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Night Crossing (1982)

 -  Family | Drama  -  5 February 1982 (USA)
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Two men want to escape from East Germany (under Communist rule) but they will only go if they can take their families with them. Based on a true story.

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Peter Strelzyk
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Doris Strelzyk
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Frank Strelzyk
Keith McKeon ...
Fitscher Strelzyk
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Guenter Wetzel
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Petra Wetzel
Geoffrey Liesik ...
'Little' Peter Wetzel
Michael Liesik ...
Andreas Wetzel
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Josef Keller
Anne Stallybrass ...
Magda Keller
Matthew Taylor ...
Lukas Keller
Klaus Löwitsch ...
Schmolk
Günter Meisner ...
Major Koerner
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Ziegler (as Sky Dumont)
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Lt. Fehler
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Two men want to escape from East Germany (under Communist rule) but they will only go if they can take their families with them. Based on a true story.

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The East German border: 836 miles of barbed wire walls, automated machine guns, armed guards, and deadly land mines. On September 15, 1979 two families tried to cross it.

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Family | Drama

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The production built their own replica Berlin Wall. The "death strip" was 16 feet (5 meters) high and half a mile (800 meters) long. See more »

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Peter Strelzyk: Are we in the West?
Police Officer: Of course you are.
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A spine-chilling political true action story
4 June 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I think that this film has become an important record of the most horrifying aspect of the East German regime - the imprisonment of its people by what the regime called its anti-fascist protective wall. It is a document of desperation and courage not to be missed. I would however like to comment on the actual location of this escape. It did not happen in or around Berlin as supposed by some respondents and was nothing to do directly with the Berlin Wall. The escape balloon was flown over the Iron Curtain which not only divided Germany but it divided the whole of Europe at that time. The balloon took off from Pössneck, 170 miles south-west of Berlin in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) and flew 14 miles to Naila in Bavaria and freedom in West Germany. The opening of the Iron Curtain in Hungary in 1989 preceded the fall of the Berlin Wall later that year. Whilst the balloon flight created entertaining suspense cinema, it should remain as a monument to those who lost their lives whilst attempting to escape from East Berlin, other parts of the GDR or other Soviet-controlled states.


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