7.5/10
10,997
52 user 61 critic

Before the Fall (2004)

Napola - Elite für den Führer (original title)
In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) - high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich ... See full summary »

Director:

8 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Wave (2008)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.

Director: Dennis Gansel
Stars: Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt, Jennifer Ulrich
Free Fall (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A soon-to-be-father policeman falls for a gay fellow officer and his life starts falling apart.

Director: Stephan Lacant
Stars: Hanno Koffler, Max Riemelt, Attila Borlan
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In Berlin, a cop closes in on an all-female vampire trio who just took in a new member, Lena.

Director: Dennis Gansel
Stars: Karoline Herfurth, Nina Hoss, Jennifer Ulrich
Crazy (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Benjamin is a 16 year old, paralyzed on one side of his body, with lousy grades in math, who switches to a boarding school to reach grammar school. Acclimatization to the new environment is... See full summary »

Director: Hans-Christian Schmid
Stars: Robert Stadlober, Tom Schilling, Oona-Devi Liebich
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A journalist gets caught up in a terrorist plot in Moscow while investigating the Russian secret service.

Director: Dennis Gansel
Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Kasia Smutniak, Max Riemelt
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

This tragicomedy is a self-ironic portrait of a young man who drops out of university and ends up wandering the streets of the city he lives: Berlin. The film deals with the desire to ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Ole Gerster
Stars: Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Justus von Dohnányi
Generation War (TV Mini-Series 2013)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Five friends go out to war and promise each other to be back for Christmas.

Stars: Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A coming-of-age story set in Germany in the 1960s. Siggi becomes involved in a love triangle when he falls for Luise, but the tightening political climate forces him to make a fateful decision.

Director: Dominik Graf
Stars: Max Riemelt, Jessica Schwarz, Ronald Zehrfeld
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose.

Director: Marc Rothemund
Stars: Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs, Alexander Held
Egoshooter (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Jakob is stuck in the transition between his teenage years and adulthood, still uncertain about what to do with his life, constantly hanging around with his friends and some girls, partying... See full summary »

Directors: Christian Becker, Oliver Schwabe
Stars: Tom Schilling, Camilla Renschke, Max Timm
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Katharina (Theresa Scholze) and Steffen (Max Riemelt) seem like the quintessential successful Berlin couple - they have well-paying jobs, a loving relationship and a spectacular apartment. ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Moris Müller
Stars: Theresa Scholze, Max Riemelt, Sebastian Schwarz
Girls on Top (2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Inken (Diana Amft) is an eighteen-year-old girl, frustrated for not having had an orgasm yet with her boyfriend. Her two best friends are Vicky (Felicitas Woll), who is in the same ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Gansel
Stars: Diana Amft, Felicitas Woll, Karoline Herfurth
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Jonas Jägermeyr ...
Christoph Schneider
Leon A. Kersten ...
Tjaden (as Leon Alexander Kersten)
Thomas Drechsel ...
...
...
...
Joachim Bißmeier ...
Michael Schenk ...
Sportlehrer
Justus von Dohnányi ...
Gauleiter Heinrich Stein (as Justus von Dohnàny and Justus von Dohnányi)
...
Frau Stein
...
Katharina (as Julie Marie Engelbrecht)
Johannes Zirner ...
Torben Send
Alexander Held ...
Friedrichs Vater
Edit

Storyline

In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) - high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich enrolls, seeing this as his ticket out of factory life to university and a good salary. During his year in seventh column (fifth form), this innocence is altered as Friedrich encounters hazing, cruelty, death, and the Nazi code. His friendship with Albrecht, the ascetic son of the area's governor, is central to this education; a night in the forest hunting for escaped Russian POWs brings things to a head. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Men Make History. We Make The Men.

Genres:

Drama | Sport | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 January 2005 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Before the Fall  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$8,036 (USA) (7 October 2005)

Gross:

$144,065 (USA) (19 May 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| |

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Dennis Gansel: [Suicide] See more »

Goofs

During Friedrich's glider flight, his helmet is securely strapped at the start but is shown unstrapped a few seconds later. He kept both hands on the glider's yoke. See more »

Quotes

Albrecht Stein: [reading from his essay] "As childish as it sounds, the winter time and the sight of freshly fallen snow always fill us with inexplicable joy. Perhaps because as children, we associated it with Christmas. I always imagine myself the hero who killed dragons, rescued virgins, and freed the world from evil. As we went out yesterday to find the prisoners, I felt like that little boy who wanted to save the world."
Vogler: Albrecht, stop.
Albrecht Stein: But as we returned, I understood that I am part of the evil that I ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Featured in 2006 Glitter Awards (2006) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
No one moved
13 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Today I watched Napola. The movie is quite frightening and shocking. You get the feeling at first that this is a film about a friendship or a school. It isn't. Its a film about cruel intentions, and boys who are to be made mad. It's not a great film but one you should have seen and think about. And every time you must ask the same question: "Had I been so much different from these boys in their uniforms?" When the Movie was about to end and the credits showed up, no one in the Cinema was moving. No one was whispering. No one was talking. About two minutes the whole audience sat there in silence. That was at last more frightening than the whole motion picture.


42 of 57 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How Gay is it? Jason69850
Napola on Bluray! tad-32
No sign of this movie elsewhere MrPavlov
Deutsche Meinung um Friedrich und Albrecht? WallyWaffles
Other Sugguestions for Movies about the Hitler Youth? Strange_Ramblings
whirled up nazi *beep* aweisenberger
Discuss Before the Fall (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?