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Director:
Writers:
Bernd Lichtenberg (written by)
Wolfgang Becker (co-author)
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Release Date:
13 February 2003 (Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Die DDR lebt weiter -- auf 79 qm! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 32 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
clever and amusing comedy See more (223 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Daniel Brühl ... Alex

Katrin Saß ... Mutter

Chulpan Khamatova ... Lara
Maria Simon ... Ariane

Florian Lukas ... Denis

Alexander Beyer ... Rainer

Burghart Klaußner ... Alex' Vater
Michael Gwisdek ... Klapprath
Christine Schorn ... Frau Schäfer
Jürgen Holtz ... Herr Ganske
Jochen Stern ... Herr Mehlert
Stefan Walz ... Sigmund Jähn
Eberhard Kirchberg ... Dr. Wagner
Hans-Uwe Bauer ... Dr. Mewes
Nico Ledermueller ... Alex - 11 Jahre (as Nico Ledermüller)
Jelena Kratz ... Ariane - 13 Jahre
Laureen Hatscher ... Baby Paula - 1 Jahr
Felicitas Hatscher ... Baby Paula - 1 Jahr
Martin Brambach ... Stasi 1
Michael Gerber ... Stasi 2
Robert Störr ... Funktionär Ordensverleihung
Philipp Kupfer ... Baby Paula - 3 Monate
Ernst-Georg Schwill ... Taxifahrer
Rainer Werner ... Stasi in Jeansjacke
Marc Bischoff ... Junger Stationsarzt
Horst-Dieter Stork ... Grenzer 1
Hartmut Kuley ... NVA-Offizier
Peter Kurth ... 'X-TV' Chef
Ditmar Bieseke ... Grenzer 2

Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey ... Fahrer Krankenwagen
Dirk Prinz ... Beifahrer

Jürgen Vogel ... Das Küken
Elke Werner ... Verkäuferin HO-Markt
Regina Ziebach ... Gurkenfrau
Wolfgang Stein ... Gurkenmann

Mennan Yapo ... Flohmarktverkäufer
Maximilian Brunow ... Pionier Sascha
Bojan Heyn ... Pionier Niko
Fritz Roth ... Pförtner Coca-Cola

Armin Dillenberger ... Bankangestellter
Denys Darahan ... Pionier Christian
Bastian Lang ... Pionier Frank
Lothar Schlichthar ... Dicker Mann am Pool
Alexander Reed ... Wuppertaler
Ute Michel ... Frauenärztin (as Dr. Ute Michel)
Svea Timander ... Vaters neue Frau

Hanna Schwamborn ... Carla
Rafael Hübner ... Thomas
Michael Berge ... Partyredner
Rey Agana
Marcel Bellin
Aandrea Bork
Angelo Bossert
Christiane Brauer
Igor-Immanuel Bruckhaus
Mimmo Catania
Toni Filler
Meike Frerichs
Marc Geiselhart
Charline Gülle
Leonore Haberkorn
Bjoern Heinrich
Torsten Heyroth
Jasmin Hoffmann
Clemens Holzendorff
Susann Hotze
Wasin Jung
André Kindzorra
Dieter Kraft
Jörn Itzeck
Simone Kruse
Kai-Quin Liang
Fred Luck
Karoline Metzig
Utz Neumann
Christoph Olonczik
Marakorn Praphawat
Pham Quang (as Quang Pham)
Sebastian Raehse
Michelle Reed
Jacqueline Schachmann
Angelika Schmegg
Wolfgang Schreiber
Florian Seiffge
Michael Stübing
Christian Trautsch
Adrian Wolff
Andreas Thieck ... SFB-Nachrichtensprecher (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Klaus Augenthaler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Willy Brandt ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Guido Buchwald ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lothar de Maizière ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Michael Gempart ... Grenzer (uncredited)
Hans-Dietrich Genscher ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Mikhail Gorbachev ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Raisa Gorbachev ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Erich Honecker ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sigmund Jähn ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hannelore Kohl ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Helmut Kohl ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Egon Krenz ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Oskar Lafontaine ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lothar Matthäus ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Erich Mielke ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Walter Momper ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Monika Reineck ... Demonstrantin 1. Reihe bei Straßenschlacht mit Stasi-Leuten (uncredited)
Karl-Heinz Riedle ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eduard Shevardnadze ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sarah Tkotsch ... Mitglied des Pionierchors (uncredited)
Angelika Unterlauf ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rudi Völler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Chris Waddle ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ulrich Wohlleben ... Partygast (uncredited)

Directed by
Wolfgang Becker 
 
Writing credits
Bernd Lichtenberg (written by)

Wolfgang Becker (co-author)

Achim von Borries (collaborator on screenplay) &
Hendrik Handloegten (collaborator on screenplay) &
Christoph Silber (collaborator on screenplay)

Produced by
Stefan Arndt .... producer
Katja De Bock .... producer: WDR
Marcos Kantis .... line producer
Paul Müller .... line producer
Andreas Schreitmüller .... producer: arte
Manuela Stehr .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Yann Tiersen 
 
Cinematography by
Martin Kukula 
 
Film Editing by
Peter R. Adam 
 
Casting by
Simone Bär (casting)
 
Production Design by
Lothar Holler 
 
Art Direction by
Matthias Klemme 
 
Costume Design by
Aenne Plaumann 
 
Makeup Department
Birger Laube .... makeup artist: "Sigmund Jähn"
Lena Lazzarotto .... makeup artist
Heike Merker .... makeup artist
Björn Rehbein .... hair stylist
Björn Rehbein .... makeup artist
Sabine Schumann .... makeup artist: second unit
Madeleine Spremberg .... additional makeup artist
 
Production Management
Milanka Comfort .... production manager
François Doge .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Susanne Boeing .... second assistant director
Sarah Gross .... first assistant director
Scott Kirby .... first assistant director: additional shooting
Marcus Welsch .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Ulrich Christian .... property master
Andrea Eisensee .... set dresser
Holger Isenberg .... construction manager
Claudia Kiefer .... props: second unit
Christian Schaefer .... set designer
Kay Scziegel .... props (as Kay-Uwe Scziegel)
Timo Scziegel .... art department runner
Harald Serowski .... art director: reshoots
Wolfgang Wrede .... painter
Marco Pressler .... construction manager (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Christoph Dudek .... sound
Lars Ginzel .... sound effects editor
Jochen Isfort .... first boom operator
Dirk Jacob .... sound designer (as Dirk W. Jacob)
Kai-Uwe Koch .... adr editor
Frank Kruse .... foley editor
Torsten Löhn .... assistant sound
Martin Müller .... sound: second unit
Michael Müller .... foley editor
Jörn Poetzl .... foley artist
Alexander Schaefer .... second boom operator
Wolfgang Schukrafft .... original sound
Philipp Sellier .... foley recordist
Kuen-Il Song .... sound effects editor
Martin Steyer .... sound mixer
Kai Tebbel .... sound editor
Christoph Ulbich .... voiceover recordist
Susy Wehrli .... sound: second unit
 
Special Effects by
Sven Asamoa .... special effects
Thorsten Thiesse .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Max Hattler .... visual effects
Manfred Kraemer .... visual effects (as Manfred Krämer)
Natalie Maximova .... visual effects (as Natala Maksimova)
Milena Nikolova .... visual effects
Moritz Peters .... visual effects
Sven Pohle .... visual effects
Matze Scharfenberg .... scanning
Andreas Schellenberg .... visual effects
Bastian Schreitling .... visual effects
Florian Schroeder .... visual effects (as Florian Schröder)
Gerhard Spring .... scanning
Dominik Trimborn .... scanning
Gunnar Wittig .... visual effects
 
Stunts
Mattias Bark .... stunts
Rainer Clemens .... stunts
Sven Decker .... stunts
Sascha Girndt .... stunts
Tom Jester .... stunts
Mario Linse .... stunts
Olaf Mahlitz .... stunts
Sascha Meissner .... stunts
Veith Oeser .... stunts
Katja Richter .... stunts (as Katja Keya Richter)
Andreas Schwarz .... stunts
Steve Thiede .... stunts
Rainer Werner .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Juan José Alcaide .... electrician (as Juan José Alcaide Perez)
Klemens Becker .... Steadicam operator
Franco Bertone .... electrician
Dieter Bähr .... grip
Carlos Dessbesell-Schüler .... clapper loader: second unit
Sonny Christian Fels .... electrician
Wolfgang Franke .... dolly grip
Matthias Ganghofer .... assistant camera
Frank Griebe .... cinematographer: additional shooting
Birgit Gudjonsdottir .... director of photography: second unit
Jan Hartmann .... assistant camera: second unit
Benjamin Hertzog .... electrician
Conny Klein .... still photographer
Ralph Kächele .... director of photography: second unit
Christoph Manz .... assistant camera
Dirk Merten .... video operator
Florian Niedermeier .... electrician
Dirk Plamböck .... still photographer: second unit
Helmut Prein .... gaffer: phase 2
Christian Scheibe .... grip
Michael Schuff .... electrician
Tommy Schulz .... gaffer
Frank Schwaiger .... assistant camera
Thorsten Schwytay .... assistant camera
Martin Sell .... electrician
Jörg Widmer .... Steadicam operator
 
Casting Department
Susanne Boeing .... casting: children
Martina Hennicke .... extras casting
Kirstin Plotz .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Antje Hentze .... additional costumer
Anne Kerstan .... wardrobe
Barbara Koeppl .... wardrobe
Petra Langer .... additional costumer
Uta Müller .... additional costumer
Heidrun Schlüter .... additional costumer
Christine Seehofer .... assistant costume designer
Frank Specht .... wardrobe: second unit
 
Editorial Department
Sam Daley .... colorist: high definition mastering
Jessica Ehlebracht .... assistant editor
Patricia Ferbeck .... negative cutter
Charly Huser .... color timer
Boris Mang .... post-production coordinator
Traudl Nicholson .... color timer
Antje Zynga .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Xaver Naudascher .... composer: additional score
Xaver Naudascher .... score mixer
Wolfgang Richter .... composer: song "Unser Sandmännchen"
Andro Steinborn .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Alexander Müller-Lenhartz .... production driver
 
Other crew
Uli Adomat .... production accountant
Regine Baschny .... unit publicist
Mathias Braun .... location scout
Christiane Collinge .... 2nd location manager
Daniele Drobny .... production designer: additional shooting
Michael Foertsch .... caterer
Ines Frederich .... first location manager
Peter Futschik .... account assistant
Marion Gerhardt .... location scout
Jan Ole Gerster .... post-production
Darius Ghanai .... title designer
Hannes Gronenberg .... trainee
Angela Grundt .... assistant location manager
Hendrik Handloegten .... co-author
Michael Konstabel .... archive researcher
Christoph Kukula .... production assistant
Felix Leitermann .... location manager
Gisela Liesenfeld .... assistant: Mr. Arndt
Franziska Linke .... production assistant
Boris Mang .... post-production
Bibbi Müller .... second location manager
Sepp Reidinger .... laboratory manager
Sybille Rohde .... production coordinator
Marco Schenke .... crowd marshall
Sandra Scheucher .... script supervisor: second unit
Christoph Silber .... script consultant
Sally Steele .... publicist
Andro Steinborn .... head of business/legal affairs
Martin Storck .... assistant accountant
Caroline Veyssière .... continuity
Caroline Veyssière .... script
Achim von Borries .... co-author
Eva Weber .... laboratory manager
Ulf Israel .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Sigmund Jähn .... special thanks
Dieter Kürten .... thanks
Dani Levy .... special thanks
Edda Reiser .... thanks
Michael Schmid-Ospach .... special thanks
Tom Tykwer .... special thanks
Jürgen Vogel .... special thanks
Ingeborg Westphal .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

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MPAA:
Rated R for brief language and sexuality
Runtime:
121 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Black and White (archive footage) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Florian Lukas was originally cast as Alex. When director Wolfgang Becker chose Daniel Brühl for that role, he offered Lukas the role of Denis.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: As Alex is being driven away from his mother in the truck at night, you can see faint blue sky in the background.See more »
Quotes:
Sigmund Jähn:Where to?
Alexander Kerner:Wannsee
Sigmund Jähn:I know what you think. Everyone does. But I'm not him.
See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Der schwarze Kanal" (1960)See more »
Soundtrack:
Comptine D'un Autre Été: L'après MidiSee more »

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71 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
clever and amusing comedy, 25 September 2004
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

Just as Rip Van Winkle slept through the American Revolution and woke up twenty years later to find himself a citizen of a brand new country, so Kathrin Sass, an East German woman, slips into a coma on the eve of the fall of the Berlin Wall only to wake up eight months later a member of a capitalist society. This is the premise of 'Good Bye Lenin,' a clever and affectionate tale about truth, love and family ties that transcends all national borders and boundaries.

Kathrin, a woman who has dedicated her life to the perpetuation of Communist Party ideology, suffers a major heart attack that plunges her into a comatose state a few months prior to the dissolution of the land she knows as East Germany. While she is 'asleep,' governments tumble, barriers crumble and a whole new tide of Western goods and values comes flooding eastwards to a ravenous, eagerly awaiting public. Then she wakes up. Fearing that the shock of finding such a radically changed world will lead to a second heart attack, her loving son, Alex, devises an elaborate scheme to shield her from the truth and to make her believe that the world she lives in now is the same world she knew eight months before (the basic premise is not that different from the one in 'Jacob the Liar').

'Good Bye Lenin!' is an amusing regional comedy that derives its laughs from two basic sources: the near-slapstick nature of the charade Alex is attempting to perpetrate, and the script's satirical view of a society rushing madly to embrace the joys of unbridled consumerism they have been so long denied. Given its gimmicky premise, 'Good Bye Lenin!' could have emerged as a one-joke comedy were it not for the fine sense of irony and absurdity that writer/director Wolfgang Becker (working with co-writer Bernd Lichtenberg) has brought to the project. In addition, young Daniel Bruhl as Alex and Katrin Sab as Kathrin deliver expert, moving performances that go to the very essence of the mother/child relationship.

I must confess that this film, despite its generally upbeat tone, brings with it a certain rueful sadness that the filmmakers may not exactly have intended. Could it really have been a mere fifteen years ago that the events depicted in this film actually happened - a mere fifteen years ago that the future of the human race seemed so full of joy, hope and promise? Now, in a post 9/11 world - where sectarian hatred and international terrorism rule the day - this image of people coming together to cast off the shackles of bondage and embrace freedom seems already like a quaint memory from the long distant past. In a strange way, the film has become something of a relic in its own time, outstripped by a world that has long since moved on to bigger and more dire concerns. 'Good Bye Lenin' reminds of just how long ago and far away the Cold War really was.

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