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The Captain from Köpenick (1956)

Der Hauptmann von Köpenick (original title)
A young shoemaker is arrested for stealing a small amount of money, and is released after being jailed for 15 years. He wants to have a pass to get a job and start anew, but without a job ... See full summary »

Director:

Helmut Käutner

Writers:

Carl Zuckmayer (play), Helmut Käutner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heinz Rühmann ... Wilhelm Voigt
Martin Held ... Dr. Obermüller
Hannelore Schroth ... Mathilde Obermüller
Willy A. Kleinau Willy A. Kleinau ... Friedrich Hoprecht
Leonard Steckel Leonard Steckel ... Adolph Wormser
Friedrich Domin ... Jail Director
Erich Schellow ... Capt. von Schlettow
Walter Giller ... Willy Wormser
Wolfgang Neuss Wolfgang Neuss ... Kallenberg (as Wolfgang Neuß)
Bum Krüger Bum Krüger ... Schutzmann Kilian
Joseph Offenbach Joseph Offenbach ... Wabschke
Ilse Fürstenberg Ilse Fürstenberg ... Marie Hoprecht, Voigts Schwester
Maria Sebaldt Maria Sebaldt ... Auguste Viktoria Wormser, seine Tochter
Edith Hancke Edith Hancke ... Sick girl
Ethel Reschke Ethel Reschke ... Pleureusenmieze
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A young shoemaker is arrested for stealing a small amount of money, and is released after being jailed for 15 years. He wants to have a pass to get a job and start anew, but without a job he doesn't get a pass; and without a pass, he doesn't get a job. He gets into the net of Prussian bureaucracy, and can't see a solution. Until he enters a small Second-Hand Shop, and sees a Prussian Uniform that fits him like a second skin... Written by Patrick Dersjant <pdersjan@telebyte.nl>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

16 August 1956 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Captain from Koepenick See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Real-Film GmbH See more »
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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Official submission of West Germany for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 29th Academy Awards in 1957. See more »

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A great film with a great screenplay
10 May 2003 | by lrumerySee all my reviews

This is a great movie. Set in about 1910 in Prussia, a middle-aged shoemaker who has been in prison is in a catch-22 situation - he wants to leave to get work in Hungary, but can't get a passport. He can't get work because he doesn't have papers and can't get papers because he doesn't have work. The theme is really how the Germans of that time were so willing to follow senseless rules and figures of authority. The shoemaker buys a captain's uniform, commandeers a small troop of men, and tries to solve his problem by impersonating a captain. The actor playing Willem Voigt is wonderful - human and touching. Only problem is that the film is available on DVD but only from Germany, so I think it's not workable in our DVD machines.


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