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The Harmonists -- This is the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, the legendary German singing group that was forced to disband in 1934 as the Nazis came to power because some of their members were Jewish.

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Release Date:
25 December 1997 (Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
Eine Legende kehrt zurück. See more »
Plot:
Comedian Harmonists tells the story of a famous, German male sextet, five vocals and piano, the "Comedian Harmonists"... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
13 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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(3 articles)
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A beautiful film from Vilsmaier - one of the best modern German pictures. See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Ben Becker ... Robert Biberti

Heino Ferch ... Roman Cycowski

Ulrich Noethen ... Harry Frommermann
Heinrich Schafmeister ... Erich A. Collin
Max Tidof ... Ari Leschnikoff
Kai Wiesinger ... Erwin Bootz
Meret Becker ... Erna Eggstein

Katja Riemann ... Mary Cycowski
Noemi Fischer ... Chantal, Collin's Girlfriend
Dana Vávrová ... Ursula Bootz

Otto Sander ... Bruno Levy
Michaela Rosen ... Ramona, the Madame
Günter Lamprecht ... Eric Charell
Gérard Semaan ... Roman's Father
Rolf Hoppe ... Gauleiter Streicher
Jürgen Schornagel ... Reich Music Director
Rudolf Wessely ... Herr Grunbaum
Susi Nicoletti ... Frau Grunbaum
Trude Ackermann ... Bob's Mother
Giora Feidman ... Solo Clarinet
Jochen Nickel ... Hehler
Kathi Lindner ... Garderobiere
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Babsy Artner ... Robert Biberti's Girlfriend
Thommi Baake
Anna Kathrin Bleuler ... Lola

Tina Bordihn ... Leila
Martin Brambach
Matthew Casazza ... Trumpet Player, Band on Aircraft Carrier
Michael Cesarano ... Sailor
Lance Girard ... Polizist 2

Axel Harney ... Sailor
Bettina Hirschberg ... Frau
Susanne Hoss ... Rosa
Jürgen Lill
Lukas Miko ... Hans
Veronika Neugebauer ... Yvonne

Klaus Nierhoff ... Polizist

Johannes Silberschneider ... Inspizient
Mitchell Tolentino ... Sailor
Liv Tullia ... Girl 1
Jim Pasquarella ... Sailor-U.S.S. Saratoga (uncredited)
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Directed by
Joseph Vilsmaier 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jürgen Büscher  story
Jürgen Egger  uncredited
Klaus Richter 

Produced by
Hanno Huth .... producer: Senator Film Produktion
Reinhard Klooss .... producer: Bavaria Film
Danny Krausz .... producer: DOR-Film
Ute Kuntze-Just .... producer: Televersal (as Ute Kuntze Just Lussmann)
Herbert Schmidt .... producer: Iduna Film
Jirka Sirotek .... executive producer
Peter Sterr .... executive producer
Joseph Vilsmaier .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Harald Kloser 
Thomas Schobel (original music by)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Vilsmaier 
 
Film Editing by
Peter R. Adam 
 
Casting by
Barbara Vögel 
 
Production Design by
Jindrich Götz  (as Jindrich Goetz)
Rolf Zehetbauer 
 
Art Direction by
Cornelia Ott 
 
Set Decoration by
Bernhard Henrich 
 
Costume Design by
Lubos Hanyk 
Ute Hofinger 
 
Makeup Department
Helga Klein .... makeup artist
Zdenek Klika .... makeup artist: Czech
Heiner Niehues .... makeup artist
Ruth Philipp .... makeup artist
Georgie Schmid-Schmidsfelden .... makeup artist
Alena Sedova .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Manfred Fritsch .... production manager
Andrea Gabler .... unit manager
Ludvík Maly .... assistant unit manager
Monika Maruschko .... production manager
Pavel Nový .... production manager
Adam Park .... post-production supervisor
Andreas Payer .... second unit manager
Michael Sauerteig .... first unit manager
Petr Vasicek .... assistant unit manager
Stephanie Wagner .... unit manager
Ulrike Weiss .... assistant unit manager
Ralf Zimmermann .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sven Blum .... assistant director
Jeanette Rosenmaier .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Martin Baar .... construction
Bedrich Cermák .... props
Gerhard Deimel .... construction (as Gerhard Daimel)
Gerhard Dohr .... construction
Thomas Fuchs .... assistant set decorator
Harald Hajmböck .... construction (as Harald Heimböck)
Susanne Hein .... outdoor props
Rudolf Hobsig .... construction manager
Thomas Hörhan .... construction (as Thomas Hörhahn)
Stephan Krausz .... assistant props
Ana Meckel .... assistant inside props
Zoran Mitic .... construction
Fritz Müller .... assistant props
Sophie Müller .... assistant props
Udo Neges .... construction
Adolf Nurschinger .... outdoor props
Peter Obermeier .... construction (as Peter Obermaier)
Jürgen Paptistella .... indoor props
Ferdinand Prinz .... construction manager
Josef Riehs .... construction
Christian Schaefer .... assistant set decorator (as Christian Schäfer)
Peter Schuler .... construction
Johann Schäfer .... construction
Friedrich Thaler .... painter
 
Sound Department
Stefan Busch .... supervising sound editor
Tim J. Carroll .... consultant: Dolby Digital
Heinz Ebner .... sound
Stephan Fandrych .... dubbing mixer
Joo Fürst .... foley artist
Lisa Geffcken-Reinhard .... adr editor (as Lisa Geffcken)
Hans Hohenwarter .... technical sound supervisor
Michael Kranz .... sound re-recording mixer
Dietmar Krenn .... assistant sound
Robert Osterberger .... assistant sound
Jan Piepenstock .... sound engineer
Jörn Poetzl .... foley artist (as Joern Poetzl)
Nina Roll .... dubbing recording manager
Günther Schönbein .... assistant sound (as Guenther Schoenbein)
Hanna Vilsmaier .... dubbing director
Martin Wolf .... assistant sound
Dan Edelstein .... supervising sound editor: US release (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Nastuh Abootalebi .... digital artist
Manfred Büttner .... visual effects production manager
Christine Detering .... digital effects
Martin Kett .... digital matte painting
Guido Lück .... digital animator
George Maihöfer .... visual effects supervisor
Doug Philip .... digital animator
Andreas Schellenberg .... scanning
Thomas Tannenberger .... visual effects supervisor
Dominik Trimborn .... digital artist: das werk
Frank Wegerhoff .... digital animator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Petro Domenigg .... still photographer
Tibor Gal .... lighting technician
Armin Golisano .... clapper loader
Kurt Kopecky .... lighting technician
Anton Mayer .... first assistant camera
Willi Neuner .... camera crane
Eddy Saller .... gaffer (as Edi Saller)
Ludwig Sauermann .... grip
Jörg Widmer .... Steadicam operator
 
Casting Department
Julia Becker .... extras casting
Kathrin Hoffmann .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melissa Desrosiers .... wardrobe assistant
Natalie Grögler .... wardrobe assistant
Marie Heitzinger .... assistant costume designer
Marie Heitzinger .... costume assistant
Katharina Henrichs .... assistant costume designer
Jürgen Katzengruber .... wardrobe
Lulu Landgraeber-Goroll .... wardrobe assistant
Jarmilla Lostaková .... costume assistant
Beate Morbach .... costume assistant
Jitka Novotna .... costume assistant
Petr Pluhar .... costume assistant
Marketa Prochazkova .... costume assistant
Patricia Schömitz .... wardrobe (as Patrizia Schömitz)
Udo Seltner .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Stephanie Achleitner .... editor trainee
Katja Birklein .... assistant editor
Marco Pav D'Auria .... assistant editor
Andrea Dvorak .... assistant editor
Hannelore Wernhart .... color timer (as Hannelore Wernhardt)
 
Music Department
William Boston .... orchestrator
Karin Gatzke .... music consultant
Karin Gatzke .... music coordinator
Winfried Grabe .... music support
Benoit Grey .... orchestra contractor
Rolf Moser .... music coordinator (as Dr. Rolf Moser)
Jan Piepenstock .... recording engineer: piano music
Jan Piepenstock .... recording engineer: vocals
Armin Steiner .... music mixer
Bernd Strasser .... music coordinator
Thomas Teske .... music support
Dana Vávrová .... music pre-production
Thomas Wanker .... orchestrator
Jim Pasquarella .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ludwig Adler .... production driver
Susanne Auth .... production driver
Christian Florin .... production driver
Marco Haaf .... production driver
Andreas Kahri .... production driver
Alexander Kiening .... production driver
Sandro Kumric .... production driver
 
Other crew
Jeremy Amar .... production support
Ergün Cevik .... documentation
Peter Czada .... consultant (as Prof. Dr. Peter Czada)
Dina Eichhorn .... production secretary
Peter Engelmann .... additional script editor
Katrin Fuchs .... production assistant
Michael Hohm .... production trainee
Alfred Holighaus .... additional script editor
Susanne Kolar .... production accountant (as Susanna Kolar)
Ulrike Ladenbauer .... press liaison
Ulrich Limmer .... additional script editor
Norbert Maass .... sales manager: Bavaria Film International
Peter Maria Norrenberg .... legal adviser
Leona O'Neill .... production assistant
Gabie Reiter .... production accountant
Ward Ricke .... production team: New York City
Jonathan Roumie .... production assistant
Eric Sagl .... script continuity
Michael Schweuneke .... animal handler (as Michael Schweunecke)
Birgit Seidel .... production secretary
Enrico Squeri .... military advisor (as Rick Squeri)
Pavel Stránský .... interpreter
Gabi Traindl .... production assistant
Regina Weber .... choreographer
Wolfgang W. Werner .... press liaison
Thomas Wiesner .... production assistant
Karl Lang .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Comedian Harmonists" - Germany (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some nudity
Runtime:
Germany:126 min | USA:115 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-8 | France:U | Germany:6 (bw) | Singapore:NC-16 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
With very few exceptions, all vocal performances heard during the movie were original recordings of the 1930's group. The old material was de-noised and digitally enhanced.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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:
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?See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Blue Angel (1930)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bekinor, Benevel...Zamru LoSee more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful film from Vilsmaier - one of the best modern German pictures., 8 October 2002
Author: Josh H (Quirky-) from Sydney, Australia.

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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