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Escape from East Berlin (1962)

Approved | | Drama | November 1962 (USA)
In January of 1962, 29 East Berliners escaped to West Berlin via a tunnel they had dug beneath the Berlin Wall, led by Erwin Becker, a chauffeur in the car pool of the East Germany ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kurt Schröder
... Erika Jurgens
... Walter Brunner
... Ingeborg Schröder
Carl Schell ... Major Eckhardt
Edith Schultze-Westrum ... Mother Schröder
Bruno Fritz ... Uncle Albrecht
Maria Tober ... Marga
... Günther Jurgens
... Heidi Eckhardt
Alfred Balthoff ... Klussendorf - a Neighbor
Anita Kupsch ... Bambi
Kurt Waitzmann ... Prof. Thomas Jurgens
Helma Seitz ... Frau Jürgens
Ronald Dehne ... Helmut Schröder
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In January of 1962, 29 East Berliners escaped to West Berlin via a tunnel they had dug beneath the Berlin Wall, led by Erwin Becker, a chauffeur in the car pool of the East Germany Parliament, who served as technical adviser on this film. The film opens with Karl Schroeder (Don Murray), chauffeur to an East German Major, seeing a friend killed as he tried to drive his truck through the wall, He is persuaded by the friend's sister, Erika Jurgens (Christine Kaufmann), and his own family to engineer an attempt to make an escape to the Western sector of the city by digging a tunnel under the wall which is close to their home. Their efforts to evade the suspicions of the East German police, their fear of betrayal by inquisitive neighbors and the exhaustion of the digging are only a few of the difficulties faced by the group. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The role of Kurt Schroder was originally intended for Horst Buchholz. See more »

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Uncle Albrecht: Off to band practice. We are marching in the celebration parade. I don't know what we're celebrating, but we are marching.
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Escape from East Berlin
3 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

I recently saw this movie on television and it was of interest to me because back in August 2006 I visited Germany for the first time and went to Berlin. I was accompanied by German friends who live in Hamburg. One of them was working in Berlin when the Wall fell in 1989.

While in Berlin I toured the Wall museum and of course visited Checkpoint Charlie. I am a baby boomer who grew up during the Cold War and I well remember the TV footage of the Wall and of people trying to escape. Escape from East Berlin may seem rather old-fashioned today but I thought it was a gritty, true-to-life type of film, even if liberties were taken with the actual events of Tunnel 28.

It was interesting that while my German friends and I drove through Berlin, they would constantly inform me "now we are in The East" or "now we are in the West"...the same thing when we were on the Autobahn...apparently Germans still refer to "East" and "West"...it will probably take a generation of two more before East and West Berlin and East and West Germany are relegated to history in the minds of the German people.

Elaine Clearwater FL


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