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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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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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I'm an 18 year old male college student, read my thoughts.
11 October 1999 | by cclauseSee all my reviews

Hello, I viewed Das Versprechen in Germany during the summer of 1997. Like most guys, I prefer the action genre, blood and guts and so. I appreciate good love stories, but usually don't take to them. My favorite genre is that containing art films and whimsical films(i.e. A Night on Earth, Il Mostro) I do not usually get emotional during a love story inspired film, but I did during this one. It certainly was not close to the depth of say Sophie's Choice, however it was an extremely well done film. I highly recommend taking a couple of hours to watch this film, after seeing it, one will feel better about one's person.


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