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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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Narrator: [first lines - over images of the raising of the Berlin Wall] In August, 1961, the world was already divided. But no one ever dreamt of this long border reaching it's full height. Moscow had the copyright for the concept and execution. West German firms delivered the barbed wire.
German speaker: An unjust regime committed a new injustice.
Harry S. Truman: We want you to know that the pledge we have given to the freedom of West Berlin has been...
Narrator: The West protested. Threatened. Lamented. The wall grew. All arteries between the ...
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Featured in Die Neugier immer weiter treiben (1995) See more »

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A Brilliant Drama of Romance and Distance
6 October 2000 | by ccarroll1See all my reviews

This is one my favorite movies of all time. I've read most of the negative comments on this one, and I agree with most of the criticisms.

Nevertheless, despite some uneven patches in the storyline, this is one of the few movies I've seen that has real characters with real lives that I at least can relate to. This movie ultimately is about humanity and how distance and proximity to what one loves and hates twists around who we really are inside.


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