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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 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 ...
Chantal, Collin's Girlfriend
Dana Vávrová ...
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 <>

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Eine Legende kehrt zurück. See more »


Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 1997 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Harmonists  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ben Becker and Meret Becker, who play lovers here, are in real life brother and sister. Otto Sander (1941-2013), who plays Bruno Levy, was the Becker siblings' real-life stepfather. See more »


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 »


[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 »


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


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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Great Movie
11 March 2001 | by (Karlsruhe, Germany) – See all my reviews

I love this movie, it is a wonderful movie. I cried when the Comedian Harmonists had to make their last show and they sang "Auf Wiedersehen, my dear". A fantastic movie with many beautiful songs, "Mein kleiner grüner Kaktus" or "Irgendwo auf der Welt", just to mention two. See this movie!!!!

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