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Christiane F. (1981)

Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (original title)
A teen girl in 1970's Berlin becomes addicted to heroin. Everything in her life slowly begins to distort and disappear as she befriends a small crew of junkies and falls in love with a drug-abusing male prostitute.

Director:

Uli Edel (as Ulrich Edel)

Writers:

Uli Edel (additional writer), Kai Hermann (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eberhard Auriga Eberhard Auriga ... Alter Fixer
Natja Brunckhorst ... Christiane
Peggy Bussieck Peggy Bussieck ... Puppi
Lothar Chamski Lothar Chamski ... Rolf
Rainer Woelk Rainer Woelk ... Leiche (as Rainer Wölk)
Uwe Diderich Uwe Diderich ... Klaus
Jan Georg Effler Jan Georg Effler ... Bernd
Ellen Esser Ellen Esser ... Kessis Mutter
Andreas Fuhrmann Andreas Fuhrmann ... Atze
Thomas Haustein Thomas Haustein ... Detlev
Lutz Hemmerling Lutz Hemmerling ... Bienenstich
Daniela Jaeger Daniela Jaeger ... Kessi
Bernhard Janson Bernhard Janson ... Milan
Jens Kuphal Jens Kuphal ... Axel
Christiane Lechle Christiane Lechle ... Christianes Mutter
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Storyline

This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14-year-old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-story apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by 'The Sound', a new disco with the most modern equipment. Although legally she's too young, she asks a friend to take her. There, she meets Detlef, who's in a clique where everybody's on drugs. Step by step she gets drawn deeper into the scene. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

2 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christiane F. See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

DEM4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Many extras and background artists appearing in the Sound Club and Railway Station scenes were real life youth, drug addicts, and prostitutes who were found by the production for the sequences involving crowds. See more »

Goofs

After Christiane meets two friends inside of the Zoo station building, all three leave through a door looking for Detlef (Christiane's boyfriend) where the male prostitutes stand in line. One of her friends (Axel) wears flares-type light blue jeans inside the station, but outside he suddenly wears slim-fit dark blue jeans. See more »

Crazy Credits

Dedicated to: Andreas W. "Atze" (1960 - 77), Axel W. (1960 - 77), Babette D. "Babsi" (1963 - 77) and all others who didn't have the luck and strength to survive. See more »

Alternate Versions

French DVD release includes a French-language dubbed version running 125 minutes. See more »

Connections

Features Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Warszawa
Written by David Bowie (as Bowie)/Brian Eno (as Eno)
RCA Records
Courtesy Rolf-Budde-Verlag, Berlin
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Twenty years later
28 November 2004 | by JLongo-1See all my reviews

This powerful and shocking movie is an adaption from the bestselling book based on the true story of Christiane F. Having lived in Berlin until the mid 80's and being the same age as Christiane F. I can only stress the authencity of both book and movie. Berlin was a dark and depressing city at the time, yet a true metropolis with all its problems. You didn't have to be part of the "drug scene" to notice it everywhere in the downtown and surrounding area. Strung out junkies hitting you up for money in subway stations, streetwalkers, prostitutes at the Bahnhof Zoo ... the magazine article, followed by the book and movie just kind of brought it out in the open and documented the problem. The movie is still relevant 20 years later, one just have to put it a bit in perspective.

The soundtrack with David Bowie's music (newly rereleased on CD) is powerful and fits the overall mood perfect. Note: Christiane F. continued to struggle with her drug addiction until 1996 when she had her son. She lives in Berlin.


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