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Die Flucht ()


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When Dr. Schmith's (Armin Mueller-Stahl) proposal for international research on infant mortality is rejected, he decides to leave East Germany and strikes a deal with an escape agency that... See more »

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Schmidt
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Katharina
Erika Pelikowsky ...
Mittenzwei
Wilhelm Koch-Hooge ...
Meissner
Karin Gregorek ...
Gudrun
Simone von Zglinicki ...
Frau Seebohm
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Der Runde
Winfried Glatzeder ...
Zeiske
Gerhard Bienert ...
Schmidts Vater
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Trude Bechmann
Guillermo Carvajal
Carl Heinz Choynski
Johanna Clas
Hans Feldner
Heinz Hupfer
Karl Höhne
Jürgen Jahn
Gertraud Klawitter
Volkmar Kleinert
Dietrich Laube
Horst Lebinsky ...
(as Horst Lebinski)
Walter Lendrich
Gabriele Methner
Ilias Moraitis
Günter Rüger
Theo Scheibler
Günter Schubert
Erika Stiska
Theresia Wider
Marianne Wünscher

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Roland Gräf

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Christel Gräf ... (dramaturgue)
 
Roland Gräf ... ()
 
Hannes Hüttner ... ()

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Günther Fischer

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Claus Neumann

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Monika Schindler

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Georg Wratsch

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Inge Kistner ... (as Ingeborg Kistner)

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Lothar Stäglich ... makeup artist
Rosemarie Stäglich ... makeup artist

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Herbert Ehler ... production manager
Peter Gärtner ... unit manager
Werner Teichmann ... unit manager

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Eleonore Dressel ... assistant director
Helge Trimpert ... assistant director

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Klaus-Dieter Lange ... property master
Senta Ochs ... stage maker
Kurt Pentzien ... property master: outdoor
Arthur Stenzel ... stage maker

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Christian Müller ... sound
Christfried Sobczyk ... sound mixer

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Frank Bredow ... assistant camera
Klaus Goldmann ... still photographer
Klaus Wawrzyniak ... lighting technician

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Plot Summary

When Dr. Schmith's (Armin Mueller-Stahl) proposal for international research on infant mortality is rejected, he decides to leave East Germany and strikes a deal with an escape agency that promises him a leading position at a children's hospital in West Germany. But then the decision is reversed: the project is approved and his international colleagues want Dr. Schmith to head the GDR section. Moreover, he falls in love with his new colleague, Katharina (Jenny Gröllmann). Schmith initially tries to ignore the arrangements he made with the escape agency, but they blackmail him. Things soon turn deadly... As the topic of escaping to the West was taboo in the GDR, The Flight is an exception in East German film history. The film, which won the Grand Prix at the Karoly Vary International Film Festival in 1978, was the last one Armin Mueller-Stahl made at the East German DEFA studios. In 1980, only two years after the release of the film, he left East Germany for the West because of professional restrictions imposed upon him after he joined protests against the expatriation of the dissident singer/songwriter Wolf Biermann. Written by DEFA Film Library

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Also Known As
  • The Flight (World-wide, English title)
  • Tentative de fuite (France)
  • A szökés (Hungary)
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  • 94 min
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