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Strafbataillon 999 (1960)





Credited cast:
Sonja Ziemann ... Julia Deutschmann
Georg Thomas Georg Thomas ... Ernst Deutschmann
Werner Peters ... Hauptfeldwebel Krüll
Ernst Schröder Ernst Schröder ... Dr. Kukill
Heinz Weiss Heinz Weiss ... Oberleutnant Obermeier
Kurd Pieritz Kurd Pieritz ... Hauptmann Barth
Hanns Ernst Jäger Hanns Ernst Jäger ... Schwanecke (as H.E. Jäger)
Werner Hessenland Werner Hessenland ... von Bartlitz
Georg Lehn Georg Lehn ... Wiedeck
Klaus Kindler ... Oberleutnant Bevern
Judith Dornys Judith Dornys ... Tanja
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfred Balthoff Alfred Balthoff ... Dr. Bergen
Walter Clemens Walter Clemens ... Rattengesicht
Gerd Frickhöffer Gerd Frickhöffer ... Kronberg
Horst Gnekow Horst Gnekow ... SS-Mann Wendt


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Drama | War


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West Germany



Release Date:

11 February 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Punishment Battalion See more »

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Production Co:

Zeyn-Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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mild Hollywood-type treatment
5 June 2005 | by ticonsultingSee all my reviews

The film focuses on life in a World War II German penal battalion camp somewhere in Russia. The convicts include a heroic doctor unjustly convicted of avoiding military service, an officer who retreated against orders, and common criminals. It shows their life in the camp, clearing mines, living in trenches on the front line, etc.

This film has the quality of Hollywood films of the same era. There are melodramatic romance sub-plots (can the beautiful doctor's wife get her husband's conviction overturned?) (will the doctor fall in love with a lovely Russian "doctor's aide"?) and it depicts life in a penal battalion much too mildly.

There is an interesting scene of an attack by T-34 Russian tanks, but if you're looking for a realistic war movie that covers some of the same ground, see Joseph Vilsmaier's awesome "Stalingrad" from 1993.

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