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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
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Fred von Klausnitz
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Vittorio 'Vic' Castanza
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Theo Lohmann
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Marianne von Krausnitz
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Hermine
Wolf-Dietrich Sprenger ...
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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)  »

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$7,100,000 (estimated)

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

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$10,890 (USA) (10 June 2005)
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Breathtaking
27 October 2001 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

"Der Tunnel" is far better than anything i've seen coming out of Hollywood in years. Although steadily paced, its tention keeps building for almost three hours. Based on a true story, it shows that real life stories often provide the best scripts.

The cast was well chosen and the acting was excellent. I knew Berlin when it was still divided and the film is a spot on portrayal of the mood at the time.

All in all a gripping story guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Not to be missed. 10/10!


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