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Manfred Purzer (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 January 1981 (West Germany) See more »
In Switzerland German singer 'Willie' falls in love with Jewish composer 'Robert' who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hanna Schygulla ... Willie

Giancarlo Giannini ... Robert

Mel Ferrer ... David Mendelsson
Karl-Heinz von Hassel ... Henkel (as Karl Heinz von Hassel)
Erik Schumann ... von Strehlow
Hark Bohm ... Taschner

Gottfried John ... Aaron
Karin Baal ... Anna Lederer

Christine Kaufmann ... Miriam

Udo Kier ... Drewitz
Roger Fritz ... Kauffmann
Rainer Will ... Bernt
Raúl Gimenez ... Blonsky (as Raul Giminez)
Adrian Hoven ... Ginsberg
Willy Harlander ... Prosel
Barbara Valentin ... Eva
Helen Vita ... Grete
Elisabeth Volkmann ... Marika
Lilo Pempeit ... Tamara

Traute Hoess ... Polin
Brigitte Mira ... Nachbarin

Herb Andress ... Reintgen
Michael McLernon ... Schweizer Grenzbeamter
Jürgen Draeger ... Journalist (as Jürgen Dräger)
Rudolf Lenz ... Dr. Glaubrecht
Harry Baer ... Norbert Schultze
Toni Netzle ... Frau Prosel

Daniel Schmid ... Pförtner
Peter Chatel ... SA-Mann
Volker Eckstein ... 1. SD-Mann
Helmut Petigk ... 2. SD-Mann
Werner Asam ... 3. SD-Mann
Dirk Galuba ... 4. SD-Mann
Sonja Neudorfer ... Frau Buerli
Irm Hermann ... Krankenschwester
Herbert Steinmetz ... Arzt
Alexander Allerson ... Goedecke
Kristine De Loup ... Nachrichtensprecherin (as Christine de Loupe)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam & Eve ... (uncredited)
Franz Buchrieser ... Thome (uncredited)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... Günther Weissenborn (uncredited)
Michele Oliveri ... Soldat (uncredited)

Directed by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder 
Writing credits
Manfred Purzer (original screenplay)

Joshua Sinclair (screenplay contributor) and
Rainer Werner Fassbinder (screenplay contributor)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder (additional dialogue)

Lale Andersen (novel "Der Himmel hat viele Farben")

Werner Uschkurat (German dialogue)

Produced by
Enzo Peri .... producer
Luggi Waldleitner .... producer
Original Music by
Peer Raben 
Cinematography by
Xaver Schwarzenberger 
Michael Ballhaus (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder  (as Franz Walsch)
Juliane Lorenz 
Production Design by
Rolf Zehetbauer 
Art Direction by
Herbert Strabel 
Costume Design by
Barbara Baum 
Makeup Department
Edwin Erfmann .... makeup artist
Anni Nöbauer .... makeup artist
Hedy Polensky .... makeup artist
Ingrid Thier .... makeup artist
Production Management
Franz Achter .... unit manager
Gerhard Jakubowski .... unit manager (as Gert Jakubowski)
Josef Moosholzer .... unit manager
Konstantin Thoeren .... production manager
Michael Zöllner .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karin Viesel .... assistant director
Renate Leiffer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Harry Baer .... artistic collaborator
Richard Eglseder .... property master
Frank D. Geuer .... property master (as Frank Geuer)
Hans Stangl .... property master
Sound Department
Milan Bor .... sound
Hans-Walter Kramski .... foley artist (as Hans Kramsky)
Mel Kutbay .... foley artist
Karsten Ullrich .... sound
Hans R. Weiss .... sound assistant (as Hans Reinhardt Weiss)
Special Effects by
Joachim Schulz .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Karl Reiter .... still photographer
Christian Sebaldt .... assistant camera (as Christian Sebald)
Josef Vavra .... assistant camera (as Sepp Vavra)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Max Dietl .... costume designer: Giancarlo Giannini
Georg Kuhn .... wardrobe
Friedel Schröder .... wardrobe (as Friedl Schröder)
Marianne Schulz .... wardrobe
Ralf Rainer Stegemann .... costume designer: Hanna Schygulla
Egon Strasser .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Claudia Wutz .... assistant editor
Music Department
Norbert Schultze .... composer: song "Lili Marleen"
Ursula May .... singer (uncredited)
Other crew
Hans Baur .... press attache
Michael Behrens .... technician
Klaus Emberger .... technician
Helmut Flieger .... technician
Dieter Gackstetter .... choreographer
Heinrich Grob .... technician
Siegfried Gundel .... technician
Sam McGill .... dialogue coach
Michael McLernon .... dialogue coach (as Paul Michael McLernon)
Enzo Peri .... presenter
Alwin Schuler .... technician
Carla Thoeren .... production assistant
Michael Waldleitner .... production assistant
Robert Wischert .... technician
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
120 min | Brazil:111 min
Color (Fujicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | Netherlands:16 (original rating) (1981) | Singapore:R(A) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R | West Germany:12 (f)
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Shot in English for American distribution; later dubbed in GermanSee more »
Factual errors: After having tried to commit suicide, Willi is seen performing "Lili Marleen" in the Berlin Sportpalast as part of a deal with the Nazis, dazzlingly dressed up in front of thousands, and the event is transmitted live. Then suddenly all is held up by the announcement that all German forces have surrendered (VE Day, May 8, 1945). Of course, in the final months of the regime no-one would bother about arranging a sumptuous live transmission of music; by this time, Berlin was a heap of rubble.See more »
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References "Berlin Alexanderplatz" (1980)See more »


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24 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
See the German language version, 15 July 2002
Author: Melanie from Sydney, Australia

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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