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Klitschko -- A documentary encompassing the lives of world heavyweight boxing champions, Vitali & Wladimir Klitschko.  The first time in history two brothers have shared all the heavyweight world titles, this film explores their humble beginnings in the Ukraine to their rise to stardom and domination of heavyweight prize fighting.


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21 October 2011 (USA) See more »
Fighters. Champions. Brothers.
A documentary encompassing the lives of world heavyweight boxing champions, Vitali & Wladimir Klitschko... See more » | Full synopsis »
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'Klitschko' Is about as good as a sports documentary gets... See more (3 total) »


Lamon Brewster ... Himself
Chris Byrd ... Himself
Bernd Bönte ... Himself
Pearlman Hicks ... Himself (as Dr. Pearlman Hicks)

Don King ... Himself (archive footage)
Nadeshda Uljanowna Klitschko ... Herself
Natalia Klitschko ... Herself

Vitali Klitschko ... Himself

Wladimir Klitschko ... Himself
Klaus-Peter Kohl ... Himself

Lennox Lewis ... Himself
Henry Maske ... Himself (archive footage)
Larry Merchant ... Himself
Falk Nebiger ... Himself

Hayden Panettiere ... Herself (archive footage)
Dan Rafael ... Himself
Hartmut Scherzer ... Himself
Andrej Schistow ... Himself
Fritz Sdunek ... Himself
Anna Starostenko ... Herself
Emanuel Steward ... Himself
Wladimir Zolotarew ... Himself

Directed by
Sebastian Dehnhardt (documentary director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sebastian Dehnhardt  head writer

Produced by
Leopold Hoesch .... producer
Original Music by
Stefan Ziethen (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Johannes Imdahl 
Film Editing by
Lars Roland 
Production Management
Niko Djordjevic .... unit manager
Susanne Hahn .... production manager
Nina Hetzer .... production manager
Niko Remus .... post-production supervisor
Jörg Rudolph .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Wolf .... assistant director
Sound Department
Karl Atteln .... sound editor
Alexander Buck .... dialogue editor
Günther Friedhoff .... adr mixer
Tim Hays .... sound mixer
Florian Kaltenegger .... sound designer
Florian Kaltenegger .... supervising sound editor
Axel Kohlhase .... sound
Stefan Korte .... sound re-recording mixer
Christoph Köpf .... sound
Jörn Martens .... sound mixer
Laura Plock .... foley editor
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
Michael Schlömer .... sound (as Michael Schloemer)
Marcus Sujata .... add foley mixer
Brian Swanson .... additional sound mixer: Florida
Hanse Warns .... foley mixer
André Zacher .... sound effects editor
Visual Effects by
Thomas Loeder .... senior digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Marc Burgstaller .... dit tech
Ulrich Eidemüller .... dit tech
Jennifer Günther .... assistant camera
Torbjörn Karvang .... additional cinematographer
Richard Koburg .... assistant camera
Jan Kulkies .... additional cinematographer
Anton Mayer .... assistant camera
Florian Reeh .... assistant camera
Stefan Schindler .... additional cinematographer
Kai Stichel .... assistant camera
Sebastian Volk .... assistant camera
Roman Zenz .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
André Hammesfahr .... additional editor
Malte Rapp .... assistant editor
Music Department
Florian Zenker .... musician: mandolin and guitars
Other crew
Martin Eichhorn .... title design and lettering
Sascha Engling .... archive researcher
Lukas Hoffmann .... archive and research assistant
Georgina Hohenlohe .... editorial staff assistant
Yuliya Hreben .... editorial staff assistant
Jan Karitzky .... editorial staff assistant
David Loewe .... title design and lettering
Michael Mahler .... cashier
Peter Wolf .... editorial production coordinator

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118 min | 110 min (original version)
Color (HD)

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47 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
'Klitschko' Is about as good as a sports documentary gets..., 1 June 2012
Author: Munch MaQuchi from Netherlands

I tend to watch a lot of sports-based documentaries, and I am, just in general, a big fan of the documentary medium.

Let me start of by saying that I went into this movie expecting a 'glorious celebration' of what can only be described as two of the most influential fighters in the world of boxing. I was expecting to watch a documentary, that fell into that nearly unavoidable pit of shameless self-promotion/idolization.

I was WRONG! This nearly 120-minute EPIC, not only is probably the most humble and honest boxing-doc I've ever seen. It re-defines the format of the standard sports-documentary, and presents us with an insight into the REAL important moments of a fighter's career, namely, dealing with loss, mental and physical defeat, maintaining you strife for excellence, and learning from your mistakes.

The documentary is engrossing, it spans the early childhood of the brothers, their excellence in local Ukrainian kick-boxing, their switch to a pro career... all information is presented with exceptional moderation, providing nothing but essential and informative stories and facts. No 'dead-air' here folks! The picture that this film paints is one of overcoming personal and psychological issues, becoming a better person through hardship and defeat, through challenge and distress.

The documentary also sheds an interesting light on Vitali's political engagements, which i found to be quite remarkable. I could also appreciate that the film doesn't focus on the brother's charity work in detail. Something that I found refreshingly selfless and humble.

IN CONCLUSION: The film is long, but every single minute is entertaining, informative and just a great watch. The editing and production are tremendous.

The film left me with a remarkable feeling, even though i know I just watched the defining documentary about two of the most successful boxers in history, I came to the realization that what was portrayed in the film was much more humble and sincere. The film focused on the VERY few losses they had, and doesn't ravel in the greatness that they rightfully have established. Very few 'EPIC' scenes, and plenty of personal, heartfelt and sincere moments with the Klitchko's.

I rate this film a 9/10 - Not just based on content, but also as a film that could possibly provide a blue-print for the 'new style' of sports documentaries. all in all, A MUST SEE!!!

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