If you look beyond the communist propaganda messages of this movie, you will find it quite enjoyable. It tells the story of a steel worker from the ruhr valley starting in the 30's. It takes you from violent confrontations fueled by ideologies, that the germans where exposed to, through the nazi times, ww2, and ending up in the "peacefull" gdr. A peace of workers history, expertly told with suspense, deft humor and wit. Also a story of struggle and survival, done with gritty realism. A must see for all interested in dramatised workers history movies. I give it a 8/10 vote. Hopefully I will be able to enjoy this movie again, someone should release this gem of history on DVD.I would definately purchase it.
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