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Sons, Mothers and a General (1955)

Kinder, Mütter und ein General (original title)
As Germany's fortunes in the latter part of World War II wane, several young boys, in their enthusiasm to do something "for the fatherland", volunteer to fight with the German army in the ... See full summary »

Director:

Laslo Benedek

Writers:

Herbert Reinecker (screenplay), Herbert Reinecker (novel)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilde Krahl ... Helene Asmussen
Therese Giehse ... Elfriede Bergmann
Ursula Herking Ursula Herking ... Dr. Behrens, Ärztin
Alice Treff ... Pastorin
Marianne Sinclair Marianne Sinclair ... Näherin
Beate Koepnick Beate Koepnick ... Inge, das Mädchen
Peter Bürger Peter Bürger ... Robert, Inges Bruder
Holger Hildmann Holger Hildmann ... Georg, Sohn der Ärztin
Karl-Michael Kuntz Karl-Michael Kuntz ... Edmund, Sohn der Pastorin
Walter Lehfeld Walter Lehfeld ... Werner, Sohn der Näherin
Adi Lödel Adi Lödel ... Harald Asmussen
Dieter Straub Dieter Straub ... Leo Bergmann
Bernhard Wicki ... Hauptmann Dornberg
Claus Biederstaedt ... Gefreiter mit der Holzhand
Rudolf Fernau ... Stabsarzt
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As Germany's fortunes in the latter part of World War II wane, several young boys, in their enthusiasm to do something "for the fatherland", volunteer to fight with the German army in the East. Horrified at the news that their children are to be sent to the Russian front, the boys' mothers begin a desperate effort to get their sons back. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Drama | War

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

4 March 1955 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

All'est si muore See more »

Filming Locations:

Walsrode, Lower Saxony, Germany

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Awarded the Grand Prix de l'Union de la Critique de Cinéma (the Belgian Critic Award) in Brussels in 1956. See more »

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Featured in My Best Fiend (1999) See more »

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Mothers on a road trip
23 April 2015 | by rooakSee all my reviews

This engaging movie is a mixed bag. There is the seed of a great movie to be made in this patchy one. The intriguing story of six women heading to the Russian front to rescue their teenage sons, who've run away from school to enlist for the Fatherland, deserves better telling. Some fine performances are mixed with some pretty dreadful ones. Some great lines are mixed with some dreadful clichés. The cinematography was superb throughout. The star performance is that of Therese Giehse. How did she not have a wider fame outside of Germany? Bernhard Wicki, who does pretty well, appears interestingly in the later movie, "Paris, Texas."


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