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A Friendship in Vienna (1988)

Unrated | | Drama, History | TV Movie 27 August 1988
In 1930s Vienna, two best friends, a Jewish girl and a fascist's daughter, both witness the Nazi takeover of Austria, and question the impact it has on their lives.


Doris Orgel (book), Richard Alfieri (teleplay)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Jane Alexander ... Hannah Dournenvald
Edward Asner ... Opah Oskar Reikman
Natasha Bell Natasha Bell ... Anni
Helen Bourne Helen Bourne ... Marianne Lowberg
Luisa Bradshaw-White ... Herte
Jeremy Cagan Jeremy Cagan ... Herbert Lowberg
Magdi Darvas Magdi Darvas ... Frau Vollmer
László Dózsa László Dózsa ... Man in Church
Rosemary Forsyth ... Inge's and Lise's Main Teacher
Zoltán Gera ... Building Manager
Kamie Harper Kamie Harper ... Lise Mueller
John Hartley John Hartley ... Mueller
Richard Jaromy Richard Jaromy ... Heinz
Kenna Kendall Kenna Kendall ... Mitzi
Péter Kertész Péter Kertész ... Second SA Officer


Inge Dournenvald and Lise Mueller are best friends in pre-WW2 Austria, despite the fact that Inge is Jewish and Lise is the daughter of a Nazi sympathizer. When they are forbidden to see each other, they meet secretly. After the Germans invade Austria in 1938, Inge and her family escape to America with the help of Lise. Written by Angela Tircuit <angela2@freenet.scri.fsu.edu>

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Inge's mother, after being fired from her job, despairs about "how many employers will hire someone whose 'native tongue is Austrian'". There is no "Austrian language", but German. See more »


Inge Dournenvald: I think we both knew then that we would never see each other again. But when I look back at my life, at the people who really mattered, I see Lise. She is still the best friend I ever had.
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A family view of the effects of Naziism on two girls.
26 August 2000 | by Tom MurraySee all my reviews

Two school girls, one Jewish and one from a family who are strong Nazi supporters are close friends in Vienna in 1938. Their relationship holds fast even as the persecution of Jews grows. Some Jews are aware of the encroaching danger but others refuse to see it and many lose their last opportunity to escape it. The film gets a little maudlin at times: the girls' dialogue seems too adult and idealistic. However the story does clearly depict the insidious manner in which Naziism divided families, friends and communities and it does so in a manner suitable for people from ages 7 to adult. I give it 7/10 (enjoyable enough for one viewing).

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Release Date:

27 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amistad en Viena See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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1.33 : 1
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