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Das Versprechen (1994)

East-Berlin, 1961, shortly after the erection of the Wall. Konrad, Sophie and three of their friends plan a daring escape to Western Germany. The attempt is successful, except for Konrad, ... See full summary »

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Peter Schneider (dialogue), Felice Laudadio | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meret Becker ... Sophie I
Corinna Harfouch ... Sophie II
Anian Zollner Anian Zollner ... Konrad I
August Zirner ... Konrad II
Susanne Ugé Susanne Ugé ... Barbara I
Eva Mattes ... Barbara II
Pierre Besson Pierre Besson ... Harald I
Hans Kremer Hans Kremer ... Harald II
Dieter Mann Dieter Mann ... Konrad's Father
Simone von Zglinicki Simone von Zglinicki ... Konrad's mother (as Simone von Zglienicki)
Ruth Glöss Ruth Glöss ... Konrad's grandmother
Christian Herschmann Christian Herschmann ... Alexander (12 years)
Joerg Meister Joerg Meister ... Alexander - 20 years (as Jörg Meister)
Jean-Yves Gautier Jean-Yves Gautier ... Gérard
Ulrike Krumbiegel Ulrike Krumbiegel ... Elisabeth
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Storyline

East-Berlin, 1961, shortly after the erection of the Wall. Konrad, Sophie and three of their friends plan a daring escape to Western Germany. The attempt is successful, except for Konrad, who remains behind. From then on, and for the next 28 years, Konrad and Sophie will attempt to meet again, in spite of the Iron Curtain. Konrad, who has become a reputed Astrophysicist, tries to take advantage of scientific congresses outside Eastern Germany to arrange encounters with Sophie. But in a country where the political police, the Stasi, monitors the moves of all suspicious people (such as Konrad's sister Barbara and her husband Harald), preserving one's privacy, ideals and self-respect becomes an exhausting fight, even as the Eastern block begins its long process of disintegration. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Eine Liebe, eine Hoffnung, eine Mauer.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sex, and for language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Germany | France | Switzerland

Language:

German

Release Date:

3 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La promesse See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$91,145
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo
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Quotes

[When the Berlin Wall comes down]
Woman: When the cage opens after thirty years, you can't fly anymore.
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Featured in Auge in Auge - Eine deutsche Filmgeschichte (2008) See more »

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23 December 2007 | by fcvancaraSee all my reviews

I can only praise the makers of this film, because many people did not experience it and unhappily, some do not want to hear about it. A female friend of mine recently told me, that now she knows why the Berlin Wall was built. Why, I asked. "Because the Russians didn't want the Americans to come in." It would be laughable, if it wasn't so sad. This is a person with university education and supposedly she never heard of people trying to get out of East Berlin or other communist countries. Most people form their opinions in their youth and many are not able to change their minds and admit to themselves, let alone to others, that they were wrong. Simply they ignore the facts. By the way, even after the wall went up, the Americans still could go to East Berlin, if they so desired. It was built to keep ordinary people in, because East Germans were leaving through Berlin in alarming numbers.


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