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Christiane F. (1981)
"Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo" (original title)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  2 April 1981 (USA)
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This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14-year-old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-story... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eberhard Auriga ...
Alter Fixer
Natja Brunckhorst ...
Christiane
Peggy Bussieck ...
Puppi
Lothar Chamski ...
Rolf
Rainer Woelk ...
Leiche (as Rainer Wölk)
Uwe Diderich ...
Klaus
Jan Georg Effler ...
Bernd
Ellen Esser ...
Kessis Mutter
Andreas Fuhrmann ...
Atze
Thomas Haustein ...
Detlev
Lutz Hemmerling ...
Bienenstich
Daniela Jaeger ...
Kessi
Bernhard Janson ...
Milan
Jens Kuphal ...
Axel
Christiane Lechle ...
Christianes Mutter
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Storyline

This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14-year-old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-story apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by 'The Sound', a new disco with the most modern equipment. Although legally she's too young, she asks a friend to take her. There, she meets Detlef, who's in a clique where everybody's on drugs. Step by step she gets drawn deeper into the scene. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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At 12 it was Angel Dust. At 13 it was heroin. Then she took to the streets. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Release Date:

2 April 1981 (USA)  »

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Christiane F.  »

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DEM 4,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Thomas Haustein who plays Detlef in the movie, met real Christiane F. and her friend Stella (portrayed by Kerstin Richter in the movie) on the set when they came to visit during the shooting. Thomas and real-life Stella were dating for a while during the making of the film, and she's in the film too, briefly. She plays the drug dealer who sells Detlef heroin at the Sound Disco Club, near the beginning. She's wearing a long coat. Stella died in 2004 due to health complications, consequence of years of alcohol and drug abuse. See more »

Goofs

Christiane F. plays the David Bowie album, "ChangesOneBowie," in her room. But the song that is heard - the German version of "Heroes" ("Helden") - is not on that particular record. See more »

Crazy Credits

Dedicated to: Andreas W. "Atze" (1960 - 77), Axel W. (1960 - 77), Babette D. "Babsi" (1963 - 77) and all others who didn't have the luck and strength to survive. See more »

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Twenty years later
28 November 2004 | by (Huntington Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

This powerful and shocking movie is an adaption from the bestselling book based on the true story of Christiane F. Having lived in Berlin until the mid 80's and being the same age as Christiane F. I can only stress the authencity of both book and movie. Berlin was a dark and depressing city at the time, yet a true metropolis with all its problems. You didn't have to be part of the "drug scene" to notice it everywhere in the downtown and surrounding area. Strung out junkies hitting you up for money in subway stations, streetwalkers, prostitutes at the Bahnhof Zoo ... the magazine article, followed by the book and movie just kind of brought it out in the open and documented the problem. The movie is still relevant 20 years later, one just have to put it a bit in perspective.

The soundtrack with David Bowie's music (newly rereleased on CD) is powerful and fits the overall mood perfect. Note: Christiane F. continued to struggle with her drug addiction until 1996 when she had her son. She lives in Berlin.


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