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

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Wings of Desire -- Wings of Desire is one of cinema's loveliest city symphonies. Bruno Ganz is Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts--fears, hopes, dreams--of all the people living below. But when he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, he is willing to give up his immortality and come back to earth to be with her.
Wings of Desire -- Interview: Wim Wenders "The Angels Among Us"


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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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  (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)
Kevin Godfrey ... Crime and The City Solution (as Epic Soundtracks)

Nick Cave ... Himself - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Thomas Wydler ... Himself - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Blixa Bargeld ... Himself - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Roland Wolf ... Himself - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Kid Congo Powers ... Himself - 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 .... sound 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)
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
Barbara von Wrangell .... unit location manager
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 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | UK:15 (cinema rating) | UK:12 (DVD rating) (2007) | USA:PG-13 | West Germany:6

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(at around 1 hr 29 mins) The graffiti behind the food cart (where Peter Falk greets the angel) reads "wer bunker baut wirft bomben" which translates to "who builds bunker throws bombs"See more »
Revealing mistakes: After Damiel becomes human, he buys a cup of coffee at a food stand. The proprietor pours coffee into a plastic cup, and Damiel immediately takes a large gulp - neither of which would be possible if the coffee were hot, as it would be if it were freshly poured.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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Spoofed in Begleiter (2006)See more »
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177 out of 201 people found the following review useful.
One of the greatest movies of the late 20th century, 14 July 2004
Author: HermesPan from North Carolina

There are so many comments written about this movie, I almost don't want to write anything - but here I am anyway :)

Though everyone is entitled to their own opinion, it disturbs me to read negative comments that WOD is 'too slow' or that Wenders should have been a still life photographer. I think that some people are missing the point of this movie. Wenders filmed this after having been part of the Hollywood machine for several years, and had grown sick of the cookie cutter films that were (and still are) being made in that tradition to produce ticket sales. Yes, this movie doesn't have loads of action and car chase scenes and guns and sex. It does offer some interesting perspectives. The consistent third person view and 'objectification' of the viewer is one aspect. Watching WOD, you don't feel the typical draw into the movie as so often is the case, but rather are a bystander, looking through a window, with your own thoughts and ideas a part of the movie, not the other way around. WOD doesn't allow you to become a subjective part of the film; it 'pushes' you away from empathizing. Even the camera angles and shots motivate this sentiment. The goal and direction of the film are presented without struggle or thought; you know that Damiel wants to be with Marion. He tells Cassiel this, and the only question is - how will he achieve this goal?

WOD belies a sense of traditional film-making. Peter Falk is presented as perhaps the 'idea' of history as fans call out 'Colombo!' The angels are bound to Berlin, existing in a purgatory neither heaven or hell, unable to communicate. The trapeze artist from a traveling circus representing freedom - not only freedom from an everyday lifestyle, but also the key to Damiel's freedom. This movie contains so many interesting ideas and perspectives, that when watched with an open, curious mind, it is fascinating, mesmerizing, calming and inspirational. Filmed entirely in Berlin, the city is not a traditional definition of beautiful. But the industrial, modernist, post WW II reconstructed Berlin is stunning and diverse, providing the perfect background for this modern classic. I cannot recommend this movie enough. But please watch it with open eyes. In the same sense you cannot listen to the music of Schoenberg or Stravinsky as you would Mozart, you cannot watch Wings of Desire as you would a Spielberg movie.

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