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Christiane F. (1981)

Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (original title)
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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(as Ulrich Edel)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eberhard Auriga ...
Alter Fixer
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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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Biography | Drama

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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 Hollywood High (2003) See more »

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Boys keep swinging
Text: David Bowie (as Bowie)
Music: David Bowie (as Bowie)/Brian Eno (as Eno)
RCA Records
Courtesy Rolf-Budde-Verlag, Berlin
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Movie does a great discouraging job
29 September 2001 | by (Mannheim, Germany) – See all my reviews

Having read the book twice, it wasn't easy for the movie to get 10 out of 10 points. Of course no movie can be a substitute for a book, so you have to distinguish between them and their functions.

The movie really should discourage everyone from taking drugs and the actors, too, do a great job when giving you an impression how horrid such a life can be.

But there are some definitive lacks the movie has: in the book, relatives and people who were involved in the case "Christiane F" commented on the text and told their point of view (in the current state of the book). Like that, you got a more complete view and there's an even more important fact: The enlightenment work has more effect and more awareness on the reader-side is created.

Another huge lack is: Her childhood and thoughts are completely left out. Like this, the causes for drug addiction are not really traceable. It all seems like "a quest for something new" in her dull life. In her psychological work "Am Anfang war Erziehung" (don't know the English title) Alice Miller describes the quite perfect awareness of Christiane F. and her ability to pronounce her fears and the mechanisms she follows. The plot of the movie makes it sort of one-dimensional.

With this background one might tend to dislike the movie and call it superficial and "just feeding those craving for sensation".

There's another argument corroborating this: The whole process which led her out of the drug scene is left out. There's just a cut and she's at her Grandma's. It's a pity the movie doesn't involve the recipients more in her family life...

In spite of the rather bad plot it's worth 5 out of 10 points.


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