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Stalingrad (1993)

 -  Drama | War  -  21 January 1993 (Germany)
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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.

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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
Dana Vávrová ...
Irina
Martin Benrath ...
General Hentz
...
Otto
Karel Hermánek ...
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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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The soldiers at the award-ceremony receive the "General Assault Badge". See more »

Goofs

In the pre-credits it says that the German 6th Army was, at the start of the of battle at Stalingrad, commanded by Generaloberst (Colonel General) Paulus. Paulus was however promoted to Generaloberst first on 30 November 1942. 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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Soundtracks

O Tannenbaum
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Traditional tune with lyrics by Ernst Anschütz
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90'S VERSION OF 08/15, BUT WORTH A VIEW
3 September 1999 | by (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Well-meant attempt to depict the events concerning the battle of Stalingrad, though the individuals Vilsmaier concentrates on, remain - due to his direction - too far away from the viewer to have him/her really involved and the result is that the drama of the war is never really felt. Thus the film's last and symbolic shot is devoid of a deeper meaning, Thè anti-war film based on the Stalingrad event - as Vilsmaier has clearly given himself as task - is never established. An anti-war film it may be, but "die Brücke" by Bernhard Wicki still has far more impact. It also noteworthy that the film concentrates on the German soldiers only and hardly shows anything on the Russian side.

Moreover as far as the political side is concerned the film never surpasses the level of the 08/15 films by Paul May: it is simple in its division between the politically "good" and "bad" soldier, finding the latter in the higher ranks only, while the lower and lowest in rank are basically decent people; the soldier is just another victim of the regime. Compare this, if you have ever the opportunity, to what 6 German ex-soldiers tell about their experiences at the Russian front in the documentary "Mein Krieg" by Harriet Eder and Thomas Kufus (q.v.). I certainly do not want to suggest that Vilsmaier excuses the war (or worse), but he does not succeed in incorporating the socio-political situation, if he had ever the intention to do so..

There are surely impressive scenes (short truce in the plant; attack of Russian tanks, shooting of Russian civilians e.g.) and the battle scenes ar extremely well choreographed; the cinematography is sometimes stunning. But on the minus side: the cast is never more than average and the music is heavy handed.

In short: despite elementary shortcomings, certainly worth a view.


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