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As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)

So weit die Füße tragen (original title)
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At the end of WW2, a German POW doing hard labor in the Soviet Gulag escapes from his Siberian camp to return to Germany but he's pursued by a Soviet NKVD officer.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernhard Bettermann ...
Iris Böhm ...
Kathrin Forell
Anatoliy Kotenyov ...
Oberleutnant Kamenev (as Anatoly Kotenyov)
Michael Mendl ...
Dr. Stauffer
Hans-Uwe Bauer ...
Leibrecht (as Hans Uwe Bauer)
Johannes Hitzblech ...
Stephan Wolf-Schönburg ...
Irina Narbekova ...
Dr. Pachmutova
Pavel Lebeshev ...
Vladimir Korpus ...
Semjon (as Wladimir Korpus)
Igor Filchenkov ...
Anastas (as Igor Filtschenkov)
Tschmid Rintshinov ...


As prisoner of war Clemens Forell, a German soldier during WW II, is sentenced to a labor camp in far east Siberia. After four years working in the mines he escapes from the camp (in 1949) and tries to get home to his wife and children. For three years he journeys through Siberia. An odyssey of 14,000 kilometers, set against a backdrop of desolate and inhospitable landscape, beset by danger (from both animals and humans). Constantly battling the worst nature can throw at him, Forell makes his way, step by step towards Prussia and the longed-for freedom. Sometimes riding on trains, sometimes by boat, mostly on foot, he never knows if his next step won't be his last. His prosecutor Kamenev is always right behind him, and more than once it seems that Forell is captured again... Written by Pooh Frames

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Based on a true story and best selling novel.


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27 December 2001 (Germany)  »

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Did You Know?


Bernhard Bettermann's grandfathers both were sent to Soviet POW camps at the end of World War Two. See more »


(At 1:19:00) There is a picture of Mikhail Kalinin (Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet) in the inspector's office. It is presented as a portrait of someone who was then in office, but Kalinin had died 5 years earlier in 1946. See more »


Remake of As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (1959) See more »

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Great adventure
25 January 2002 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

This film is a good example of how new German cinema could be like. Though shot with a minimum of budget, the authentic atmosphere and the great landscapes, altogether with Bernhard Bettermann's very convincing acting made me enjoy this powerful adventure. The great score by Edward Artemyev, comparable to those great works of Maurice Jarre, added to the suspenseful and emotionally touching attitude. The often laconic dialogue and the very "American" (too emotional for many Germans - Americans will like it!) ending did not damage the pleasing overall impression I had watching it. In addition, "So weit die Füsse tragen" (As far as my feet will carry me) comes up with a topic that is - at least in Germany - seldomly discussed: German POW in Russian gulags after WW2. This is not a war movie! It's a single man's breathtaking adventure, returning to his family at all costs. Clemens Forell's three year walk through Siberia is a true story, which makes the film even more touching.

A strong 8 out of 10, because of the effort the filmmakers put into it.

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