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Night Crossing (1982)

Two men want to escape from East Germany but they will only go if they can take their families with them.

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Cast

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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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Günter 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
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Schmolk
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Major Koerner
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Ziegler (as Sky Dumont)
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Lt. Fehler
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In 1978 in East Germany two families, the Strelzyks and the Wetzels,make plans to escape the Communist East and flee to the West. Peter Strelzyk comes up with a daring idea to construct a homemade air balloon big enough to carry the two families across the East-West militarized border. The border between East and West Germany is heavily militarized, complete with watch towers, guard dogs, barbed-wire, alarms, sensors, search lights and patrols. Rumors have it that some areas of the militarized border are mined. The only chance of crossing the border is by air. The Strelzyks and the Wetzels commence their risky venture by purchasing lots of taffeta fabric and sewing it together with a sewing machine in the attic. Peter Strelzyk builds an experimental homemade hot air balloon burner. In 1979 when the balloon is ready Peter and his son test it but the Wetzel family becomes hesitant. The Strelzyks decide to go alone but bad weather causes the balloon to crash inside the Communist zone. ... Written by nufs68

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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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5 February 1982 (USA)  »

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The Balloon Movie  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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| (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Some movie posters for the film featured a long preamble that read: "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. Night Crossing. A true story." See more »

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[last lines]
Peter Strelzyk: We did it! We all did it!
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This really happened!
29 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I use this at school with my aviation class in our hot air ballooning unit. Students are now so far removed from the time of "The Iron Curtain" that they find it hard to believe this is a true story. Fortunately there are plenty of newspaper clips online to prove it. The balloon in the movie is very close to what they actually built.

This movie is well done, after the first 10 minutes the class sits very quiet and gets caught up in the suspense and action. Don't know if I would recommend it for young children because of some of the violence. But great for middle school and above, and a special treat for those of us who remember the day the wall came down.


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