7.5/10
11,055
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
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
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 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
Free Fall (2013)
Drama | Romance
    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
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
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
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
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
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
Das Phantom (TV Movie 2000)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After the partner of a policeman is killed he is drawn into a mysterious plot of conspiracy and terrorists.

Director: Dennis Gansel
Stars: Nadeshda Brennicke, Mathias Herrmann, Jürgen Vogel
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Five friends spend their holidays on a faraway island in the sea. On the last day of the holidays, out of the blue, Björn informs his friends that he will not return home but intends to ... See full summary »

Director: Luki Frieden
Stars: Max Riemelt, Maximilian Simonischek, Thierry van Werveke
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

At least one of the Napola boxers and one of the training officers have pierced ears. Very unlikely, this being set in Nazi Germany. See more »

Quotes

Christoph Schneider: Pull yourself together!
Albrecht Stein: Pull myself together? Do you know what we just did? You shouldn't have shot! You shouldn't have shot!
Tjaden: I didn't give the order. Your father said they had guns!
Albrecht Stein: Why are you looking at me like that?
Friedrich Weimer: I'm not looking at you.
Albrecht Stein: I know what you're thinking. Don't look at me like that!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Smagsdommerne: Episode #2.10 (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

I was there
8 November 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I have seen the German version of the movie, which has just been released in Germany on DVD. It has brought back very vivid memories especially the scene where the parents bring their boys to the school at the beginning of of the term. It was my mother who brought me there when I was about 11 years old, my father was a soldier in Russia. It was a sad moment when my mother left. but it was soon forgotten with all the regimented activity that we were submitted to. I was in that school till about 3 months before the war ended, when my mother asked for my release as my father was missing in Russia, she was concerned about my safety, all the bombing, and the Russian advances. I could have been called a Nazi, as much as you can call a 13 year old a fanatic of any political persuasion but serious doubts came to mind towards the end and the demise of National Socialism was no big loss to me. The final proof of the brutality of the regime was when a list of people to be arrested and sent to a Concentration Camp, was found in the Ortsgruppenleiters (Party Mayor) office with my mothers name on it. Reason "my removal from the Napola". I am now 74 years old and have been living in Australia for 52 years.


144 of 156 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:
?