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Stalingrad (1993)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 21 January 1993 (Germany)
A depiction of the brutal battle of Stalingrad, the Third Reich's 'high water mark', as seen through the eyes of German officer Hans von Witzland and his battalion.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dominique Horwitz ...
Fritz Reiser
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Hans von Witzland
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Manfred Rohleder 'Rollo'
Sebastian Rudolph ...
Gege
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Irina
Martin Benrath ...
General Hentz
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Otto
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Hauptmann Musk
Heinz Emigholz ...
Edgar
Ferdinand Schuster ...
Double Edgar
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HGM
Dieter Okras ...
Hauptmann Haller
Zdenek Vencl ...
Wölk
Mark Kuhn ...
Pflüger
Thorsten Bolloff ...
Feldmann
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A depiction of the brutal battle of Stalingrad, the Third Reich's 'high water mark', as seen through the eyes of German officer Hans von Witzland and his battalion. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Bis zum letzten Mann... (Till the last man)

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Drama | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 January 1993 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Stalingrado  »

Box Office

Budget:

DEM 20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$77,848 (USA)
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(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original screenplay was written by Christoph Fromm but the producers disagreed with his more realistic direction and had it rewritten. Consequently, Fromm took his name off the film. See more »

Goofs

In a field hospital, a man is having his leg amputated without anaesthetic. Presumably, they ran out of anaesthesia, but even so, they would have put a piece of leather between his teeth to bite down upon and prevent him from biting his tongue off. See more »

Quotes

Otto: You know we don't stand a chance. Why not surrender?
Capt. Hermann Musk: You know what would happen if we do.
Otto: Do we deserve any better?
Capt. Hermann Musk: Otto, I'm not a Nazi.
Otto: No, you're worse. Lousy officers. You went along with it all, even though you knew who was in charge. Hermann...
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Connections

Referenced in Archer: White Nights (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

O Tannenbaum
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Traditional tune with lyrics by Ernst Anschütz
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A harrowing tale of young men being betrayed and slaughtered
9 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film affected me on many emotional levels. I saw the results of the war in East and West Berlin in 1957. While in Berlin I lived with a girl my age who lost her father in the battle for Stalingrad. Her tales made my hair stand on end as he was one of the many young Germans send there to fight as a punishment for errors,(read that as failure to win), in other battle zones.

It isn't well understood, but the Eastern Front was used as a threat and as a punishment by Hitler. Even Schindler in the film Schindler's List used that threat on the train station in order to get his bookkeeper released from the death train.

There are two scenes that will haunt be for the rest of my life:

The scene where Lt. Hans von Witzland, played by a very young and splendid Thomas Kretschmann, and the Russian actress Dana Vavrova who plays Irina.

That scene is so emotionally charged that it left both actors physically shaking. I can't imagine having to repeat that scene more than once. To have to hold that raw, totally exposed feeling/expression and body language while lights are adjusted and a different angle is used must have been physically and mentally exhausting for these two brilliant actors. They perform a brutal Dance Macabre that is both horrific and fascinating.

This scene is no longer about an enemy and the one who has been conquered. It is about a young man desperate to find one moment of humanity on an endless nightmare and a young woman who hates him and herself and yet can not resolve her situation. That he is a German and she is Russian is not as important as that they are both souls in torment with no way out.

The human agony of that scene is superior to anything I have seen in over 60 years of watching movies.

The other is the final scene between Dominique Horwitz and Kretschmann as Fritz and Hans clinging to each other overwhelmed and miniaturized by the vast Russian winter.

That final scene reminds me of Napoleon's death march from Moscow in 1812. The results were to same. No enemy can come marching into Russia and live to march out again.

I began watching this film firmly committed to cheering the Russians and hating the Germans.

By the end I was crying for them all.

That is the message of this fine film. War is a waste...a waste of human lives, of property, and of moral and religious focus.

This is a classic anti-war film not unlike All Quiet on the Western Front or What Price Glory.


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