars: Takahiro Tamura, Mariko Kaga, Nobutaka Asahara
Mon Oncle (1958)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, but he can't quite fit into the surroundings.

Director: Jacques Tati
Stars: Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Three men face their mother's death.

Director: Francesco Rosi
Stars: Philippe Noiret, Michele Placido, Vittorio Mezzogiorno
Fraulein (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ruza left Serbia, her country, over 30 years ago and lives in Zurich. Her daily life is a string of repetitive moments until, one day, Ana arrives on the scene and upsets Ruza's ... See full summary »

Director: Andrea Staka
Stars: Mirjana Karanovic, Marija Skaricic, Ljubica Jovic
Liebeskind (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A 17-year-old girl reunites with her physician father, years after he left the family.

Director: Jeanette Wagner
Stars: Anna Fischer, Lutz Blochberger, Radik Golovkov
Man of Iron (1981)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A worker becomes a "man of iron" forged by experience, a son comes to terms with his father, a couple fall in love, a reporter searches for courage, and a nation undergoes historic change. ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Stars: Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Krystyna Janda, Marian Opania
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

This story takes place in prehistoric time when three prehistoric tribesmen search for a new fire source.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Stars: Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nicholas Kadi
Die Zeit der Kraniche (TV Movie 2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Josh Broecker
Stars: Stella Kunkat, Bernhard Schir, Floriane Daniel
Edit

Cast

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 ...
Gitty
Laurent ...
Maurice
Renate Steiger ...
Anna Flueckiger
Mathias Gnädinger ...
Franz Flueckiger
...
Landjäger Bigler
Klaus Steiger ...
Reverend Hochdorfer
Alice Bruengger ...
Frau Hochdorfer
Otto Dornbierer ...
Otti
Monika Koch ...
Rosemarie
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Language:

Release Date:

18 December 1981 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Boat Is Full  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Demystification of one's own history
14 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The anxiety of an attack from Hitler-Germany was real in Switzerland during WW II. Why should Hilter not integrate German-speaking Switzerland into his "Reich" to which already belonged Germany and Austria? After all, the "Grossdeutsches Reich" was based on the common language spoken, so Northern Switzerland was considered once lost from the "Grossreich" like Mussolini considered the Italian speaking parts of Southern Switzerland as "terre irridente". Why Hitler did not conquer Switzerland stays one of the big enigmas of history up to today.

The Swiss population that lived close to the German border - in "Das Boot ist voll" it is Siblingen, Canton of Scaffusia - realized much more of what is going on on the other side of the river Rhein. Everyday immigrants crossed the Swiss border illegally. However, what did "illegal" mean in regard of immigrant-laws that had become criminal themselves? That the population must have reacted confused when it was confronted actually with a group of immigrants like the six persons in the movie, is clear. The wish to help them hide and feed them went along with the fear to be detected and to go to prison. The boat was not full, of course, and the title of the movie is cynically meant, but Switzerland did not want to provoke Germany by giving their Jewish population asylum.

I think, films like "The Boat is Full" are necessary, but not because Switzerland had loaded more guilt upon herself than other states during WW II did. The opposite is true. But Switzerland had started to construct a very strange self-image of alleged neutrality and interwoven it with her history back to Wilhelm Tell which consists exclusively of fairy-tales. Middle-aged people like me still had to learn in school that a handful of Swiss soldiers defeated "the Habsburgian army" in "battles" whose names do not even occur in Austrian history and are not even to find in Swiss geographic maps.


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

Message Boards

Discuss Das Boot ist voll (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?