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In Switzerland German singer 'Willie' falls in love with Jewish composer 'Robert' who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees. But his family thinks that 'Willie' is also a Nazi ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hanna Schygulla ... Willie
Giancarlo Giannini ... Robert
Mel Ferrer ... David Mendelsson
Karl-Heinz von Hassel Karl-Heinz von Hassel ... Henkel (as Karl Heinz von Hassel)
Erik Schumann Erik Schumann ... von Strehlow
Hark Bohm Hark Bohm ... Taschner
Gottfried John ... Aaron
Karin Baal ... Anna Lederer
Christine Kaufmann ... Miriam
Udo Kier ... Drewitz
Roger Fritz Roger Fritz ... Kauffmann
Rainer Will Rainer Will ... Bernt
Raúl Gimenez Raúl Gimenez ... Blonsky (as Raul Giminez)
Adrian Hoven ... Ginsberg
Willy Harlander Willy Harlander ... Prosel
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Storyline

In Switzerland German singer 'Willie' falls in love with Jewish composer 'Robert' who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees. But his family thinks that 'Willie' is also a Nazi and may be a risk for them. One day 'Willie' helps 'Robert' but has to stay in Germany. As Willie starts to sing the song 'Lili Marleen' she becomes very famous and every soldier hears that song via radio at 8 pm. Although even Hitler wants to meet her she still does not forget 'Robert' and helps to smuggle photos of concentration camps to the free Switzerland. When 'Robert' wants to visit her he is captured he can finally get free again but he will never see Willie again until war is over. Written by Marco Louis <Alouisius@hotline.pfalz.de>

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Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

14 January 1981 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Lili Marlene See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Budget:

DEM 10,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

West Germany's official Foreign Language Film submission at the 54th Academy Awards. The film failed to be nominated. See more »

Goofs

The German officer, Kaufmann, who arrests Robert on the train wears the uniform of an SS-Gruppenfuhrer (General) - it is highly unlikely that an SS General of such rank would be checking identity papers at random on a train. See more »

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Featured in Die Nacht der Regisseure (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Lyrics By Otto A. Harbach
Music By J. Kern (Jerome Kern)
Published in 1933, Victor
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See the German language version
15 July 2002 | by MelanieSee all my reviews

Yes, there is such a thing, despite the fact that IMDb does not currently list it.

This film is a clever examination of how hard it was NOT to become part of the Nazi system. Willie is a German singer, in love with a Swiss Jewish conductor. She returns to Germany to help her lover with the resistance, however his father - who disapproves of their relationship - has arranged that she will not be able to return to Switzerland. Stranded in Berlin, Willie is forced to use a Nazi connection just to get some work...and he just happens to be the newly appointed Cultural Director. So Willie is given the opportunity to perform and record 'Lili Marleen'. The song becomes a hit, and Hitler becomes a fan. I won't go into the rest of the plot, but be assured that there are twists and turns.

By the end of this movie, you will not be able to get the song 'Lili Marleen' out of your head as it is repeated countless times. Believe me, I saw the film last week, and I am still singing it.


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