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Berlin Blues (2003)
"Herr Lehmann" (original title)

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In October 1989, the part of the West Berlin borough of Kreuzberg called SO 36, had been largely shut off by the Wall from the rest of the city for 28 years. A lethargic sub-culture of ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Ulmen ...
Detlev Buck ...
Katja Danowski ...
Janek Rieke ...
Annika Kuhl ...
Hartmut Lange ...
Martin Olbertz ...
Uwe Dag Berlin ...
Jürgen (as Uwe-Dag Berlin)
Michael Beck ...
Michael Gwisdek ...
Der Trinker
Stephan Baumecker ...
Tim Fischer ...
Karsten Speck ...
Die Lederuschi
Margit Bendokat ...
Johann Adam Oest ...
Vater Lehmann (as Adam Oest)


In October 1989, the part of the West Berlin borough of Kreuzberg called SO 36, had been largely shut off by the Wall from the rest of the city for 28 years. A lethargic sub-culture of students, artists, bohemians and barflys had flourished among crumbling buildings. Part of that microcosm is barkeeper Frank, semi-formally called 'Herr Lehmann' by friends and patrons. He hangs out drinking, sports utter disregard for anything beyond SO 36 and lazily pursues an affair with cook Katrin. His lifestyle is gradually disturbed, when his parents show up for a visit, things go awry with Katrin and his best friend Karl starts to act strange. Meanwhile, political turmoil mounts on the other side of the Wall. Written by Armin Ortmann {}

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2 October 2003 (Germany)  »

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Berlin Blues  »

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€6,000,000 (estimated)

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Christian Ulmen had to go to nine casting sessions before landing the role of Lehmann. See more »


The amount of wine in the glasses during the dinner with the parents. See more »

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A lot of "Beck's" Beer is being drunk through-out the movie. The beginning of the end credits reads: "Von Beck's gab's nichts. Scheiß der Hund drauf!" (rough translation: "Beck's didn't contribute anything. We give a dog shit!") See more »


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Written and performed by Ween
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2 September 2007 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I live in SO36 for over 20 years now, the film was shot here - so why not give it a try? Here is why: • no significant story. If you like to gossip and watch other peoples relationships this might be interesting. If you're into stories that exceed everyday life - look somewhere else. • SO36 in 1989 was different. Far better than the utterly and totally misconceived sham 'Sonnenallee', but if you seek for insight into the times of the Wende in Berlin SO36 (Sonnenallee: Berlin 44) - avoid these! In my opinion SO36 had been the choice of location for this film, cause SO36 still catches peoples imagination - and has been for a quite long time. This story does not require the Wende at all. •not convincingly made. Some of the dialogs are just so woody, so read out...

Anyway - I wasted two hours with this - don't do the same!

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