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25 February 1982 (West Germany) See more »
Hans Castorp, fresh from university and about to become a civil engineer, comes to the Sanatorium Berghof... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Werner Eichhorn ... Narrator (voice)

Rod Steiger ... Mynheer Peperkorn

Marie-France Pisier ... Clawdia Chauchat

Flavio Bucci ... Ludovico Settembrini
Christoph Eichhorn ... Hans Castorp
Hans Christian Blech ... Hofrat Behrens
Alexander Radszun ... Joachim Ziemßen
Margot Hielscher ... Frau Stöhr
Gudrun Gabriel ... Frl. Marusja
Ann Zacharias ... Frl. Elly
Irm Hermann ... Frl. Engelhart
Kurt Raab ... Dr. Krokowski
Rolf Zacher ... Herr Wehsal
Helmut Griem ... James Tienappel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Charles Aznavour ... Naphta
Balduin Baas ... Zeichenlehrer
Sven-Eric Bechtolf ... Albin
Stefania Bianca ... 1. Hexe
Wilfried Blasberg ... Herr Magnus
Erika Dannhoff ... Muntere Dame
Uller Dubi ... Hinkender
Gerlinde Eger ... Schwester Berta
Buddy Elias ... Herr Wiedemann
Polo Espinoza ... Mexikaner
H.H. Jochmann ... Herr Wenzel (as Hans-Horst Jochmann)
Johanna Karl-Lory ... Olga
Felicitas Kirchgässner ... Frau Iltis
Carla Kirchner ... Dame mit zwei Zwickern
Micky Kley ... Frau Levy
Ann Kligge ... Amy Nölting
Angela Klingenberg ... Saaltochter
Roswitha Koennecke ... Frau Stravinski
Angelika Kraml ... Saaltochter
Evelyn Künneke ... Frau Salomon
Ah Yue Lou ... Dr. Ting Fu (as Ah-Yue Lou)

Peter Maloney ... Dr. Blumenkohl
Leslie Malton ... Hermine Kleefeld
Maria Manni ... 2. Hexe
Lisa Manus ... Amy's Freundin
Renate Muhri ... Russische Ehefrau
Peter Mühlenhaupt ... Herr Ferge
Tilo Prückner ... Lehrer Popow
Eschi Rehm ... Russischer Ehemann
Renate Reiche
Franz Rosenzweig ... Herr Stravinski
Alexander Ruppert ... Hans Castorp - 14 Jahre
Frank Schendler ... Herr Gänser
Jürgen Schlunk ... Staatsanwalt Paravant
Eva Schär
Elfie Six ... Saaltochter
Erika Skrotzki ... Oberin Mylendonk
Narziß Sokatscheff ... Hauptmann Miklosisch
Dieter Streipert ... Fetter Schüler
Jenny Theelen ... Tous les deux
Léonie Thelen ... Karen Karstedt
Beate Tober ... Leila Gerngroß
Monika Ullemeyer ... Zwergin Emerentia
Hazel Usher ... Fräulein Robinson
Egon Vogel ... Concierge
Gottfried Vollmer ... Herr Rasmussen
Lotti Huber ... Extra - Patient at Hospital (uncredited)
Joachim Kemmer ... Voice of Ludovico Settembrini (voice) (uncredited)
Edgar Ott ... Voice of Mynheer Peperkorn (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Hans W. Geissendörfer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hans W. Geissendörfer 
Thomas Mann  novel

Produced by
Francesco Casali .... executive producer
Wolfgang Patzschke .... producer: ZDF
Renzo Rossellini .... associate producer
Renzo Rossellini .... co-producer
Franz Seitz .... producer (as Franz Seitz Jr.)
Original Music by
Jürgen Knieper 
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus 
Film Editing by
Helga Borsche 
Peter Przygodda 
Production Design by
Heidi Lüdi 
Toni Lüdi 
Set Decoration by
Bernhard Henrich 
Costume Design by
Claudia Bobsin 
Makeup Department
Gerlinde Kunz .... makeup artist
Ruth Noé .... assistant makeup artist
Paul Schmidt .... makeup artist
Anne-Rose Schwab .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Ferdinand Althoff .... unit production manager
Rolf M. Degener .... production manager
Stefan Zürcher .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Boyadjiew .... second assistant director
Stefaan Schieder .... first assistant director
Art Department
Edith Peier .... property master
Wolfgang J. Rux .... property master
Rüdiger Strauch .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Corina Dietz .... sound editor
Hartmut Eichgrün .... sound mixer
Dankwart Gehl .... sound assistant
Hans-Walter Kramski .... foley artist
Ed Parente .... sound
Chris Price .... sound
Detlef Schäfer .... sound assistant
Lilli von Otting .... sound editor (as Lili Otting)
Visual Effects by
Theo Nischwitz .... visual effects consultant
Camera and Electrical Department
Wolfgang Aschermann .... gaffer
Gabriele Du Vinage .... still photographer
Norbert Gebing .... assistant camera
Jonny Müller .... dolly operator
Jörg Schneider .... second assistant camera
Amadou Seitz .... second assistant camera
Honorat Stangl .... gaffer
Pim Tjujerman .... first assistant camera
Paul Zech .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Risa Kes .... extras casting
Andrea Morein .... casting: bit parts
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ellen Eckelmann .... assistant costumer
Manfred Märschenz .... wardrobe
Anneke Troost .... wardrobe
Katharina von Martius .... assistant costumer
Editorial Department
Sabine Jagiella .... assistant editor
Music Department
Caspar Richter .... conductor
Other crew
Kristina Brandner .... continuity
Kristina Brandner .... script supervisor
Jan Michael Herzog .... production assistant
Rudolf Santschi .... production assistant
Stefan Scholtissek .... production assistant
Jörn Schröder .... production consultant
Gabriele Seitz .... publicist

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Additional Details

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153 min | Germany:329 min (3 parts)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Switzerland:12 (canton of the Grisons) | West Germany:16

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A filmed adaptation of Thomas Mann's novel had long been one of Alexander Korda's projects. 'Gifford Cochrane' had also tried to produce his own version starring Erich von Stroheim.See more »
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13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
The Magic Mountain disappoints, 12 August 2007
Author: jmuise from United States

For me, the soul of the novel The Magic Mountain is the clash of ideas expressed in the incessant arguments between Settembrini (the champion of the enlightenment values of humanism, democracy, science) and Naphta (representing a hyper-ascetic belief in religion, war, revolution, social upheaval and the clash of God and the devil). Later in the book, Peeperkorn introduces a third view of man centered on, daresay, pagan values (emotionalism, naturalism, non-idealism and anti-intellectualism). Perhaps unavoidably, and to its detriment, the movie gives short shrift to all of these large ideas, and most lamentably, fails to capture the ferocity of the battles between Settembrini and Naphta over the soul of Hans Castorp. This makes unintelligible the climactic confrontation between the two pedagogues in the snowy field.

Dismayingly, the Peeperkorn of Mann's novel is completely unrecognizable in the movie character. In the book, he is a larger-than-life charismatic figure who draws the other residents into his circle by the elemental force of his personality. In the movie, he is a sad and fearful old man, who feigns defiance of death in several over-wrought scenes not found in the book.

The movie also completely neglects important subordinate themes, such as the lure of Eastern passivity symbolized by Hans' infatuation with Madam Chauchat and her "Kirghiz" (Asian) eyes and exemplified by the sense of timelessness he feels at the Berghof. (This is another topic on which Settembrini frequently lectures young Hans.)

I enjoyed seeing the Berghof scenes brought to life, but, overall, I did not feel this was a successful film adaptation of Mann's book.

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