In 1944 many Germans in Eastern Prussia believed like Lena von Mahlenberg, daughter of a local aristocrat, that Hitler would surrender and spare them from being invaded by the vengeful Russian Red Army. He didn't and they had to flee.

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Maria Furtwängler ...
Lena Gräfin von Mahlenberg
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Francois Beauvais
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Heinrich Graf von Gernstorff
Gabriela Maria Schmeide ...
Babette
Jürgen Hentsch ...
Berthold Graf von Mahlenberg
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Rüdiger Graf von Gernstorff
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Sophie Gräfin von Gernstorff
Max von Thun ...
Ferdinand, Graf von Gernstorff
Josef Mattes ...
Fritz
Stella Kunkat ...
Victoria 'Vicky'
Michael Ginsburg ...
Mikolai
Barbara Morawiecz ...
Oma Herta
Marie-Luise Schramm ...
Waltraud
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Louis
Beate Abraham ...
Frau Meister
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In 1944 many Germans in Eastern Prussia believed like Lena von Mahlenberg, daughter of a local aristocrat, that Hitler would surrender and spare them from being invaded by the vengeful Russian Red Army. He didn't and they had to flee.

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The drama's first part drew an audience of 11.18 million viewers in Germany, making it the network's most successful movie for the last 10 years. See more »

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Epic and historically correct
15 November 2008 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

In 1933 Germany elected Adolf Hitler as Reichschancellor, and with him came the downright criminal Nazi-government. Among many other atrocities, Hitler started the most devastating war in history of mankind: his campaign against Stalin's Communist Soviet Union. The year was 1941.

Inspired by genuine racism, the Germans behaved terribly in the part of the Soviet Union occupied by them. Consequently Soviet revenge was equally terrible when in January 1945 Stalin's victorious army invaded East Prussia, Germany's most Eastern province. To make things worse, Hitler stubbornly refused to evacuate East Prussia's civil population.

'Die Flucht' (= German for 'the flight, the escape') is about this invasion. I am impressed by the historical correctness applied by the German filmmakers: after all, for many Germans the loss of East Prussia still is a highly emotional issue. Add to that the excellent quality of its shooting and acting, and all these ingredients make 'die Flucht' an epic and excellent film.


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