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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

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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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Eine Legende kehrt zurück. 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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Opening Weekend:

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

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

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

Harry Frommermann: [to Robert Biberti after a successful concert, where Harry made the audience laugh] Am I a donkey, cause I'm your friend or am I your friend because I'm a donkey?
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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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References Pandora's Box (1929) See more »

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Bekinor, Benevel...Zamru Lo
Written by Ora Bat Chaim
Performed by Giora Feidman
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Childhood memories of radio and politics
29 June 2003 | by (Gillett PA USA) – See all my reviews

Throughout the 30s and 40s, everyone in Germany loved the Comedian Harmonists when they came over the radio, although it must have been the follow-up group rather than the original one. It is interesting and moving to see that original group and hear their songs again; and it illuminates once more the idiocy of the Nazis to silence and drive away such worthwhile people who felt as, and wanted to be, good Germans.

However, their confrontation with the Storm Troopers as shown in the movie, and presumably taking place in 1933, is an unfortunate exaggeration, because window smashing and physical abuse did not occur that early during the Nazi regime. Also, railway stations were not adorned with giant swastika flags - they would have turned black quickly from the soot of the steam engines. There was no need by the producers to deviate on these points from the historical accuracy - a deviation that throws a somewhat questionable light on the rest of the story.

Yet these producers did manage to find five men who sing beautifully, with the same perfection and tonal range of the Comedian Harmonists, which makes this film eminently enjoyable after all.


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