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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.


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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
... Hannah Dournenvald
... Opah Oskar Reikman
Natasha Bell ... Anni
Helen Bourne ... Marianne Lowberg
Luisa Bradshaw-White ... Herte
Jeremy Cagan ... Herbert Lowberg
Magdi Darvas ... Frau Vollmer
László Dózsa ... Man in Church
... Inge's and Lise's Main Teacher
Zoltán Gera ... Building Manager
Kamie Harper ... Lise Mueller
John Hartley ... Mueller
Richard Jaromy ... Heinz
Kenna Kendall ... Mitzi
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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27 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amistad en Viena  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 Moving Story, Very Nicely Done
7 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie is based on the novel 'The Devil in Vienna' by Doris Orgel. The book was written for young adults, and in diary format as told by Inge a young Jewish girl of 13 living in Vienna just before the Nazi takeover of Austria.

The movie is true to the story and the spirit of the book, and tells how these events impact Inge and her best friend Lisette (who is Catholic) and their families. The girls vow to maintain their friendship no matter what happens -- even though Lisette's father and brother are ardent Austrian Nazi's.

The girls are believable in their roles, and Ed Asner stands out as Inge's grandfather. This movie should be enjoyed by girls, as well as people interested in this time period. It especially gives interesting details on how early Nazi laws impacted schools and day to day Jewish lives in Vienna.

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