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Wings of Desire (1987) More at IMDbPro »Der Himmel über Berlin (original title)

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6 May 1988 (USA) See more »
There are angels on the streets of Berlin.
An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 21 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Bruno Ganz ... Damiel

Solveig Dommartin ... Marion

Otto Sander ... Cassiel

Curt Bois ... Homer

Peter Falk ... Peter Falk
Hans Martin Stier ... In weiteren Rollen - Der Sterbende
Elmar Wilms ... In weiteren Rollen - Ein trauriger Mann
Sigurd Rachman ... In weiteren Rollen - Der Selbstmörder
Beatrice Manowski ... In weiteren Rollen - Das Strichmädchen
Lajos Kovács ... Im Zirkus - Marion's Trainer
Bruno Rosaz ... Im Zirkus - Der Clown
Laurent Petitgand ... Im Zirkus - Der Kapellmeister
Chick Ortega ... Im Zirkus - Der Schlagzeuger (as Chico Rojo Ortega)
Otto Kuhnle ... Im Zirkus - Die Jongleure
Christoph Merg ... Im Zirkus - Der Jongleure
Peter Werner ... Im Zirkus - Der Manager
Susanne Vierkötter ... Im Zirkus
Paul Busch ... Im Zirkus
Karin Busch ... Im Zirkus
Irene Moessinger ... Im Zirkus (as Irene Mössinger)
Franky ... Im Zirkus - last but not least

Teresa Harder ... In der Bibliothek - Die Engel
Daniela Nasimcova ... In der Bibliothek - Die Engel
Bernard Eisenschitz ... In der Bibliothek - Die Engel
Didier Flamand ... In der Bibliothek - Die Engel
Rolf Henke ... In der Bibliothek - Die Engel
Scott Kirby ... In der Bibliothek - Die Engel
Franck Glemin ... In der Bibliothek - Die Engel
Jerry Barrish ... Im Bunker - Der Regisseur
Jeanette Pollak ... Im Bunker - Die Kostümbildnerin
Christian Bartels ... Im Bunker - Der 'Hitlerjunge'
David Crome ... Im Bunker - Der Regieassistent
Käthe Fürstenwerth ... Im Bunker
Werner Schönrock ... Im Bunker
Bernd Ramien ... Im Bunker
Erika Rabau ... Im Bunker
Silvia Blagojeva Itscherenska ... Im Bunker
Sultan Meral ... Im Bunker
Olivier Picot ... Im Bunker
Jochen Gliscinsky ... Im Bunker
Erich Schupke ... Im Bunker
Margarete Hafner ... In den Altbauwohnungen
Oliver Herder ... In den Altbauwohnungen
Margitta Haberland ... In den Altbauwohnungen

Jürgen Heinrich ... In den Altbauwohnungen
Ralf Strathmann ... In den Altbauwohnungen
Walter Ratayszak ... In den Altbauwohnungen
Charlotte Oberberg ... In den Altbauwohnungen
Lubinka Kostic ... In den Altbauwohnungen
Gisela Westerboer ... Auf der Autobahn
Andreas Valentin ... Auf der Autobahn
Annelinde Gerstl ... Auf der Autobahn (as Anne Gerstl)
Wolf-Dirk Vogeley ... Auf der Autobahn
Ruth Rischke ... Auf der Autobahn
Familie Ayik ... Auf der Autobahn
Simon Bonney ... Crime and The City Solution

Mick Harvey ... Crime and The City Solution / Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Harry Howard ... Crime and The City Solution
Rowland S. Howard ... Crime and The City Solution (as Rowland Howard)
Epic Soundtracks ... Crime and The City Solution

Nick Cave ... Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Thomas Wydler ... Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

Blixa Bargeld ... Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Roland Wolf ... Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Kid Congo Powers ... Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (as Kid Congo)
Denis Rodriguez ... Mit den Kindern
Dieta von Aster ... Mit den Kindern
Gustav Geisler ... Mit den Kindern
Paul Geisler ... Mit den Kindern
Lorenz Geisler ... Mit den Kindern
Sladjana Kostic ... Mit den Kindern
Benedikt Schumann ... Mit den Kindern
Nicolas Roth ... Mit den Kindern
Marcus Stenzel ... Mit den Kindern
Benjamin Ferchow ... Mit den Kindern
Mario Meyer ... Mit den Kindern
Mark Leuschner ... Mit den Kindern
Tibor Dahlenburg ... Mit den Kindern
Lia Harder ... Mit den Kindern
Mascha Noak ... Mit den Kindern
Vera Butzek ... Mit den Kindern
Donald Behrendt ... Mit den Kindern
Patric Kreuzer
Simone Säger
Gerdi Hofmann
Ulrike Schirm
Hans Marquardt
Heimke Karl
Klaus Mausolf
Ozyer Hüsinye
Jean-Claude Lezin
Thierry Noir
Matthias Maaß
Henry Luczkow
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lina Otto ... Mädchen im Club (uncredited)
Johanna Penski ... Blumenverkäuferin (uncredited)

Directed by
Wim Wenders 
Writing credits
Wim Wenders 

Peter Handke (screenplay co-writer)

Richard Reitinger (screenplay contributor)

Produced by
Anatole Dauman .... producer
Pascale Dauman .... associate producer
Joachim von Mengershausen .... associate producer
Wim Wenders .... producer
Ingrid Windisch .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jürgen Knieper 
Cinematography by
Henri Alekan 
Film Editing by
Peter Przygodda 
Production Design by
Heidi Lüdi 
Set Decoration by
Esther Walz 
Costume Design by
Monika Jacobs 
Makeup Department
Regina Huyer .... makeup artist
Victor Leitenbauer .... makeup artist
Production Management
Herbert Kerz .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claire Denis .... first assistant director
Carola Hochgräf .... third assistant director
Knut Winkler .... second assistant director
Art Department
Peter Alteneder .... property master
Thierry Noir .... repainter: Berlin Wall
Sound Department
Axel Arft .... sound mixer
Hartmut Eichgrün .... re-recording mixer
Detlev Fichtner .... sound processing
Lothar Mankewitz .... sound processing
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound mixer
Uwe Thalmann .... boom operator
Hans Seck .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Ch. Arnold .... additional camera operator
Klemens Becker .... aerial cinematographer
Klaus Bieling .... best boy
Frank Blasberg .... second unit
Peter Braatz .... second unit
Dieter Bähr .... grip
Louis Cochet .... assistant camera
Claus Gerling .... electrician
Agnès Godard .... assistant camera
Thomas Gosda .... electrician
Bernd Huebner .... gaffer (as Bernd Hübner)
Klaus Krieger .... helicopter camera
Martin Kukula .... additional camera operator
Achim Poulheim .... first assistant camera
Ralf Strathmann .... still photographer
Peter Uhlig .... second assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brigitte Friedländer-Rodriguez .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Anne Schnee .... assistant editor
Dave Pultz .... color timer (uncredited)
Location Management
Barbara von Wrangell .... unit location manager
Music Department
Emmanuel Chamboredon .... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dieter Stempnierwsky .... transportation
Other crew
Catherine Coste .... production secretary
Franck Glemin .... production assistant
Scott Kirby .... production assistant
Marie-Christine Malbert .... publicist
Gabriele Mattner .... script supervisor (as Gabi Mattner)
Inge Ruf .... production accountant
Chris Sievernich .... production consultant
Tilmann Vierzig .... production wizard
Ulla Zwicker .... assistant to producer
Ulla Zwicker .... production coordinator
Mickey Cottrell .... publicist (uncredited)
Yasujirô Ozu .... dedicatee (as Yasujiro)
Andrei Tarkovsky .... dedicatee (as Andrzej)
François Truffaut .... dedicatee (as François)

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Also Known As:
"Der Himmel über Berlin" - West Germany (original title)
"The Sky Above Berlin" - USA (literal English title)
"The Sky Over Berlin" - USA (literal English title)
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128 min
Color (Eastmancolor) | Black and White (partly)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (1999) | Chile:TE | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Italy:T | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Taiwan:PG-12 (2016) | UK:PG | UK:15 (cinema rating) | UK:12 (DVD rating) (2007) | USA:PG-13 | West Germany:6

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Director Cameo: [Wim Wenders]a film-crew member in the scene where Otto Sander observes a movie set.See more »
Continuity: The position of the boys' jump-ball changes as Bruno passes by.See more »
[first lines]
[in German, using English subtitles]
Damiel:[voiceover] When the child was a child, it walked with its arms swinging. It wanted the stream to be a river, the river a torrent, and this puddle to be the sea. When the child was a child, it didn't know it was a child. Everything was full of life, and all life was one. When the child was a child, it had no opinion about anything, no habits. It often sat cross-legged, took off running, had a cowlick in its hair, and didn't make faces when photographed.
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65 out of 81 people found the following review useful.
Astonishing, 1 May 2004
Author: erik150x from United States

I just saw this film for the first time. This film is simply amazing. So subtley powerful. The climaxing scene at the bar, is like seeing the world in a grain of sand. There, just now. Did you see it? There it is again. And again, over there. You didn't see it? Watch and you'll see. This film has just made #1 on my favorite films of all time. The way they use Peter Faulk to trancend the boundry between art and life, or perhaps erase the line all together, wonderfully creative. We are guided gently in to a world full of fallen angels, and then brought full circle back home again. This is simply a must see movie. I find it hard to imagine anyone not getting something out of this movie.

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