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The Heathens of Kummerow (1967)

Die Heiden von Kummerow und ihre lustigen Streiche (original title)




Complete credited cast:
Paul Dahlke ... Pastor Breithaupt
Ralf Wolter Ralf Wolter ... Krischan
Fritz Tillmann Fritz Tillmann ... Müller Düker
Rainer Penkert Rainer Penkert ... Grambauer / Narrator
Theo Lingen ... Sanftleben
Günther Jerschke ... Niemeier
Wolfgang Jansen Wolfgang Jansen ... Josef
Jochen Sehrndt Jochen Sehrndt ... Christian Wendland
Hans Klering ... Nachtwächter Bärensprung
Horst Kube Horst Kube ... Bauer Trebbin
Irene Korb Irene Korb ... Hermine Breithaupt
Tatjana Iwanow Tatjana Iwanow ... Frau Düker
Angela Brunner Angela Brunner ... Luise Bärensprung
Erika Müller-Fürstenau Erika Müller-Fürstenau ... Frau Grambauer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karin Heidemann Karin Heidemann ... Ulrike Breithaupt


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Comedy | Family

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Release Date:

21 December 1967 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Color (Orwocolor)
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This was the first co-production between East and West Germany. See more »


Followed by Die Gerechten von Kummerow (1982) See more »

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One of the greates German movies
27 December 2017 | by professortikiSee all my reviews

The entertaining film is about a little village in Western Pomeria, Germany, before WW1. It is based on a novel by Ehm Welk, who wrote it in 1937, despite living under occupational ban by the Nazi government. The story gives a fond insight in the way people lived in the "good old days", when Germany still was a monarchy under Kaiser Wilhelm. However big politics never reach the remote world of the people in this story. Instead they solve their problems with their own rural politics. The picture of an old tripartite society is painted with a whimsical smile and a dash of anarchism, that adds to the lightness of the subject. Although never leaving the layer of a family movie, that can be watched well during the christmas days, the film accomplishes remarkable depth. It's emotions range from laughter to crying, presented in an unsentimental brash way. The overall acting is superb, which includes about a dozen children. This film is an underestimated jewel. The older it gets, the more it shows what we lost today: emotions based on real life, instead of the shallow sensations of modern media entetainment.

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