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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 ...
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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)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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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 »


In the montage when they arrive in New York, a modern launch is clearly visible in front of the Statue of Liberty. See more »


Robert Biberti: What are you talking about? America! This is the world capital of the entertainment. That's the hardest competition. They were just waiting for us. We don't even speak english. Entertainment industry? This is the jungle here. We would be lost. You are crazy. No way.
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Crazy Credits

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


References The Blue Angel (1930) See more »


Ein neuer Frühling wird in die Heimat kommen
Performed by Comedian Harmonists
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More than just a film about a group of singers
19 October 1999 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Taken at face value, one would think that a film about a singing group called the "Comedian Harmonists" in the Berlin of the nineteen twenties, would be dull indeed. Not so.At two and a half hours, not once did my attention wander.The director, Joseph Vilsmaier, does such a magnificent job of telling the story of this very popular, German singing group, that I would have liked to have been there to hear them in person.The hedonism of Berlin in the twenties. The rise of the 'Brown Shirts', the vilification of the Jews, Vilsmaier captures it perfectly, without stooping to mawkish sentiment.Of course, this film is more than just a film about a very popular singing group. It's also about the evils of national-socialism, allowing men like Streicher (one of Hitler's most vicious jew-baiters - even the top Nazis didn't like the man), to grow and flourish. The look of the period is excellent. Each character is deftly drawn, while still not losing sight that primarily,it was a group. There's a wonderful scene towards the end where the 'Harmonists' sing in front of thousands of sailors. Tremendously stirring! One quibble: the Algonquin Hotel in New York, where the Harmonists stay, was not, as far as I know, located down near the Brooklyn Bridge.But that shouldn't detract anybody from going to see this wonderful film.

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