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The Harmonists (1997)
"Comedian Harmonists" (original title)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  25 December 1997 (Germany)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Meret Becker ...
Erna Eggstein
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Mary Cycowski
Noemi Fischer ...
Chantal, Collin's Girlfriend
Dana Vávrová ...
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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity | See all certifications »

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25 December 1997 (Germany)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$25,141 (USA) (12 March 1999)

Gross:

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

With very few exceptions, all vocal performances heard during the movie were original recordings of the 1930's group. The old material was de-noised and digitally enhanced. See more »

Goofs

During the performance on the USS Saratoga, black sailors are shown on the vessel mixed with white sailors. The navy did not integrate until 1949. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

References The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) See more »

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Dinah
Written by Harry Akst
Performed by The Revelers (as The Revellers)
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Rate an 11 ! One of the best of the 90ies.
24 July 2000 | by (Marburg) – See all my reviews

This beautiful set movie shows the interesting and problematic situation of (musical) artists in Germany and later on of most European states between the world wars. Best actors (Heino Ferch, Ben Becker, Kai Wiesinger and premiere of Ulrich Noethen) guarantee fun between the songs. The actresses (Katja Riemann, Meret Becker (sister of Ben, here lover) and Dana Vavrova (director's wife)) could show more of their capabilitis if the movie would have been longer. The True history makes it very interesting and the director Joseph Vilsmaier is on same level as the other germans: W. Petersen and R. Emmerich.

The music cannot be better: It is the original (technically repaired).


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