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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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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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Box Office

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

When the Comedian harmonists hold their concert aboard the USS Saratoga, a parade of ships is seen, with the leading ship being an AEGIS class cruiser. 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 Pandora's Box (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

Auf Wiederseh'n, my Dear
Lyrics Charles Amberg and music by Al Goodhart, Al Hoffman, Edward G. Nelson and Milton Ager
Performed by Comedian Harmonists
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13 July 1999 | by (Austintown, Ohio) – See all my reviews

The film, Comedian Harmonists, give us a different and evolving look at the effects of the racist policies of national socialism. It showed, better than I've seen, the slow, subtle changes in behavior and attitudes of both the oppressor and the oppressed --- the denial, then realization, that this could and is happening. This evolution made even more believable because this a true story about six very talented people, three of which who are Jewish, who form a musical group in 1927 in Berlin. As national socialism cements its hold on Germany, external pressure is brought on the group for containing Jewish members resulting in internal pressures within the group. The interpersonal relationships made for a compelling story. Add to this a great love story, good acting, fantastic musical score, and interesting people you come to care for, and you have a great movie. Since the film "finishes" in 1934, I particularly enjoyed the follow up at the end telling what happened to each of them. For a fascinating look at anecdotal history, I highly recommend that you see this film. Three and a half stars!!!


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