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The Tunnel (2001)
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Based on a true story a group of East Berliners escaping to the West. Harry Melchior was a champion East German swimmer at odds with the system under which he has already been imprisoned. ... See full summary »

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Harry Melchior
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Friederike 'Fritzi' Scholz
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Matthis Hiller
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Charlotte 'Lotte' Lohmann
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Carola Langensiep
Felix Eitner ...
Fred von Klausnitz
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Vittorio 'Vic' Castanza
Heinrich Schmieder ...
Theo Lohmann
Uwe Kockisch ...
Oberst Krüger
Karin Baal ...
Marianne von Krausnitz
Dorothea Moritz ...
Hermine
Wolf-Dietrich Sprenger ...
Fotograf Grüner
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Heiner
Sarah Kubel ...
Ina Lohmann
Ruth Glöss ...
Mutter Fritzi
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Based on a true story a group of East Berliners escaping to the West. Harry Melchior was a champion East German swimmer at odds with the system under which he has already been imprisoned. On his own escape, he is determined the arrange the escape to the West of his sister and her family. The idea of the tunnel is born, but the project does not run smoothly. The participants struggle not only with the massive logistics of their task, but betrayal from friends in the East. And always the East German police are close to discovering the plot. Written by johnno <johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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Berlin. 1961. The true story of a flight to freedom.


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21 January 2001 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Az alagút  »

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Budget:

$7,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,127 (USA) (29 April 2005)

Gross:

$10,890 (USA) (10 June 2005)
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Roland Suso Richter is back !
24 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

The impressive work of director Roland Suso Richter gives satisfaction to those, who expect more from a TV-movie. It could also be shown on cinema. That would have been the better way. The director's hit can be seen in the tradition of "14 days lifelong"(14 Tage lebenslaenglich).

Here historic action of the real escape through the highly dangerous Berlin-frontier is interestingly presented. The fabulous camera gives an expression of the death on one side of the Berlin wall and the sadness on the other side. Those scenes are unforgettable, really.

Actor Heino Ferch cannot be followed by the other actors, their acts are one class below. Nevertheless a 'must-see'.


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