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21 December 1993 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A group of angels in the German capital look longingly upon the life of humans. | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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comedy about the strange world of humans See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Otto Sander ... Cassiel

Bruno Ganz ... Damiel

Mikhail Gorbachev ... Als Gast (as Michail S. Gorbatschow)

Nastassja Kinski ... Raphaela
Martin Olbertz ... Sterbender
Aline Krajewski ... Raissa
Monika Hansen ... Hanna / Gertrud Becker
Rüdiger Vogler ... Phillip Winter

Heinz Rühmann ... Konrad
Tilmann Vierzig ... Der Junge Konrad
Hanns Zischler ... Dr. Becker
Antonia Westphal ... Die Junge Hanna
Ingo Schmitz ... Anton Becker
Günter Meisner ... Fälscher
Sascha Wohlatz ... Jugendlicher
Lasse Lehmann ... Jugendlicher
Marcel Jelinski ... Jugendlicher
Nils Schildhauer ... Jugendlicher
Patrick Winz ... Jugendlicher
Benjamin Winz ... Jugendlicher
Camilla Pontabry ... Doria

Solveig Dommartin ... Marion
Frédéric Darié ... Maurice (as Frederic Darie)
Jean-Marie Rase ... Jules

Lajos Kovács ... Lali (as Lajos Kovacs)
Bruno Krief ... Paul
Armance Brown ... Paula
Henri Alekan ... Kapitän

Peter Falk ... Himself
Hugues Delforge ... Les Elastonautes
Claude Poncelet ... Les Elastonautes
Susanne Jansen ... Frau in der Galerie
Bob Rutman ... Künstler
Yella Rottländer ... Winters Engel
Alexander Hauff ... Taxifahrer

Horst Buchholz ... Tony Baker
Andrzej Pieczynski ... Czomsky
Natan Fyodorovsky ... Russe (as Natan Fedorowskij)
Ronald Nitschke ... Patzke
Louis Cochet ... Louis

Lou Reed ... Himself

Willem Dafoe ... Emit Flesti
Johanna Penski ... Blumenfrau
Steffi Hiller ... Passant
Eberhard Knappe ... Passant
Shefqet Namani ... Hütchenspieler
Klaus-Jürgen Steinmann ... Polizist
Matthias Zelic ... Verkäufer
Nadja Engel ... Frau mit der Ohrfeige
Daniela Nasimcova ... Engel (as Daniela Nasincova)
Gunter Kelm ... Museumswärter
Heinz-Peter Graubaum ... Museumswärter
Claude Lergenmüller ... Andre
Melanie Pontabry ... Melanie
Alfred Sczczot ... Grumpy
Udo Samel ... Sicherheitsbeamter
Gerd Wameling ... Sicherheitsbeamter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tom Farrell ... Patient in Coma (uncredited)
Kora Kirby ... Young Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Wim Wenders 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Reitinger  writer
Wim Wenders  writer
Ulrich Zieger 

Produced by
Ulrich Felsberg .... producer
Michael Schwarz .... line producer
Wim Wenders .... producer
 
Original Music by
Laurent Petitgand 
Graeme Revell (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Jürgen Jürges 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Przygodda 
 
Production Design by
Albrecht Konrad 
 
Art Direction by
Martin Schreiber 
 
Costume Design by
Esther Walz 
 
Makeup Department
Christine Atar .... makeup artist
Jeannette Latzelsberger .... assistant makeup artist
Valeska Schitthelm .... additional makeup artist
Hasso von Hugo .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Karsten Brünig .... unit production manager
Udo Heiland .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Kirby .... first assistant director
Anyon Rey .... second assistant director
Caroline Veyssière .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Peter Falk .... original artwork
Michael Fechner .... property master
Andreas Olshausen .... construction coordinator
Wolfgang Osterholzer .... carpenter
Martin Schreiber .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Tommy Goodwin .... adr mixer
Gunther Kortwich .... sound
Hans-Walter Kramski .... sound effects
Michael Kranz .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthias Lempert .... sound effects
Bernd Schmidl .... sound effects
Andreas Walther .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Michael Luppino .... special effects
Gerd Nefzer .... special effects (as Gerd Feuchter)
Uli Nefzer .... special effects supervisor (as Ulrich Nefzer)
 
Visual Effects by
Morten McAdams .... matte painter
Morten McAdams .... optical effects
Frank Schlegel .... optical effects
Hubert von Seidlein .... matte painter
 
Stunts
Clemans Bail .... stunts
François Doge .... stunt coordinator
Jean-Claude Houbart .... stunts
Hardy Martins .... stunts
Denis Wyss .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hagen Bogdanski .... assistant second camera
Jürgen Bosse .... gaffer
Stefan Breitel .... lighting technician
Benjamin Dernbecher .... assistant second camera
Jost Engelmayer .... lighting technician
Martin Fischer .... additional electrician
Paul Freuer .... additional electrician
Claus Gerling .... dolly grip
Judith Kaufmann .... second camera
Ralf Leistl .... assistant second camera
Andreas Neubauer .... still photographer
Martina Radwan .... Steadicam assistant
Martina Radwan .... assistant second camera
Ronald Schwarz .... best boy
Marco Teuchert .... lighting technician
Jörg Widmer .... Steadicam operator
Jörg Widmer .... first assistant camera
 
Animation Department
Peter Tabbert .... computer animator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marianne Birck .... wardrober
Andrea Schirmer .... wardrober
Ingrid Weiss .... wardrober
 
Music Department
Klaus Bölitz .... sound engineer
David Darling .... musician: cello solo
Irene Maas .... musician: soprano voice
Orchester Sherry Bertram .... studio orchestra
Jane Siberry .... musician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Peter Bartoschek .... title designer
Waltraud Bartoschek .... title designer
Karsten Bruening .... first recording manager
Daniel Ganz .... script editor
Steffi Hiller .... production accountant
Anton Klima .... aerial coordinator
Katrin Mehlhop .... continuity
Paul Meyer-Gerlt .... assistant accountant
Gerd Nefzer .... weapons (as Gerd Feuchter)
Karl Nefzer .... weapons
Ralph Remstedt .... second recording manager
Lothar Trolle .... script editor
 
Thanks
Curt Bois .... dedicatee
Heinz-Dieter Bonsmann .... thanks
Alfred Sczczot .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"In weiter Ferne, so nah!" - Germany (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for language
Runtime:
144 min | USA:140 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Mikhail Gorbachev only appears because his secretary was familiar with the movies of Wim Wenders and was a great admirer. She talked Gorbachev into giving up a couple of hours to do the cameo as he was on a trip to Germany anyway.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Cassiel meets Anton Becker and returns to Angelo's pizzeria, he meets Emit Flesti and Damiel puts his flour stained hands on Flesti's shoulder, leaving a white mark on the black suit. The next time we see Flesti, moments later, there is no white mark.See more »
Quotes:
Emit Flesti:Let me explain a couple of things. Time is short. That's the first thing. For the weasel, Time is a weasel. For the hero, Time is heroic. For the whore, Time is just another trick. If you're gentle, your Time is gentle. If you're in a hurry, Time flies. Time is a servant, if you are its master. Time is your god, if you are its dog. We are the creators of Time, the victims of Time, and the killers of Time. Time is timeless. That's the second thing. You are the clock, Cassiel.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Begleiter (2006)See more »
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
comedy about the strange world of humans, 20 May 2004
Author: cindy_bcr from Maine

It's difficult to make a sequel as good as the original. If it's done in the same style, it becomes a poor shadow. Here, Wim Wenders has made something different than in "Wings of Desire:" what I consider a comedy of a misfit ex-angel, to counter the desire of an angel to become human in the other film.

Near the end of the other movie, we saw one of the angels, Damiel, become human for the love of a beautiful trapeze artist. In this film, we see the other angel, Cassiel, become human by accident as he wanted to help people. As much as he wanted to fit in with our world, the more he tried to do good, the worse trouble actually made of things. He often quotes the Lou Reed song he heard: "Why can't I be good, make something of this life?"

There is a cameo appearance of a world leader, when Mikhail Gorbachev (filmed the summer after resigning as Soviet president) ponders the age-old question about the meaning and purpose of life; or two leaders if counting that the guard dog's name is Khadafy. There are jokes about getting lost between East and West, since the Wall no longer was there as a landmark. But there is the serious side at the beginning, of the war and the Nazi past, which is a little hard to follow. I almost forgot about it as I got caught up in the humor of the fallen angel, but even that had the darker side of an evil angel who was leading him astray. Yet the ending tied everything together nicely.

Like "Wings of Desire," there are nice transitions between black and white, which is how the angels see the world, and color, for how humans see things. There is also a poem started at the beginning, about humans being everything to the angels, when Cassiel looks down from the statue to "you whom we love." The angels are just the "messengers who bring light to those in darkness." The poem is repeated at the ending, adding that the message is love.

The angels lament that humans can only believe what they can see and touch. The Wall fell, the tangible symbol of the division between East and West, yet still one driver whose thoughts we heard couldn't see what the difference was between the two areas; freedom can't be seen or touched. Love, the angels message, can be neither seen nor touched, yet that, and not "blood and steel" (as said the Russian poet and diplomat that Gorbachev quotes), is what is needed for there to be peace.

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