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Der Himmel über Berlin
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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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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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 .... helicopter camera
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)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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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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The scene where Otto Sander is shown riding a bus looking morose, with his head in his hands, was shot that way because the actor had developed a large bald spot on the day of shooting and makeup couldn't hide it.See more »
Continuity: The position of the trapeze artists' arms change after Bruno stands in her trailer.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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66 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
lyrical and haunting work of art, 13 June 2004
Author: brianh-9 from Mississippi, United States

Two angels named Damiel and Cassiel are onlookers on the lives of people in Berlin. Damiel longs to become human mainly because of a trapeze artist he has become drawn to. Both dote on how the world would look if they could see it with color, feel of things, and breathe air. The angels in Wim Wender's "Wings Of Desire" are separated by the rest of the world and see this world in black and white. They look upon the many sad happenings that occur, how people go about their daily lives. The angels take notes and share lifelong memories of people they have looked upon over the years. They can hear people's thoughts and how they feel about their lives. Damiel is the one the movie focuses on more. Cassiel understands Damiel's desire, but doesn't long for humanity iname way. The film isn't coy about the fact that being an angel could be quite lonely and sort of exasperating. The film's dialogue(mostly thought)from the people across Berlin are more lyrical. It's as if their thoughts are a daily constant of Shakespeare..a long tragedy of loneliness among other emotional longings. The trapeze artist, Marion, is quite a thinker and always feels as if someone has always been their to guide her through the paths of life. Peter Falk(Yep, Columbo)appears as himself playing in a film in Berlin. Many address him as that famous detective. He, like the children, can sense the Angels' presense around him..and there's quite an interesting reason why he can. The film is very pondering and haunting. Life is quite bleak. Berlin is a fascinating setting for a film like this. We often see what history has done to Berlin..the scars show such devastation, yet this brings an element that reaches out to you. We see that life goes on around the ruin..the devastation. The angels have seen that ruin first hand. The film has Cassiel following an old dying Jew. There's a particular scene I love which has the old man walking down ruined streets. He says to himself,"This can't be Potsdamer Platz." He continues to walk and remember the places that use to exist where only ruin reveals. This scene, among so many, define the film's elegant melancholy. The film really is an unforgettable gem. Towards the end, our angel Damiel makes a decision to accept a life as a human. This adds to the film's overall dilemma. I asked myself,"Are we taking things like smelling coffee, touching an apple, or simply watching the rain as it slides from a gutter for granted." The opportunities to exist and live should be appreciated somewhat. What if we are on the otherside of the spectrum? What if we had to look at others living and breathing and smelling? *****/*****

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