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Naked Among Wolves (1963)

Nackt unter Wölfen (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 10 April 1963 (East Germany)
As rumors reach them that the Allied armies are advancing on their concentration camp at Buchenwald, Polish prisoners renew their feeble hope for survival and freedom. When a group of ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Beyer

Writers:

Bruno Apitz (novel), Bruno Apitz (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Erwin Geschonneck ... Walter Kraemer
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... André Höfel
Krystyn Wójcik Krystyn Wójcik ... Marian Kropinski
Fred Delmare ... Rudi Pippig
Viktor Avdyushko ... Leonid Bogorski
Gerry Wolff Gerry Wolff ... Herbert Bochow
Boleslaw Plotnicki ... Zacharias Jankowski
Peter Sturm Peter Sturm ... August Rose
Erik S. Klein Erik S. Klein ... Untersturmführer Reineboth
Herbert Köfer ... Hauptsturmführer Kluttig
Wolfram Handel Wolfram Handel ... Hauptscharführer Zweiling
Heinz Peter Scholz Heinz Peter Scholz ... Standartenführer Schwahl
Joachim Tomaschewsky Joachim Tomaschewsky ... Sturmbannführer Weisangk
Joachim Jablonski Joachim Jablonski ... Sturmbannführer Kamloth
Zygmunt Malanowicz ... Josef Pribula
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Storyline

As rumors reach them that the Allied armies are advancing on their concentration camp at Buchenwald, Polish prisoners renew their feeble hope for survival and freedom. When a group of prisoners is transferred from Auschwitz, a four-year-old child is smuggled into the camp in a valise. Born at Auschwitz, he is Jewish and will be killed if discovered. A group of prisoners decide to protect the child from the searching Germans, and although the kapos cannot smuggle the boy out of Buchenwald, they manage to hide him--moving from one place to another within the camp as the Nazis comb it. Threats and torture by SS men fail to turn up the boy who becomes a symbol of the struggle between captives and captors. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

East Germany

Language:

German | Polish | Czech | French | Russian

Release Date:

10 April 1963 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Naked Among Wolves See more »

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Production Co:

Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On 10 April 1963, the eve of 18th Anniversary of Buchenwald's Liberation, the film had its premiere in East Berlin's Colosseum Cinema. It was released in 24 copies in East Germany, and sold 806,915 tickets in the first year. By 1976, it had been viewed by 1.5 million people in cinemas, a number which rose to 2.5 million until 1994. See more »

Alternate Versions

East German TV version runs approx. twenty minutes longer. This version was released on DVD in 2018. See more »

Connections

Remake of Nackt unter Wölfen (1960) See more »

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Worth a look!
25 February 2007 | by nyctc7See all my reviews

For historical significance this movie deserves more than a 7, but one should rate movies based on how much one actually liked the movie, thus my 7 rating. (This still means I liked and recommend the movie!) I watched this after seeing Frank Beyer's "Jakob the Liar," and I think "Naked Among Wolves" is the better film. One of my nit-picks with these films is that the harshness and brutality of life in the ghetto or concentration camp is not fully revealed. The films are products of their times, I suppose. And one cannot make actors look like skeletons. The most brutal portrayal of the holocaust I have seen (in a non-documentary) is in the TV mini-series "War and Remembrance." Neither of Beyer's films comes close. Again, I'm sure that there was so much an East German film director in the 1960's and 70's could do. That criticism out of the way, I think that "Naked Among Wolves" is a fine film with interesting characters and performances.


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