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

R  |   |  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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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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2 April 1981 (USA)  »

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DEM 4,000,000 (estimated)
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The significance of the Berlin Zoo Station in the source book and film's sub-title and story is that it was the place which was a terminating point for many German teenagers who died there from drug overdoses in its squalid lavatory cells and cubicles. See more »

Goofs

After Christiane meets two friends inside of the Zoo station building, all three leave through a door looking for Detlef (Christiane's boyfriend) where the male prostitutes stand in line. One of her friends (Axel) wears flares-type light blue jeans inside the station, but outside he suddenly wears slim-fit dark blue jeans. 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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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Boys keep swinging
Text David Bowie
Music Bowie/ENO
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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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