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


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 <>

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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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Christiane F.  »

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DEM 4,000,000 (estimated)

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Debut film role of actress Natja Brunckhorst who was just 14 years old when the movie was filmed. Even though this film was controversial, Brunckhorst went back-to-back with this, her next picture was Querelle (1982) which was directed by controversial German director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. See more »


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 »

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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 »


Referenced in Tarnation (2003) See more »


Written by David Bowie
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Disturbing and harrowing drama.
15 January 2003 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

"Christiane F" is the first film made by German director Ulrich Edel.The movie looks almost like a documentary what makes it even more disturbing.The acting is excellent-Natja Brunckhorst truly shines as a Christiane,who slowly becomes addicted to heroin.The atmosphere is really gritty and dark,and the film pulls no punches with its depiction of Berlin's drug world.So if you liked "Requiem for a Dream" or "Naked Lunch" give this one a look.My rating:10 out of 10.

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