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Stalingrad (1993)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 21 January 1993 (Germany)
The story follows a group of German soldiers, from their Italian R&R in the summer of 1942 to the frozen steppes of Soviet Russia and ending with the battle for Stalingrad.

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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
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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

During the tank battle, the Soviets are using T-34-85 tanks. The Battle took place from 1942-1943, the T-34-85 did not see service until late 1943/early 1944. The correct model for the time would be the T-34-76. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Hans von Witzland: The best thing about the cold is...
[Witzland dies]
Fritz Reiser: [holding the body] You don't have to worry about sunburn.
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Connections

Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Der Hohenfriedberger Marsch
Traditional, W Schwittmann, arranged by Enjott Schneider (as N. J. Schneider)
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More than a war flick
13 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Many of the criticisms levied at this film by other IMDb users take issue with conventional aspects of film-making - and I agree with them. It's true, Stalingrad does offer little that's new in terms of character, screenplay, visuals. And yes, any war buffs coming to this film in hope of some depiction of the battle's broader strategic context will be disappointed. To those people I recommend Antony Beevor's highly readable book, 'Stalingrad'.

Viewed from a straightforward standpoint, Stalingrad is a pretty compelling war film that is nevertheless a league below US celluloid depictions of the battlefield: when it comes to depicting the fate of the 'poor bloody infantry', the second half of Full Metal Jacket, the first quarter-hour of Saving Private Ryan, or much of Black Hawk Down is infinitely superior. And yes, its ending is something of a wimp-out.

Consider, however, that many people compare Stalingrad to FMJ, Ryan, or BHD at all, however unfavourably, and you see something of the revolution of Vilsmaier's flick. What he achieves is a pretty conventional squad-level war flick - ABOUT THE WEHRMACHT. A film about the German armed forces in WWII which invites sympathy. This, don't underestimate it, is important. At no stage is this a Nazi-apologist film. In fact, its over-willingness to be Nazi-condemnatory is what makes much of its dialogue and scenes weak. But no matter whether you find it tame or not, you do eject this one from the VHS or DVD tray thinking "poor b--tards". As the Holocaust, through the global ceremony of Holocaust Day on January 27 and through the power of global films like Spielberg's Schindler's List, becomes transported away from a specific time and place into a world parable of evil, so we are able to reappraise the role of the German soldier as victim. What attitude you take to this question is your affair - Vilsmaier's film is important for daring to raise it in the first place.


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