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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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Robert Biberti
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Roman Cycowski
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Harry Frommermann
Heinrich Schafmeister ...
Erich A. Collin
Max Tidof ...
Ari Leschnikoff
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Erwin Bootz
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Erna Eggstein
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Mary Cycowski
Noemi Fischer ...
Chantal, Collin's Girlfriend
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Ursula Bootz
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Bruno Levy
Michaela Rosen ...
Ramona, the Madame
Günter Lamprecht ...
Eric Charell
Gérard Semaan ...
Roman's Father
Rolf Hoppe ...
Gauleiter Streicher
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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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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated R for some nudity | See all certifications »

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25 December 1997 (Germany)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

In this film, Heino Ferch and Ulrich Noethen play Jews who are persecuted by the Nazi Regime. In Downfall (2004), Ferch played Albert Speer and Noethen played Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler. See more »

Goofs

In the movie the "Comedian Harmonists" are saying that they weren't performing after their last German concert anymore and the Jewish members Germany soon after that. While the performing ban was set in 1st May 1934 they were still performing in foreign regions, like New York, Oslo etc. The Jewish members left Germany in the middle of 1935. See more »

Quotes

Harry Frommermann: [while being in New York] Why don't we stay here?
Roman Cycowski: Yes, why not?
Erich A. Collin: Our contacts, our bank accounts, our wifes.
Roman Cycowski: Interesting order, Erich.
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

In einem kühlen Grunde
Lyrics by Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff and music by Friedrich Glück
Performed by Comedian Harmonists
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politics and music don't mix
27 December 2003 | by (Honolulu) – See all my reviews

Excellent example of how politics should stay out of art (e.g. Shostakovich in Stalin's time and blacklisting of artists in US in McCarthy era). This movie draws the viewer in - what will happen to the members of the group? Will they survive Hitler's Germany? Realistic portrayals of both squabbling and camaraderie that exists inside creative groups. Well-photographed in proper time period fashions and decor, music pleasing to the ear. A real treat!


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