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During Napoleon's victorious campaign in Germany, the city of Kolberg gets isolated from the retreating Prussian forces. The population of Kolberg refuses to capitulate and organizes the ... See full summary »

Directors:

Veit Harlan, Wolfgang Liebeneiner (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heinrich George ... Bürgermeister Joachim Nettelbeck
Kristina Söderbaum ... Maria Werner
Horst Caspar ... Gen. Gneisenau
Gustav Diessl ... Lt. Schill
Paul Wegener ... Stadtkommandant Loucadou
Otto Wernicke ... Bauer Werner
Charles Schauten Charles Schauten ... Napoleon
Claus Clausen Claus Clausen ... Frédéric-Guillaume III
Irene von Meyendorff ... Königin
Heinz Lausch Heinz Lausch ... Friedrich Werner
Kurt Meisel ... Claus Werner
Paul Bildt Paul Bildt ... Rektor
Jakob Tiedtke ... Reeder
Hans Hermann Schaufuß ... Zaufke (as H.H. Schaufuss)
Franz Schafheitlin Franz Schafheitlin ... Fanselow (as F. Schafheitlin)
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During Napoleon's victorious campaign in Germany, the city of Kolberg gets isolated from the retreating Prussian forces. The population of Kolberg refuses to capitulate and organizes the resistance against the French army, which immediately submits the city to massive bombardments. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | French

Release Date:

5 October 1953 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Burning Hearts See more »

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Budget:

DEM 8,800,000 (estimated)
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Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Agfacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After the movie was completed, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels had many scenes cut out, because they might be too brutal for the people during the war. This includes many deaths of the people of Kolberg and the death scene of the Prussian Prince Louis Ferdinand. However, the promotion ads were already printed and couldn't be reprinted again, which is why Jaspar von Oertzen, who played the prince, is still in the opening credits and is mentioned in the ads. See more »

Goofs

Ferdinand von Schill started his corps of volunteers in January 1807, not in autumn 1806 as stated in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Schill: Gentlemen Civilians. Because you are no soldiers yet. In Auerstedt we were standing like oak trees. And were shot like bunnies. Why? With no protection and no cover we were standing there like a Prussian wall. The French soldiers were blowing us away completely. We have to learn new. Look for cover. Throw yourself on the ground. No consideration. Don't mind the nice uniforms.
Stadtkommandant Loucadou: [standing on the balcony] People, go home. Leave the ridiculous soldier game. Who has any use of it?
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Maikäfer flieg
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Interesting Film
4 March 2006 | by Chris-BerlinSee all my reviews

To correct one thing the first critic said, KOLBERG was released on January 31, 1945. But it's release came to late to increase the morals of the Wehrmacht, because at the end of Janauary things went not so well for the German Army, because the Red Army reached the Oder, some 60 km near Berlin. Furthermore the powers of the Wehrmacht were nearly exhausted, due to the loss of arms and men. So it was clear to see for the most, that we would loose the war, unless the promised Wunderwaffen would not come to action. And that never happened. Nevertheless KOLBERG is an interesting experience. Alt last I'd like to point out HEINRICH GEORGE, who truly was one of our greatest Actors in Theatre and Film ever, in his role of the Bürgermeister of Kolberg. A stunning performance.


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