Wings of Desire ()

Der Himmel über Berlin (original title)
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An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

  • Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 19 wins & 13 nominations.
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Peter Falk
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
Didier Flamand ...
In der Bibliothek - Die Engel
Rolf Henke ...
In der Bibliothek - Die Engel
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
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
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
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
Ozyer 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)
Bernard Eisenschitz ... () (uncredited)
Richard Reitinger ... () (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

Philipp Orgassa ... digital restoration colorist
Anne Schnee ... assistant editor
Dave Pultz ... color timer (uncredited)

Production Design by

Heidi Lüdi

Set Decoration by

Esther Walz

Costume Design by

Monika Jacobs

Makeup Department

Regina Huyer ... makeup artist
Victor Leitenbauer ... makeup artist

Production Management

Herbert Kerz ... production 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
Thierry Noir ... repainter: Berlin Wall

Sound Department

Axel Arft ... sound mixer
Hartmut Eichgrün ... re-recording mixer
Detlev Fichtner ... sound processing
Lothar Mankewitz ... sound processing
Jean-Paul Mugel ... sound mixer
Uwe Thalmann ... boom operator


Hans Seck ... stunt performer

Camera and Electrical Department

Peter Ch. Arnold ... additional camera operator
Klemens Becker ... aerial cinematographer
Klaus Bieling ... best boy
Frank Blasberg ... second unit
Peter Braatz ... second unit
Dieter Bähr ... grip
Louis Cochet ... assistant camera
Claus Gerling ... electrician
Agnès Godard ... assistant camera
Thomas Gosda ... electrician
Bernd Hübner ... gaffer
Klaus Krieger ... helicopter camera
Martin Kukula ... additional camera operator
Achim Poulheim ... first assistant camera
Ralf Strathmann ... still photographer
Peter Uhlig ... second assistant camera

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Brigitte Friedländer-Rodriguez ... wardrobe

Location Management

Barbara von Wrangell ... unit location manager

Music Department

Emmanuel Chamboredon ... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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

Transportation Department

Dieter Stempnierwsky ... transportation

Other crew

Catherine Coste ... production secretary
Franck Glemin ... production assistant
Scott Kirby ... production assistant
Marie-Christine Malbert ... publicist
Inge Ruf ... production accountant
Chris Sievernich ... production consultant
Tilmann Vierzig ... production wizard
Ulla Zwicker ... assistant to producer / production coordinator
Mickey Cottrell ... publicist (uncredited)


Yasujirô Ozu ... dedicatee (as Yasujiro)
Andrei Tarkovsky ... dedicatee (as Andrzej)
François Truffaut ... dedicatee (as François)

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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 (World-wide, English title)
  • The Sky Over Berlin (United States)
  • Wings of Desire (United States)
  • The Sky Above Berlin (United States)
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  • 128 min
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Box Office

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 is crossing the street, there is a bus coming. You can hear the bus driver let off the accelerator to allow the actor to pass, and then accelerate when he is clear. But the character is an angel, which adults cannot see, yet by the sound of the bus, it is clear that the bus driver sees him. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012). 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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