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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
Meret Becker ...
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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DEM 3,989,063 (Germany) (26 December 1997)

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

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 »

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On the USS Saratoga, some naval officers shown are wearing Vietnam service medals. 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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After the movie, before the end credits, a photo of the real Comedian Harmonists is shown. See more »

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Tango Comedie
Composed and arranged by Winfried Grabe
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A beautiful film from Vilsmaier - one of the best modern German pictures.
8 October 2002 | by (Sydney, Australia.) – See all my reviews

One of the finest German films I've had the pleasure of seeing, 'Comedian Harmonists' tells the true story of a sextet of male singers who form a very famous group in Berlin when Hitler's Socialist party is just starting to get powerful. Of the six, three of them happen to be Jewish, which puts a dampener on their future when it's decreed that only Aryan entertainers will be allowed to perform in Germany. With a love triangle thrown in the mix, as well as the confusion of this almost sudden racial division, the members struggle to really come to terms with their future together. There are some chilling moments involving the hypocritical Nazis, indulging in some ironic entertainment care of the Comedian Harmonists, as well as some great musical segments. With some great performances from the entire cast - the stand outs are Ulrich Noethen as Harry Frommermann and Meret Becker as Erna - the film is a joy to watch, especially the wonderful musical sections, which at first I found to be tedious but then seemed to lift the film. Go figure. Joseph Vilsmaier, director of the excellent 'Stalingrad', has crafted a very entertaining film in this at times funny, joyous and very moving picture. (Watch for the ending - sentimental it may be, but it's very sad, IMO.) Recommended.


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