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The Harmonists (1997)

Comedian Harmonists (original title)
Comedian Harmonists tells the story of a famous, German male sextet, five vocals and piano, the "Comedian Harmonists", from the day they meet first in 1927 to the day in 1934, when they ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Biberti
Roman Cycowski
Harry Frommermann
Heinrich Schafmeister ...
Erich A. Collin
Max Tidof ...
Ari Leschnikoff
Erwin Bootz
Meret Becker ...
Erna Eggstein
Mary Cycowski
Noemi Fischer ...
Chantal, Collin's Girlfriend
Ursula Bootz
Bruno Levy
Michaela Rosen ...
Ramona, the Madame
Günter Lamprecht ...
Eric Charell
Gérard Semaan ...
Roman's Father
Rolf Hoppe ...
Gauleiter Streicher


Comedian Harmonists tells the story of a famous, German male sextet, five vocals and piano, the "Comedian Harmonists", from the day they meet first in 1927 to the day in 1934, when they become banned by the upcoming Nazis, because three of them are Jewish. Written by Markus Mühlbauer <muehlbauer@ubaclu.unibas.ch>

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A true story that proves the voice is mightier than the sword. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 1997 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Harmonists  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

DEM 3,989,063 (Germany) (26 December 1997)


$479,828 (USA) (7 May 1999)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ben Becker and Meret Becker, who play lovers here, are brother and sister in real life. Otto Sander (1941-2013), who plays Bruno Levy, was the Becker siblings' real-life stepfather. See more »


The same building is shown as an exterior establishing shot for both a hotel in Paris and an apartment building in Berlin. See more »


[the group has just been informed that, effective after that night's show, they are banned from performing in Germany. Roman undoes his collar, refusing to go on]
Roman Cycowski: No power on Earth can force me to sing in this country again.
Harry Frommermann: Roman, please.
[the audience begins clapping for the group to come out on stage]
Harry Frommermann: Don't you hear that? Those are our fans. At least for tonight. Do you guys understand? Our fans.
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Crazy Credits

After the movie, before the end credits, a photo of the real Comedian Harmonists is showed. See more »


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Mein kleiner grüner Kaktus
Written by Albrecht Marcuse and Bert Reisfeld
Performed by Comedian Harmonists
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A Masterpiece, but...
20 July 1999 | by (Hamburg/GERMANY) – See all my reviews

Comedian Harmonists is truly a masterpiece! It shows that many Germans suffered under Hitler and the nazi regime too! But I can't understand why this great movie is rated R in US? The German rating is 6(!)! In my opinion especially young children should watch "Comedian Harmonists" to learn more about humanity and the hard life in hard times.

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