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Release Date:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
It is a wonderful movie about time , angels and how wonderful is it to be a human being 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
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Tom Farrell ... Patient in Coma (uncredited)
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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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The human name Cassiel chooses is Karl Engel. "Engel" is German for "angel."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 U2: The Best of 1990-2000 (2002) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
It is a wonderful movie about time , angels and how wonderful is it to be a human being, 8 March 2000
Author: Firas from Kiel, Germany

I can say this movie is one of the best movies I have ever watched (and I watched a lot of them). The roles were very well interpreted by good actors. Even when they are no actors at all, as Mikhail Gorbachyov who appears in a scene. Many things make this movie special. In it five languages are being spoken. Nevertheless it doesn't really matter. The protagonists can understand what is being said as though language difference is not that relevant for humans to understand each other. The pictures are the usual great Wim Wenders pictures. Black and white pictures indicate the coolness of the world of angels while colors indicate how colorful the world could be for humans (if they can see it!). It is an analysis of the relationship of man with the world around. Humans think that they are controlling the world, but the world is controlling their lives in fact. It shows how blind we can be in contemplating the beauty of the world around us. In this matter one could mention the movie called "The awakenings" (1990) although the two movies are in most aspects different. It is a movie about an angel who wants to become human in order to be able to understand humans, and how he gets into a complicated life. It helps a lot to see "The wings of desire" where the story between angels and humans started. Some things are hard to understand when you don't know the first movie. This movie is also an analysis of time. Emit Flesti (read backward Time itself) is a very interesting character that can communicate with both angels and humans, and who speaks about almost always about time and its meaning. For me he was also a mix of Lucifer and the death angel as well. The background of the whole story is Berlin after the fall of the wall, whereas "The wings of desire" took place before the end of the cold war.

This movie makes a genius use of fantasy to analyze our lives. Its main message is : "We (the angels) are not the message. We are the messengers and the message is love".

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