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23 March 2006 (Germany) See more »
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Before the Fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germany's Secret Police Listened to Your Secrets See more »
Plot:
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 66 wins & 25 nominations See more »
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best German dramatic movie in years See more (374 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Martina Gedeck ... Christa-Maria Sieland

Ulrich Mühe ... Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler

Sebastian Koch ... Georg Dreyman

Ulrich Tukur ... Oberstleutnant Anton Grubitz
Thomas Thieme ... Minister Bruno Hempf
Hans-Uwe Bauer ... Paul Hauser
Volkmar Kleinert ... Albert Jerska
Matthias Brenner ... Karl Wallner
Charly Hübner ... Udo
Herbert Knaup ... Gregor Hessenstein
Bastian Trost ... Häftling 227
Marie Gruber ... Frau Meineke

Volker Michalowski ... Schriftexperte (as Zack Volker Michalowski)

Werner Daehn ... Einsatzleiter in Uniform
Martin Brambach ... Einsatzleiter Meyer
Hubertus Hartmann ... Egon Schwalber
Thomas Arnold ... Nowack
Hinnerk Schönemann ... Unterleutnant Axel Stigler
Paul Faßnacht ... Onkel Frank Hauser

Ludwig Blochberger ... Benedikt Lehmann
Paul Maximilian Schüller ... Junge mit Ball
Susanna Kraus ... Andrea
Gabi Fleming ... Prostituierte 'Ute'
Michael Gerber ... Zahnarzt Dr. Czimmy
Fabian von Klitzing ... Tagesschausprecher
Harald Polzin ... Wächter
Sheri Hagen ... 'Martha' 1991
Gitta Schweighöfer ... 'Anja' 1984
Elja-Dusa Kedves ... 'Anja' 1991
Hildegard Schroedter ... 'Elena' 1984
Inga Birkenfeld ... 'Elena' 1991 / BStU-Mitarbeiterin
Philipp Kewenig ... Christas Verhafter
Jens Wassermann ... 'Rolf' Andi Wenzke-Falkenau
Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky ... Bandleader
Manfred Ludwig Sextett ... Band
Kai Ivo Baulitz ... Buchverkäufer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralf Ehrlich ... Kollege in der Stasi-Kantine (uncredited)

Anabelle Munro ... Theatre Actress (uncredited)

Klaus Münster ... Erich Mielke (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck 
 
Writing credits
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (written by)

Produced by
Quirin Berg .... producer
Claudia Gladziejewski .... co-producer: BR
Dirk Hamm .... co-producer
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck .... co-producer
Monika Lobkowicz .... co-producer: BR - Arte
Andreas Schreitmüller .... co-producer: Arte
Max Wiedemann .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stéphane Moucha 
Gabriel Yared 
 
Cinematography by
Hagen Bogdanski 
 
Film Editing by
Patricia Rommel 
 
Casting by
Simone Bär 
 
Production Design by
Silke Buhr 
 
Art Direction by
Christiane Rothe 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Noack 
 
Costume Design by
Gabriele Binder 
 
Makeup Department
Tamar Aviv .... assistant makeup artist: extras
Annett Schulze .... makeup artist
Sabine Schumann .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Oliver Berger .... assistant set manager
Lisa Kolodzik .... unit production manager
Tom Sternitzke .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claudia Beewen .... assistant director
Katharina Hofmann .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Olaf Kronenthal .... property master
Michael Roggemann .... draughtsman
Christian Sitta .... assistant production designer
Klaus Spielhagen .... film architect
Gonda Hinrichs .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Eva Claudius .... adr editor
João Da Costa Pinto .... foley editor
Detlef Halaski .... adr mixer
Andrea Koschmieder .... dialogue editor
Jörn Poetzl .... foley artist
Hubertus Rath .... sound re-recording mixer
Oliver Schnug .... boom operator
Philipp Sellier .... foley recordist
Christoph von Schönburg .... sound designer
Christoph von Schönburg .... supervising sound editor
Arno Wilms .... production sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Adrian Lorbert .... special effects
Hans Seck .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Maik Strauch .... color timer
 
Stunts
Alister Mazzotti .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stefan Eckert .... lighting technician
Nicolay Gutscher .... assistant camera
Hagen Keller .... still photographer
Heiko Kohl .... best boy grip
Michael Koschorreck .... lighting technician
Ralph Leopold .... lighting technician
Holger Löhner .... lighting technician
Richard Nitsche .... lighting technician
Jürgen Ruge .... lighting technician
Michael Röska .... gaffer
Martin Sell .... lighting technician
Stephan Sommersberg .... key grip
Theresa von Eltz .... video operator
Florian Wentzel .... lighting technician
 
Casting Department
Marcel Dykiert .... extras casting assistant
Iris Müller .... extras casting
Kirstin Plotz .... casting assistant
 
Editorial Department
Julie Bargeton .... assistant editor
Sylvain Coutandin .... post-production assistant
Ute Lingner .... film lab manager
Stefan Müller .... managing director film lab
Gabriela Schultze .... sales manager film lab
Olivia Retzer .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jean-Pierre Arquie .... music consultant
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra .... orchestra
Jan Holzner .... music recording/mixing engineer
Adam Klemens .... conductor
Philipp F. Kölmel .... music recordist: pre-production
 
Other crew
Oliver Berger .... assistant set manager
Jan Bludau .... set runner
Thomas Duchnicki .... location scout
Erika Falk .... location scout
Kamil Friebel .... set runner
Christine Haupt .... production coordinator
Matthias Junge .... continuity
Matthias Junge .... script supervisor
Holger Köhler-Kaeß .... set runner
Peter Maasz .... location manager
Ana-Mona Müller-Schwerin .... location scout
Martin Pust .... set runner
Wolfgang Rhaden .... production accountant
Paul Rohlfs .... set runner
Eva Simonet .... press attaché: France
Sally Steele .... publicist
Nicole Wolfarth .... researcher
Martin Zillger .... location scout
Anabelle Munro .... double: Monica Gedeck (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Erna Baumbauer .... special thanks
Sebastian Henckel-Donnersmarck .... special thanks
Jörg Stempel .... special thanks
Mahée Thorak .... grateful thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Das Leben der Anderen" - Germany (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some sexuality/nudity
Runtime:
137 min
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Trivia:
Director Cameo: [Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck]Heard on the letter opener's radio earpiece, announcing the fall of the Berlin Wall.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: In the first scene in the theater, a program clearly states the birthdate of Georg as 1939, but just a few scenes later he says he is preparing for his 40th birthday. As the action is said to take place in 1984, there is a five-year discrepancy. [Possibility: Georg says that he is 40 in an attempt to shake off the impression that he might be 50. Hence, he could very well be 45. That age would also be the same as that of the actor who plays him]See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Guard:[subtitled version] Stand still. Eyes to the floor.
[pause]
Guard:Walk on.
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Soundtrack:
E.W. Als GrussSee more »

FAQ

How does Dreyman know when he sees the red thumb print on his file that Wiesler saved him?
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167 out of 229 people found the following review useful.
best German dramatic movie in years, 16 April 2006
Author: jassas

having had the joy - while not living in the old gdr itself - to have some "accidental" run ins with the good old stasi then, i found it awkward that a German director from the "west" would have the guts to take on the subject of this "ministry of greyness".

writer/director florian henkell von donnersmarck (nice name for a teutonic director, me thinks, very fancy - makes you bang your heels) not only survived this bout of pretension which could have let him drowned in a swamp of reproaches and allegations about executing the "justice of the winners", but he transformed the tale into a story that can and will be understood anywhere in the world: a tale about power, treason and the almost anarchistic potency of emotions.

while at the same time not falling into the trap of moralizing with a waving finger but showing us "the system" as an bureaucratic nightmare powered by - eventually - once even good intentioned human robots of socialist self-righteousness who actually destroy all real positive socialist impulses in the ones they plague, this film is - even if one disagrees with it's premises - probably the most important political drama coming out of Germany for years.

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