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7 October 1999 (Germany) See more »
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A group of kids grow up on the short, wrong (east) side of the Sonnenallee in Berlin, right next to... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Delightfully humorous but realistic film about life in the former East-Germany. See more (16 total) »


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Alexander Scheer ... Michael 'Micha' Ehrenreich

Alexander Beyer ... Mario

Robert Stadlober ... Wuschel
Teresa Weißbach ... Miriam Sommer
Detlev Buck ... ABV
Katharina Thalbach ... Mutter Ehrenreich
Henry Hübchen ... Vater Ehrenreich
Ignaz Kirchner ... Onkel Heinz
Annika Kuhl ... Sabine Ehrenreich
Elena Meißner ... Sabrina
Horst Lebinsky ... Grenzer
Martin Moeller ... Kosscke

Patrick Güldenberg ... Appel
David Müller ... Brötchen

Margit Carstensen ... Direktorin
Minh-Khai Phan-Thi ... Gast aus Vietnam (as Minh Khai Phan-Thi)
Sabine Orléans ... Pionierleiterin (as Sabine Orleans)
Steffi Kühnert ... FDJ Funktionärin
Uwe Dag Berlin ... Schallplattendealer

Waldemar Kobus ... Samson
Torsten Ranft ... Olaf (aus / from Dresden)
Steffen Scheumann ... Udo (aus / from Dresden) (as Steffen Schult)
Christine Harbort ... Gemüsefrau Raschke
Ezard Haußmann ... Mann bei Direktorin
Claudia Fritzsche ... Moppel
Susanne Kaps ... Girl at Party
Benno Frevert ... Bruder von Miriam
Hans-Uwe Bauer ... Nachbar Herr Fromm
Winfried Glatzeder ... Paul / Neighbour of Miriam

Matthias Matschke ... Sabines Georg
Michael Maertens ... Sabines Ralf Roland

Andreas Pietschmann ... Scheich von Berlin
Us Conradi ... Bürgerin der BRD
Erdmann von Garnier
Susann-Maria Hempel ... Weibliche Petze Franziska (as Susann Maria Hempel)
Michael Klobe ... Grenzer (Zoll)
Alexander von Maravic
Samir Osman ... Sabines Geistlicher Uwe
Robert Alan Packard ... Indianer
Paul Faßnacht ... Grenzsoldat
Jonathan Meese
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Samuel Maxim Benke ... Kind (uncredited)
Christian Blietz ... Grenzgänger (uncredited)
Rudi Carrell ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leander Haußmann ... Betrunkener (uncredited)

Traute Hoess ... Miriams Mutter (uncredited)
Lena Lauzemis ... Girl at Party (uncredited)
Johanna Penski ... Miriams Nachbarin (uncredited)

Directed by
Leander Haußmann 
Writing credits
Thomas Brussig (screenplay) &
Leander Haußmann (screenplay)

Detlev Buck (collaborator on screenplay) &
Heike Sperling (collaborator on screenplay)

Thomas Brussig (novel "Am kuerzeren Ende der Sonnenallee")

Produced by
Claus Boje .... producer
Detlev Buck .... producer
Martin Ganz .... co-producer
Doris Kirch .... co-producer
Katrin Schlösser .... co-producer
Robert Stiemerling .... co-producer
Original Music by
Stephen Keusch 
Paul Lemp 
Cinematography by
Peter Krause  (as Peter-Joachim Krause)
Film Editing by
Marcel Peragine (co-editor)
Sandy Saffeels 
Casting by
Jacqueline Rietz 
Production Design by
Lothar Holler 
Costume Design by
Bert Neumann 
Makeup Department
Heike Merker .... makeup designer
Sabine Schumann .... makeup artist
Production Management
Anne Leppin .... production manager
Martin Rohrbeck .... production supervisor
Sonja Schmitt .... production supervisor
Yan Schoenefeld .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Suse Marquardt .... second assistant director
Art Department
Karin Bierbaum .... assistant art director
Dierk Grahlow .... construction manager: backlot
Robert Krüger .... scenic artist
Jonathan Meese .... installation designer: Sabrina's Room
Tobias Schroeter .... plasterer
Torsten Schwartz .... lead plasterer
Sergej Simonenko .... head of accounting: art department studio babelsberg
Berndt Wenzel .... lead plasterer
Sound Department
Manfred Arbter .... sound mixer
Anja Bause .... foley recordist
Noemi Hampel .... foley editor
Frank Kruse .... sound effects editor
Frank Kruse .... sound mixer
Peter Roigk .... foley artist (as Peter Roik)
Joern Steinhoff .... cable person
Martin Steyer .... sound re-recording mixer
Bernd von Bassewitz .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Brynley Cadman .... visual effects supervisor
Erich Eder .... digital compositor
Udo Harnach .... stunt performer
Armin Sauer .... stunt coordinator
Rene Schobes .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Freuer .... rigging grip
Wolfgang Jahnke .... still photographer
Sebastian Meuschel .... Steadicam operator
Mic Mueller .... key grip (as Michael Müller)
Bjoern Susen .... best boy electric
Elmar Suska .... electrician
Jörg Widmer .... Steadicam operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Najad Kirchberger .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Marcel Peragine .... additional editing
Other crew
Marcel Ahrens .... set production assistant
Annette Drees .... script supervisor
Michael Foertsch .... caterer
Bernhard Janitzki .... production assistant
Nicola Kruse .... production secretary
Wolfgang W. Werner .... production press
Peter Kirchberger .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Sonnenallee" - Germany (original title)
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101 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Director Leander Haußmann claims that the film is not based upon Thomas Brussig' novel. According to Haußmann, he, Brussig and Detlev Buck had written the screenplay together, and Brussig had written his novel afterwords.See more »
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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Delightfully humorous but realistic film about life in the former East-Germany., 3 February 2001
Author: MayhapsItWasGoodBackThen from ImpossibleToPleaseThirtySumthings

I had absolutely no idea of what this film was about (other than that it was supposed to be a comedy of some sort) and therefore had hardly any grand expectations of it. A German movie? Right... well why not give it a try anyways... and what do you know, this film turned out to be an excellent one!

Fresh, funny and tragic, full of lively acting (Thanks to great actors albeit rather unknown to bigger audience I presume), clever script and witty and eloquent dialogue. A sort of coming-of-age story in a disturbing setting which is not exactly the world of opportunities to say the least. Craving for something so bad it's about the only thing you live for (be that a new rock album, a girl you've fallen in love with or something else), rise of counter-culture idealism, loss of innocence, making important choices for the first time in your life (and having sex with more partners than with just yourself, heh).

Altho an average American might think this story must have been a vastly exaggerated, it's not (I'm not of German origin either so I don't have a strong personal feel on the topics this picture deals with but I've read my share of history books so I dare to say I have the basic facts right in which to back myself up). Strip down the humorous elements and I bet you get what life pretty much was back then in the East-Germany. Strong censorship, limited freedom of speech (banned topics, one-party politics), one of the closest guarded boarder lines in the history of mankind with extremely thorough customs procedures etc etc.

It now seems more than unbelievable that there once was a huge wall (and mind you people just 12 years back in history!) which divided a whole city in the middle thus separating an entire nation in two: to the rich west and the poor east. People in the East-Germany forced to live under the forever observing eyes of the Big Brother in the communists' utopia while the better-off people of the West-Germany lived the capitalists' dream...

But still entire families were simultaneously torn apart, former friends and neighbors now living on the other side were seen as traitors and enemies of the state by both sides. The threat was always coming from "the other side" depending on which side you were living in! West-Germans looking down and pitying on their Eastern neighbor while East-Germans envy the western lifestyle but want to hold onto their pride. Common shared past is something you just can't wipe out altogether. Ridiculous times but unfortunately true nevertheless.

I felt that this movie dealt with important issues and things which we should never forget. We all know it's easier to cope with difficult situations if you can filter them through humor and see something good and redeeming in most things rather than always seeing the worst in everything.

Don't get me wrong this isn't a serious movies or hard one to watch per se (except for the ending)- it's great fun but if so desired a great opportunity to start a discussion. There were many outrageously funny scenes and on more than one occasion I burst out laughing out loud!

I strongly recommend seeing this movie. Saved my day at least!

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