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The Lives of Others (2006) More at IMDbPro »Das Leben der Anderen (original title)

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The Lives of Others -- This Oscar(r)-winning thriller (Best Foreign Language Film, 2006) tells the erotic story of an East German couple whose every intimate moment is being monitored by the Secret Police hoping to learn information that could destroy their lives.


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30 March 2007 (USA) See more »
Before the Fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germany's Secret Police Listened to Your Secrets See more »
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 79 wins & 28 nominations See more »
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The most underrated film of 2006. See more (407 total) »


  (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 D. Munro ... Theatre Actress (uncredited)

Klaus Münster ... Erich Mielke (voice) (uncredited)

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 .... standby props
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
Manni Gläser .... sound post production manager
Detlef Halaski .... adr mixer
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound 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
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)
Location Management
Thomas Duchnicki .... location scout
Erika Falk .... location scout
Peter Maasz .... location manager
Ana-Mona Müller-Schwerin .... location scout
Martin Zillger .... location scout
Music Department
Jean-Pierre Arquié .... music consultant (as Jean-Pierre Arquie)
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra .... orchestra
Jan Holzner .... music recording/mixing engineer
Adam Klemens .... conductor
Philipp Fabian Kölmel .... music recordist: pre-production (as Philipp F. Kölmel)
Other crew
Oliver Berger .... assistant set manager
Jan Bludau .... set runner
Kamil Friebel .... set runner
Christine Haupt .... production coordinator
Matthias Junge .... continuity
Matthias Junge .... script supervisor
Holger Köhler-Kaeß .... set runner
Martin Pust .... set runner
Wolfgang Rhaden .... production accountant
Paul Rohlfs .... set runner
Eva Simonet .... press attaché: France
Sally Steele .... publicist
Nicole Wolfarth .... researcher
Anabelle D. Munro .... double: Monica Gedeck (uncredited)
Erna Baumbauer .... special thanks
Sebastian Henckel-Donnersmarck .... special thanks
Kathrin Lohmann .... 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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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity
137 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Four actors from this film appeared in Amen. (2002): Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Mühe, Ulrich Tukur and Hinnerk Schönemann.See more »
Miscellaneous: In the attic listening post, Udo once addresses Wiesler as "Hauptmann" which the subtitles translate as "Comerade"; however, hauptmann is Wiesler's rank: captain. The spoken line was like a formal "yes, Captain" rather than "yes, comrade".See more »
[first lines]
Guard:[subtitled version] Stand still. Eyes to the floor.
Guard:Walk on.
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Movie Connections:
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How does Dreyman know when he sees the red thumb print on his file that Wiesler saved him?
This film won an Oscar and a BAFTA for foreign language film; which others have done this?
Is this movie based on a book?
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663 out of 807 people found the following review useful.
The most underrated film of 2006., 17 January 2007
Author: jesse3 from los angeles california

Holy cow! What a terrific movie! I am a voting member of the Academy (actor's branch) so I get all the films for free. I've seen everything---60 films. This was one of the last 3 films that I saw---because I was completely unfamiliar with the title. This film slowly gripped me, but by the end, the grip was merciless. The lead actor, who should be doing The Life Story Of Peter Jennings, was wonderful. Everybody was terrific. Congratulations to the writers for their perfect structure---and to the director for his flawless storytelling---and his eliciting of top performances from his actors. How well cast it was.

But now I'm totally bewildered. Why haven't I heard anything about this film? Where was this film at the Golden Globes? I haven't even seen any reviews about it. Nothing! What's going on? I'm very active in the film business. I follow this stuff. This film (that I never heard of) took me by surprise as no other film has ever done.

Note to the IMDb: This is not a spoiler.

Jesse Vint III

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