7.3/10
868
8 user 4 critic

Die Schweizermacher (1978)

Foreigners who apply to become Swiss citizens have no easy task - especially when the police lets Bodmer loose to check upon their background, their integration in the society, and the ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Der Berg (1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Markus Imhoof
Stars: Susanne Lothar, Mathias Gnädinger, Peter Simonischek
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Péter Bacsó
Stars: Tibor Orbán, Nóra Káldi, László Tahi Tóth
Tema (1979)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A self-pitying but popular playwright drives to Vladimir to relax with a doting female student and another writer. He's convinced his writing is of no lasting value, but he still has an ego... See full summary »

Director: Gleb Panfilov
Stars: Mikhail Ulyanov, Inna Churikova, Stanislav Lyubshin
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

1943 in occupied Byelorussia. It tells the story of Franz, an SS soldier who deserts, and Polina, a Byelorussian woman whose village is massacred.

Director: Mikhail Segal
Stars: Adrian Topol, Svetlana Ivanova, Tamara Mironova
Boz salkyn (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Asema, a Kyrgyz city girl wisiting her boyfriends family in the countryside, is mistaken for a villager and accidentally kidnapped by Sagyn, a young shepard who was too shy to ask the young... See full synopsis »

Director: Ernest Abdyjaparov
Stars: Asem Toktobekova, Tynchtyk Abylkasymov, Siezdbek Iskenaliev
Vremya zhatvy (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Winner of a Golden Plaque award at the Chicago International Film Festival "for its complex and poetic evocation of an ambiguous period in Soviet history," Marina Razbezhkina's debut film ... See full summary »

Director: Marina Razbezhkina
Stars: Lyudmila Motornaya, Vyacheslav Batrakov, Dmitri Yakovlev
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Paul and Paula have had bad experiences with love: Paul is financially well off but has lost all affection for his wife, and Paula leads a troublesome life raising two children on her own. ... See full summary »

Director: Heiner Carow
Stars: Angelica Domröse, Winfried Glatzeder, Heidemarie Wenzel
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Shopkeeper Victor Garnier has naively invested his family's life savings in an African mine, on his banker's recommendation. When the mine is nationalized, rendering the stock worthless, he... See full summary »

Director: Jean Girault
Stars: Louis de Funès, Yvonne Clech, Jean-Pierre Marielle
Alice (1990)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A spoiled Manhattan housewife re-evaluates her life after visiting a Chinatown healer.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Mia Farrow, William Hurt, Joe Mantegna
Posleslovie (1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Marlen Khutsiev
Stars: Rostislav Plyatt, Andrey Myagkov
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young Native Canadian (First Nations person) fights to keep her culture and identity when she is abducted to a residential school.

Director: Bruce Pittman
Stars: Michelle St. John, Kim Bruisedhead Fox, Marianne Jones
Besa (2009)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

At the very beginning of the World War I, Filip, a Serb and the principal of a gymnasium in a small Serbian town, is summoned urgently to Belgrade to serve in the war effort. He has no one ... See full summary »

Director: Srdjan Karanovic
Stars: Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Iva Krajnc, Radivoje Bukvic
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Emil Steinberger ... Moritz Fischer
Walo Lüönd ... Max Bodmer
Beatrice Kessler ... Milena Vakulic
Wolfgang Stendar ... Dr. Helmut Starke
Hilde Ziegler ... Gertrud Starke
Claudio Caramaschi ... Franceso Grimolli
Silvia Jost ... Sandra Grimolli
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ulrich Beck ... Sprachlaborlehrer
Josi Berlinger
Gigi Bertolini
Tino Bertrand
Dore De Rosa
Paul Epstein
Aviva Joel
Monika Koch
Edit

Storyline

Foreigners who apply to become Swiss citizens have no easy task - especially when the police lets Bodmer loose to check upon their background, their integration in the society, and the possible danger they represent to the orderliness and cleanliness of the country. Bodmer gets a new assistant to help him corner unsuitable applicants. Very soon, a couple of conformist German physicians, a pretty Eastern European dancer, and the inevitable (and politically troublesome) Italian immigrant and his family start shooting themselves in the foot in their attempts to get the red passport with a white cross. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

Release Date:

12 October 1979 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Hogyan csináljunk svájcit?  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1970s the Yugoslav passport was one of the best in the world for travel. As stated in Munevera Hadzisehovic's book, "A Muslim Woman in Tito's Yugoslavia", the Yugoslav passport has been described as highly regarded and that with it immigrants were able to find jobs among European firms trading with the East and other countries. It was also described as 'one of the most convenient in the world, as it was one of the few with which a person could travel freely through both the East and West' during the cold war (Ruud Van Dijk's "Encyclopedia of the Cold War"). See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Swissmakers : A Rolf Lyssy film about a man who creates new Swiss citizens.
16 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

The idea of an object and its creator is important to ascertain their relationship. It is important as a lot is spoken about the creator who is solely responsible for giving life to his creation. It is with this idea in mind that Swiss director Rolf Lyssy decided to shoot an intelligent film about people who are involved in "making Swiss people". One might wonder how people can be made ? The Swissmakers presents a very macho yet safe view about people who recommend names of persons who would be granted Swiss citizenship to become Swiss citizens. As Switzerland is a prosperous nation, certain guidelines have been prepared by Swiss government in order to discipline foreigners/immigrants. One can be sure that if watched with alert eyes, viewers can learn how bureaucracy can meddle with ordinary people's lives. If things are bad for some people then it can make a real mess of their cherished dreams of becoming Swiss citizens. The Swissmakers is more than 38 years old but it continues to exercise tremendous influence on all those who would like to call Switzerland their new home.


1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed