Wings of Desire ()

Der Himmel über Berlin (original title)
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An angel tires of his purely ethereal life of merely overseeing the human activity of Berlin's residents, and longs for the tangible joys of physical existence when he falls in love with a mortal.

  • Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 19 wins & 15 nominations.
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Der Filmstar
Hans Martin Stier ...
In weiteren Rollen - Der Sterbende
Elmar Wilms ...
In weiteren Rollen - Ein trauriger Mann
Sigurd Rachman ...
In weiteren Rollen - Der Selbstmörder
Beatrice Manowski ...
In weiteren Rollen - Das Strichmädchen
Lajos Kovács ...
Im Zirkus - Marion's Trainer
Bruno Rosaz ...
Im Zirkus - Der Clown
Laurent Petitgand ...
Im Zirkus - Der Kapellmeister
Chick Ortega ...
Im Zirkus - Der Schlagzeuger (as Chico Rojo Ortega)
Otto Kuhnle ...
Im Zirkus - Die Jongleure
Christoph Merg ...
Im Zirkus - Der Jongleure
Peter Werner ...
Im Zirkus - Der Manager
Susanne Vierkötter ...
Im Zirkus
Im Zirkus
Karin Busch ...
Im Zirkus
Irene Moessinger ...
Im Zirkus (as Irene Mössinger)
Franky ...
Im Zirkus - last but not least
In der Bibliothek - Die Engel
Daniela Nasimcova ...
In der Bibliothek - Die Engel (as Daniela Nasincova)
Bernard Eisenschitz ...
In der Bibliothek - Die Engel
In der Bibliothek - Die Engel
Rolf Henke ...
In der Bibliothek - Die Engel
Scott Kirby ...
In der Bibliothek - Die Engel
Franck Glemin ...
In der Bibliothek - Die Engel
Jerry Barrish ...
Im Bunker - Der Regisseur
Jeanette Pollak ...
Im Bunker - Die Kostümbildnerin
Christian Bartels ...
Im Bunker - Der 'Hitlerjunge'
David Crome ...
Im Bunker - Der Regieassistent
Käthe Fürstenwerth ...
Im Bunker
Werner Schönrock ...
Im Bunker
Bernd Ramien ...
Im Bunker
Erika Rabau ...
Im Bunker
Silvia Blagojeva Itscherenska ...
Im Bunker (as Silvia Blagojeva)
Sultan Meral ...
Im Bunker
Olivier Picot ...
Im Bunker
Jochen Gliscinsky ...
Im Bunker
Erich Schupke ...
Im Bunker
Margarete Hafner ...
In den Altbauwohnungen
Oliver Herder ...
In den Altbauwohnungen
Margitta Haberland ...
In den Altbauwohnungen
In den Altbauwohnungen (as Jürgen Heinrichs)
Ralf Strathmann ...
In den Altbauwohnungen
Walter Ratayszak ...
In den Altbauwohnungen
Charlotte Oberberg ...
In den Altbauwohnungen
Lubinka Kostic ...
In den Altbauwohnungen
Gisela Westerboer ...
Auf der Autobahn
Andreas Valentin ...
Auf der Autobahn
Annelinde Gerstl ...
Auf der Autobahn (as Anne Gerstl)
Wolf-Dirk Vogeley ...
Auf der Autobahn (as Dirk Vogeley)
Ruth Rischke ...
Auf der Autobahn
Familie Ayik ...
Auf der Autobahn
Simon Bonney ...
Crime and The City Solution
Crime and The City Solution / Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Harry Howard ...
Crime and The City Solution
Rowland S. Howard ...
Crime and The City Solution (as Rowland Howard)
Epic Soundtracks ...
Crime and The City Solution (as Kevin Godfrey)
Self - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Thomas Wydler ...
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Roland Wolf ...
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (as Kid Congo)
Denis Rodriguez ...
Mit den Kindern
Dieta von Aster ...
Mit den Kindern
Gustav Geisler ...
Mit den Kindern
Paul Geisler ...
Mit den Kindern
Lorenz Geisler ...
Mit den Kindern
Sladjana Kostic ...
Mit den Kindern
Benedikt Schumann ...
Mit den Kindern
Nicolas Roth ...
Mit den Kindern
Marcus Stenzel ...
Mit den Kindern
Benjamin Ferchow ...
Mit den Kindern
Mario Meyer ...
Mit den Kindern
Mark Leuschner ...
Mit den Kindern
Tibor Dahlenburg ...
Mit den Kindern
Lia Harder ...
Mit den Kindern
Mascha Noak ...
Mit den Kindern
Vera Butzek ...
Mit den Kindern
Donald Behrendt ...
Mit den Kindern
Patric Kreuzer
Simone Säger
Gerdi Hofmann
Ulrike Schirm
Hans Marquardt
Heimke Karl
Klaus Mausolf
Özyer Hüsinye
Jean-Claude Lezin
Thierry Noir
Matthias Maaß
Henry Luczkow
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louis Cochet ...
Circus Spotlight Operator (uncredited)
Lina Otto ...
Mädchen im Club (uncredited)
Johanna Penski ...
Blumenverkäuferin (uncredited)

Directed by

Wim Wenders

Written by

Wim Wenders ... (screenplay by) and
Peter Handke ... (screenplay by)
Richard Reitinger ... (screenplay collaboration)
Bernard Eisenschitz ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

Anatole Dauman ... producer
Pascale Dauman ... associate producer
Joachim von Mengershausen ... associate producer
Wim Wenders ... producer
Ingrid Windisch ... executive producer

Music by

Jürgen Knieper

Cinematography by

Henri Alekan

Film Editing by

Peter Przygodda

Editorial Department

Leni Pütz-Savieto ... assistant editor (as Leni Savietto-Pütz)
Anne Schnee ... assistant editor
Philipp Orgassa ... digital restoration colorist (uncredited)
Dave Pultz ... color timer (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Heidi Lüdi

Costume Design by

Monika Jacobs

Makeup Department

Regina Huyer ... makeup artist
Victor Leitenbauer ... key makeup artist (as Viktor Leitenbauer)

Production Management

Herbert Kerz ... first unit manager
Barbara von Wrangell ... second unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Claire Denis ... first assistant director
Carola Hochgräf ... third assistant director
Knut Winkler ... second assistant director

Art Department

Peter Alteneder ... property master: outdoor
Henrik Gross ... assistant property master
Alexander Korn ... set designer
Claude Lalanne ... sculptor
Werner Mooser ... assistant set decorator
Thierry Noir ... repainter: Berlin Wall
Markus Pluta ... set designer
Peter Uhlig ... property assistant
Joost van der Velden ... sculptor (as Jost Van Der Velden)
Esther Walz ... property master: indoor

Sound Department

Axel Arft ... sound
Hartmut Eichgrün ... re-recording mixer
Lothar Mankewitz ... sound processing
Jean-Paul Mugel ... sound
Uwe Thalmann ... sound assistant
Detlev Fichtner ... sound processing (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Fritz Lehmann ... front projection
Wolfgang Schmidt ... front projection


Hans Seck ... stunt performer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Peter Ch. Arnold ... additional camera operator
Klemens Becker ... helicopter camera
Klaus Bieling ... best boy
Frank Blasberg ... second unit
Peter Braatz ... second unit
Dieter Bähr ... grip
Louis Cochet ... assistant camera
Dieter Dentzer ... lighting technician
Claus Gerling ... lighting technician
Agnès Godard ... assistant camera
Thomas Gosda ... lighting technician
Bernd Hübner ... gaffer
Klaus Krieger ... helicopter camera
Martin Kukula ... additional camera operator
Thomas Plenert ... shooter: East Berlin
Achim Poulheim ... focus puller
Ralf Strathmann ... still photographer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Brigitte Friedländer-Rodriguez ... wardrobe
Irmtraud Simon ... wardrobe (as Irmtraud 'Simone' Simon)

Music Department

Emmanuel Chamboredon ... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Gabriele Mattner ... script supervisor (as Gabi Mattner)

Transportation Department

Martin Karlinski ... production driver
Ruediger Kersting ... production driver (as Rüdiger Kersting)
Dieter Stempnierwsky ... production driver

Additional Crew

Catherine Coste ... production secretary
Pascale Dauman ... production consultant
Franck Glemin ... production assistant (as Franck Glémin)
Scott Kirby ... production assistant
Dieter Koschorrek ... bird trainer
Charlotte Laeuffer-Roll ... production cashier (as Charlotte Läufer-Roll)
Uli Mayer ... titles
Wolfgang Rapior ... caterer
Inge Ruf ... production accountant
Annette Seggert ... caterer
Chris Sievernich ... production consultant
Tilmann Vierzig ... production wizard
Ulla Zwicker ... assistant to producer
Mickey Cottrell ... publicist (uncredited)
Marie-Christine Malbert ... publicist (uncredited)
Ulla Zwicker ... production coordinator (uncredited)


Pierre Bergam ... thanks für trapeze advice
Ulla Fukosawa-Oberbeckmann ... thanks
Major Gick ... thanks
François Lehr ... thanks
Yasujirô Ozu ... dedicatee (as Yasujiro)
Andrei Tarkovsky ... dedicatee (as Andrej)
François Truffaut ... dedicatee (as François)
Barbara von Weitershausen ... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Visible only to those like them and to human children, Damiel and Cassiel are two angels, who have existed even before humankind. Along with several other angels, they currently wander around West Berlin, generally on their own, observing and preserving life, sometimes trying to provide comfort to the troubled, although those efforts are not always successful. Among those they are currently observing are: the cast and crew of a movie - a detective story set in WWII Nazi Germany - which include a sensitive and perceptive Peter Falk; an elderly man named Homer looking for eternal peace; and the troupe of a financially failing circus, which has closed early for the season because of those financial problems. One day, Damiel tells Cassiel that he wants to become human, to feel not only the sensory aspects of physical beings, but also emotional aspects. He embarks on this thought with the full realization that there is no turning back if he decides to do so. His thoughts are largely because he has fallen in love with Marion, the trapeze artist with the circus. If he does decide to become a human, there is no guarantee that as a human that he will be able to locate Marion or that she will return his affection. His angels, however, may be looking out for him. Written by Huggo

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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Les ailes du désir (France)
  • Wings of Desire (India, English title)
  • Wings of Desire (Canada, English title)
  • Wings of Desire (World-wide, English title)
  • The Sky Over Berlin (United States)
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  • 128 min
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Cumulative Worldwide Gross $5,850,809

Did You Know?

Trivia In the closing titles it says: "Dedicated to all the former angels, but especially to Yasujiro, François and Andrej." This refers to film directors Yasujirô Ozu, François Truffaut, and Andrei Tarkovsky. All were favorites of director Wim Wenders. At the time of filming "Wings of Desire" Truffaut and Tarkovsky had only recently passed away, in 1984 and 1986. Ozu died in 1963. See more »
Goofs When Cassiel (Otto Sander) is crossing the street, a bus slows down to allow him to cross the road, then accelerates once he's clear. As Cassiel is an invisible angel, the bus driver shouldn't have been able to see him. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Red Heat/A World Apart/Rikky and Pete/Poltergeist III/Wings of Desire (1988). See more »
Soundtracks Zirkusmusik See more »
Crazy Credits Dedicated to all the former angels, but especially to Yasujiro, François and Andrej. See more »
Quotes Damiel: When the child was a child, it was the time of these questions. Why am I me, and why not you? Why am I here, and why not there? When did time begin, and where does space end? Isn't life under the sun just a dream? Isn't what I see, hear, and smell just the mirage of a world before the world? Does evil actually exist, and are there people who are really evil? How can it be that I, who am I, wasn't before I was, and that sometime I, the one I am, no longer will be the one I am?
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