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David Mendelsson
Karl-Heinz von Hassel ...
Henkel (as Karl Heinz von Hassel)
Erik Schumann ...
von Strehlow
Hark Bohm ...
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Aaron
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Anna Lederer
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Miriam
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Roger Fritz ...
Kauffmann
Rainer Will ...
Bernt
Raúl Gimenez ...
Blonsky (as Raul Giminez)
Adrian Hoven ...
Ginsberg
Willy Harlander ...
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In Switzerland German singer 'Willie' falls in love with Jewish composer 'Robert' who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees. But his family thinks that 'Willie' is also a Nazi and may be a risk for them. One day 'Willie' helps 'Robert' but has to stay in Germany. As Willie starts to sing the song 'Lili Marleen' she becomes very famous and every soldier hears that song via radio at 8 pm. Although even Hitler wants to meet her she still does not forget 'Robert' and helps to smuggle photos of concentration camps to the free Switzerland. When 'Robert' wants to visit her he is captured he can finally get free again but he will never see Willie again until war is over. Written by Marco Louis <Alouisius@hotline.pfalz.de>

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DEM 10,500,000 (estimated)
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The character of Willi is loosely based on the German singer Lale Andersen who was the real Lili Marleen. See more »

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Robert is put in a Gestapo cell to find out who he is; apparently at least a week passes. Finally the ruthless ones find out that he knows Willi, the star, and decide to have them confronted, yet at this point he looks his clean-shaved best and is even better dressed than on the night of his arrest. See more »

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See the German language version
15 July 2002 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Yes, there is such a thing, despite the fact that IMDb does not currently list it.

This film is a clever examination of how hard it was NOT to become part of the Nazi system. Willie is a German singer, in love with a Swiss Jewish conductor. She returns to Germany to help her lover with the resistance, however his father - who disapproves of their relationship

  • has arranged that she will not be able to return to Switzerland.


Stranded in Berlin, Willie is forced to use a Nazi connection just to get some work...and he just happens to be the newly appointed Cultural Director. So Willie is given the opportunity to perform and record 'Lili Marleen'. The song becomes a hit, and Hitler becomes a fan. I won't go into the rest of the plot, but be assured that there are twists and turns.

By the end of this movie, you will not be able to get the song 'Lili Marleen' out of your head as it is repeated countless times. Believe me, I saw the film last week, and I am still singing it.


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