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Stalingrad (1993)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 21 January 1993 (Germany)
The story follows a group of German soldiers, from their Italian R&R in the summer of 1942 to the frozen steppes of Soviet Russia and ending with the battle for Stalingrad.

Director:

Joseph Vilsmaier
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3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dominique Horwitz ... Fritz Reiser
Thomas Kretschmann ... Hans von Witzland
Jochen Nickel ... Manfred Rohleder 'Rollo'
Sebastian Rudolph ... Gege
Dana Vávrová ... Irina
Martin Benrath ... General Hentz
Sylvester Groth ... Otto
Karel Hermánek ... Hauptmann Musk
Heinz Emigholz ... Edgar
Ferdinand Schuster Ferdinand Schuster ... Double Edgar
Oliver Broumis ... HGM
Dieter Okras Dieter Okras ... Hauptmann Haller
Zdenek Vencl Zdenek Vencl ... Wölk
Mark Kuhn Mark Kuhn ... Pflüger
Thorsten Bolloff Thorsten Bolloff ... Feldmann
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Storyline

A depiction of the brutal battle of Stalingrad, the Third Reich's 'high water mark', as seen through the eyes of German officer Hans von Witzland and his battalion. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Bis zum letzten Mann... (Till the last man)

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The soldiers at the award-ceremony receive the "General Assault Badge". See more »

Goofs

In the pre-credits it says that the German 6th Army was, at the start of the of battle at Stalingrad, commanded by Generaloberst (Colonel General) Paulus. Paulus was however promoted to Generaloberst first on 30 November 1942. See more »

Quotes

Otto: It's nice to spend some time dying together.
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Connections

Referenced in Enemy at the Gates (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Santa Lucia
(uncredited)
Traditional, transcribed by Teodoro Cottrau
Heard as the troops leave Italy on the train
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Brutal, heartbreaking, & realistic portrayal of the bloodiest battle ever fought.
27 March 2003 | by ItemCo16527See all my reviews

I first saw Stalingrad about 7 years ago and to this day it still hits me as hard as the first time I watched it. It is the story of Leutnant von Witzland, Unteroffizier Rohleder, Obergefreiter Reiser, and Oberschütze Müller and their desperate fight for survival in the deadliest battle in the history of war: STALINGRAD. The film starts off in Italy in the summer of 1942 where their platoon is resting following heavy combat in North Africa. Soon they are on a train heading for the Eastern Front. The men of 1st Platoon laugh and joke, play games, write letters home, and enjoy the view of western Russia as they head for the Ukraine. This is as light-hearted as the film gets. What follows is a very accurate and graphic portrayal of the infamous battle. It pulls no punches. It's main antagonist is Hauptmann Haller, a field police officer who thinks nothing of allowing his men to abuse and murder Russian and Ukrainian prisoners. At one point he lines up a group of civilians and has them shot saying they were partisans.

The combat scenes themselves are even more horrific. In one scene a German soldier hits a Russian over the head with a shovel as the Russian is trying to kill Ltn. von Witzland. In another scene a German soldier is cut in half by a Russian tank shell. There are many other gruesome scenes in the film, but they are necessary. The world has to see what happened in the Battle of Stalingrad. To see its brutality. To have its heart broken at the horrendous waste of the soldiers' lives. Over 2 million people lost there lives. Only 6000 of Field Marshal Paulus' 250,000-man 6th Army survived the battle. As with the battle, the film itself does not have a happy ending. And that's the way it should be. And as you watch this film, remember one thing, not every German soldier who fought in the war was a criminal. They were mostly decent people caught up in events well beyond their control.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | Russian

Release Date:

21 January 1993 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,882, 29 May 1995

Gross USA:

$152,972

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,972
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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