IMDb > The Lives of Others (2006)
Das Leben der Anderen
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guide
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

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

Photos (See all 24 | slideshow)


User Rating:
8.5/10   272,754 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 6% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
View company contact information for The Lives of Others on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Won Oscar. Another 79 wins & 28 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A German Expat Feels his first pang of forlorn German patriotism See more (411 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 Schmidt .... unit production manager (as Lisa Kolodzik)
Tom Sternitzke .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Katrin Arendt .... trainee assistant director
Claudia Beewen .... assistant director
Katharina Hofmann .... second assistant director
Art Department
MC Fitti .... construction
Felix Gallo .... painter
Hannes Koch .... construction
Olaf Kronenthal .... standby props
Mathias Lücking .... construction
Frank Noack .... construction coordinator
Michael Roggemann .... draughtsman
Christian Sitta .... assistant production designer
Klaus Spielhagen .... film architect
Danny Stuchlik .... construction
Daniela von Waberer .... painter
Sandra Zimmerle .... assistant property master: indoor
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 .... 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

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Das Leben der Anderen" - Germany (original title)
See more »
Rated R for some sexuality/nudity
137 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
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 »
[first lines]
Guard:[subtitled version] Stand still. Eyes to the floor.
Guard:Walk on.
See more »
HGW XX/7See more »


How does Dreyman know when he sees the red thumb print on his file that Wiesler saved him?
Is this movie based on a book?
This film won an Oscar and a BAFTA for foreign language film; which others have done this?
See more »
118 out of 134 people found the following review useful.
A German Expat Feels his first pang of forlorn German patriotism, 16 October 2007
Author: N Bauman from Minneapolis

This film utterly blew me away. Full disclosure: I'm a German born (Munich born) German-American who left Germany in 1986, before the wall came down. I cannot describe the feeling I felt as the last few words were spoken on the screen. I could not look at the subtitles ( a habit of speaking two languages ) because my eyes were so full of tears. I cannot tell you how I was so sorry I did not experience the wall coming down. This film healed a wound that may have been left by the nightmare years of 1938-1945, my own great uncle being a Nazi war criminal, convicted in Nuremberg in 1946. Yes, we are mensch too. We have the potential for greatness (of character) in spite of our history. Thank you Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, for giving me back half of my lost soul in this single "es ist für mich". I am reminded again that the difference between ourselves and beasts is that we have a choice.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (411 total) »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Persepolis The Tunnel The Best of Youth So Sweet, So Dead The Reader
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb top 250 movies IMDb Drama section
IMDb Germany section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.