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Die Gustloff (2008)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  2 March 2008 (Germany)
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Joseph Vilsmaier's two-part TV movie focuses on the tragic events surrounding the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German passenger ship, at the end of World War II. On 30 January 1945, ... See full summary »

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Hellmut Kehding
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Erika Galetschky
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Harald Kehding
Dana Vávrová ...
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Heinz Schön
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Joseph Vilsmaier's two-part TV movie focuses on the tragic events surrounding the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German passenger ship, at the end of World War II. On 30 January 1945, Captain Hellmuth Kehding was in charge of the ship, evacuating wounded soldiers and civilians trapped by the Red Army. Soon after leaving the harbor of Danzig, it was hit by three torpedoes from the Soviet submarine and sank in less than an hour... Written by fippi2000

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Gustloffin viimeinen matka  »

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This film's closing epilogue states: "Over 9000 people lost their lives that night [the Gustloff ship sank]. Most were women and children. There has never been a formal investigation." See more »

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A Sensational Film!
28 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

And by "sensational" I mean "over-dramatic" and "too sentimental."

Read Gunter Grass' Crabwalk or watch the original film Nacht fiel über Gotenhafen for a much more critical, and thereby realistic, depiction of the worst maritime disaster in recorded history. Tanja Dückers Celestial Bodies does a pretty good job as well.

Hollywood-caliber films that attempt to make a blockbuster out of tragedy will never succeed to capture the full complexity of reality!! Still, the only attempt in almost 50 years and the second of all time...

so D- for effort.


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