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The Miracle of Bern (2003)
"Das Wunder von Bern" (original title)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Klamroth ...
Matthias Lubanski
Richard Lubanski
Johanna Gastdorf ...
Christa Lubanski
Mirko Lang ...
Bruno Lubanski
Birthe Wolter ...
Ingrid Lubanski
Annette Ackermann
Lucas Gregorowicz ...
Paul Ackermann
Sepp Herberger
Sascha Göpel ...
Helmut Rahn
Knut Hartwig ...
Fritz Walter
Holger Dexne ...
Horst Eckel
Ottmar Walter
Jo Stock ...
Toni Turek
Martin Bretschneider ...
Hans Schäfer
Christian Broos ...
Werner Kohlmeyer (Im Endspiel)


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 Benjamin Stello

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Release Date:

16 October 2003 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A berni csoda  »

Box Office


€7,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,509,501 (Germany) (17 October 2003)


$12,660,891 (Germany) (28 November 2003)

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Sönke Wortmann wanted to invite the real Helmut Rahn to the movie's premiere, but learned that he had died the same day. See more »


When Matthias is at home and cannot follow the world cup, his brother comes in with a transistor radio. The transistor radio was only brought on the market in 1953 by Texas instruments and 1954 by Sony. See more »

Crazy Credits

At the very end of the closing credits one can hear the original radio reporter signing off from the stadium in Bern. See more »


References Gladiator (2000) See more »


Ja, so fängt es immer an
(Siegfried Ulrich)
Performed by Rita Paul
With permission of Musikverlag Melodie Froboess und Budde KG
Courtesy of BMG Berlin Musik GmbH
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An amazing movie about one of the most inspiring events in post-war Germany!
7 May 2009 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

In a very moving and unsentimental Drama, Sönke Wortmann brings us the amazing story of the German National Soccer Team, who unexpectedly defeated the Hungarians in the final of the World Cup 1954 in Switzerland.

After being a prisoner of war for 9 years, Richard Lubanski comes home to his family, only to find himself in a world, strange and unknown to him. His oldest son Bruno is a communist, who plays Jazz music for a living, his daughter Ingrid helps her mother at the family's bar, and his youngest son Matthias is a soccer fan and a good friend of Helmut Rahn, a player of the German national team. Richard in his embitterment and desperation drives his family apart, and for a long time fails to realize that he's the one responsible for it. In the second plot line, the journalist Paul Ackermann gets the honorable assignment of reporting for the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" in Switzerland during the World Cup, news not to well received by his wife Annette, who was already planning their honeymoon. She insists on coming with him and during her stay in Switzerland she learns quite a bit about soccer and in the end knows more about it than her husband. The German National team, under Coach Sepp Herberger, is confronted with very difficult opponents and after an embarrassing defeat against the Hungarians, many Germans already see the team's chances gone of entering the next round. Rahn, who got drunk after the loss against Hungary, but learned from his mistakes, and Fritz Walter, the captain of the team, though, both very ambitious players, try to motivate the whole team and eventually they play in the final, once again against the Hungarians.

Whether you are a soccer fan or not is of little importance when watching this movie, as it is more about family, friendship and teamwork than about the sport itself. At times moving, at others funny, "Das Wunder von Bern" is a wonderful portrait of Germany after World War II, a desperate nation in desire of a miracle. The young Louis Klamroth gives an extremely good performance, as do Peter Franke, Sascha Göpel and especially Peter Lohmeyer as Richard Lubanski. All in all, an excellent piece of German history. (9.5/10)

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