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Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

R | | Drama, Romance | 14 May 2004 (USA)
In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Simon ...
Christine Schorn ...
Jürgen Holtz ...
Herr Ganske
Jochen Stern ...
Herr Mehlert
Stefan Walz ...
Sigmund Jähn
Eberhard Kirchberg ...
Hans-Uwe Bauer ...
Dr. Mewes
Nico Ledermueller ...
Alex - 11 Jahre (as Nico Ledermüller)


East Germany, the year 1989: A young man protests against the regime. His mother watches the police arresting him and suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma. Some months later, the GDR does not exist anymore and the mother awakes. Since she has to avoid every excitement, the son tries to set up the GDR again for her in their flat. But the world has changed a lot. Written by Benjamin Stello

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 May 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Good Bye Lenin!  »

Box Office


€4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,450,171 (Germany) (14 February 2003)


$4,063,859 (USA) (30 July 2004)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


(archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


CGI was used extensively to "de-Westernize" Berlin. Even though it's mostly shot in the former East Berlin and much of the film takes place after the fall of the wall, it's been Westernized since at a furious rate. Many ads for Western products had to be removed, and many colors had to be lightened or grayed significantly. See more »


A bottle of red Blanchet brand wine is shown, but when the wall came down, there was only Blanchet white wine. See more »


Alexander Kerner: On the evening of October 7, 1989 several hundred people got together for some evening exercise and marched for the right to go for walks without the Berlin Wall getting in their way.
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Crazy Credits

Renowned German actor Jürgen Vogel plays the chicken in the supermarket and is credited as "Das Küken" ("young chicken"). See more »


Featured in Auge in Auge - Eine deutsche Filmgeschichte (2008) See more »


Comptine d'un autre Été : L'après-midi
by Yann Tiersen
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Funny, Sad, Intelligent ....
15 October 2004 | by (Hell's Kitchen, NYC) – See all my reviews

This story has it all : family tragedy, growth (from child to adult and even growth as an adult), dealing with political and social change, and romance. I think the story gives one a good idea of just how much change occurred when the Iron Curtain fell over Eastern Europe and the difficulties and opportunities it brought. The story revolves around Alex, his sister and their mother. Their mother has a heart attack and then goes into a coma. During her coma, communism fell and then she wakes up. Advised by her doctor that she cannot take any form of excitement, Alex goes about creating the illusion that communism is alive and well. This often takes a comical twist on the differences between the communist east and capitalist west. There is also the subtle hint of discrimination by both sides against the other. In the end the story is about family and loved ones and what we are willing to do to make those around us happy. Go out and rent this movie.

-Celluloid Rehab

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