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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

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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Version of Der Hauptmann von Köpenick (1997) See more »

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The Chain of Command
29 November 2020 | by MogwaiMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

In a slight but well observed little fable about societal hierarchies, snobbery and injustice, Heinz Rühmann is fine as the ex-con who finds wearing a military uniform can get him everything otherwise hopelessly out of reach. It's a humorous tale, but there's nothing in it that will actually make you laugh, and it takes a whole hour to get to the interesting part of the story, which is much too long. It doesn't really add up to anything much but it's an agreeable enough watch, lovably capturing Old Europe in all its handsome grandeur and ridiculous pomposity, and shot with a good deal of character in early Eastmancolor.


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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 »

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Production Co:

Real-Film GmbH See more »
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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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