The movie deals with the championship-winning German soccer team of 1954. Its story is linked with two others: The family of a young boy is split due to the events in World War II, and the ... See full summary »
Tobi and Achim, the pride of the local crew club, have been the best of friends for years and are convinced that nothing will ever stand in the way of their friendship. They look forward to... See full summary »
The movie deals with the championship-winning German soccer team of 1954. Its story is linked with two others: The family of a young boy is split due to the events in World War II, and the father returns from Russia after eleven years. His problems in getting back to normal life are shown, with references to his children and wife. The second story is about a reporter and his wife reporting from the tournament. Written by
After a private sneak preview in August 2003, director Sönke Wortmann and Rudi Völler, coach of the German national soccer team in 2003, discussed alluring Helmut Rahn (former goalgetter and scorer of the important last goal in Bern), who lived reclusively, to the official premiere of the movie. Rahn died the same night. See more »
The closing credits state the team winning the trophy in Bern ("die Elf von Bern") never played together again. In fact, the Bern team played one last match together, which was a benefit game 15 years after the victory. See more »
At the very end of the closing credits one can hear the original radio reporter signing off from the stadium in Bern. See more »
I have seen this movie on November 2005 in an European Cinema Festival in Lima. It was really excellent, and I'm purchasing it on Amazon.de. The digital making of Wankdorf Stadion in Bern was awesome, and the story was touching. The performing of the final was a surprise, because before it, no football scene had been seen in the movie. Only one mistake: the boy went with his father from Germany to Bern by car (borrowed from a priest), but they returned by train. What happened to the car of the infortunate priest? Nevertheless, if you are a football fan, don't miss it and PURCHASE IT FROM AMAZON.DE!!! The DVD does have Spanish subtitles.
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