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Karbid und Sauerampfer (1963)

After the second World War, Dresden has a lot of reconstructing to do. To get the cigarette factory he once worked for running again, Kalle has to travel to Wittenberg - the only place ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erwin Geschonneck ... Kalle
Marita Böhme Marita Böhme ... Karla
Manja Behrens Manja Behrens ... Clara
Margot Busse Margot Busse ... Karin
Werner Möhring Werner Möhring ... Peter
Peter Dommisch Peter Dommisch ... Paul
Fred Delmare ... Kutscher
Bruno Carstens Bruno Carstens ... Polizeikommissar
Aleksei Presnetsov ... Sowjetischer Kommandant (as A. M. Presnezow)
L.P. Svetlov L.P. Svetlov ... Wirtschaftsoffizier (as L.P. Swetlow)
Kurt Rackelmann Kurt Rackelmann ... Riese
Rudolf Asmus Rudolf Asmus ... Sänger
Fred Ludwig Fred Ludwig ... Ganove
Günter Rüger Günter Rüger ... Mann mit Marmeladeneimer
Fritz Diez ... Arbeiter (as Fritz Dietz)


After the second World War, Dresden has a lot of reconstructing to do. To get the cigarette factory he once worked for running again, Kalle has to travel to Wittenberg - the only place where carbide can be found. Once there, Kalle finds himself in the unfortunate situation of having to hitchhike his way back to Dresden, transporting seven heavy barrels of carbide. However, his inventiveness and optimistic attitude help transform the grueling task into an adventurous, entertaining, and funny journey. Written by c.winter

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Release Date:

27 December 1963 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Carbide and Sorrel See more »

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Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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1.37 : 1
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The movie is based on the story of Richard Hartmann - who was more successful (he managed to transfer nine or ten barrels to a cigarette company in Dresden) but did not experience as many adventures (for instance, he did not travel down the Elbe on an American boat or sleep with any woman on his trip). Scriptwriter Hans Oliva read about Hartmann's experience in a newspaper which also reported, incorrectly, that the man had died while on his trip. To everyone's great surprise, Hartmann contacted DEFA-Filmstudios after the release of the film and a meeting with actor Erwin Geschonneck was arranged. See more »

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Comedic odyssey to deliver rebuilding material after WW2.
29 April 2007 | by VortrekSee all my reviews

Filmed by the famous East German DEFA studio, this 1963 film looks back at the immediate post war life in the Soviet zone of defeated Germany in 1945. As such, political notes are not to be missed. The one American character is a stupid Army officer with incredibly ugly teeth patrolling the Elbe River in a nice little motorboat. On the other hand, a Soviet officer is a handsome, intelligent, decent man. There are ruins, but people aren't in absolute misery; they're rebuilding the future. This film does not have the despair and nihilism of the real Truemmer Filme produced in the early post war years. Geshonneck delivers an excellent character, an Anthony Quinn with a subtler touch. Despite the political touches, this is a sweet comedy, the type that keeps you smiling, not guffawing. A good film for people interested in post War Europe, even if it looks back with a telescope of almost twenty years.

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