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The Harmonists (1997)

Comedian Harmonists (original title)
The film chronicles the rise and fall of Germany's most famous a capella group, the Comedian Harmonists, in 1930s Germany.

Director:

Joseph Vilsmaier

Writers:

Jürgen Büscher (story), Klaus Richter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Becker ... Robert Biberti
Heino Ferch ... Roman Cycowski
Ulrich Noethen ... Harry Frommermann
Heinrich Schafmeister ... Erich A. Collin
Max Tidof ... Ari Leschnikoff
Kai Wiesinger ... Erwin Bootz
Meret Becker ... Erna Eggstein
Katja Riemann ... Mary Cycowski
Noemi Fischer Noemi Fischer ... Chantal, Collin's Girlfriend
Dana Vávrová ... Ursula Bootz
Otto Sander ... Bruno Levy
Michaela Rosen Michaela Rosen ... Ramona, the Madame
Günter Lamprecht Günter Lamprecht ... Eric Charell
Gérard Semaan Gérard Semaan ... Roman's Father
Rolf Hoppe ... Gauleiter Streicher
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Storyline

Comedian Harmonists tells the story of a famous, German male sextet, five vocals and piano, the "Comedian Harmonists", from the day they meet first in 1927 to the day in 1934, when they become banned by the upcoming Nazis, because three of them are Jewish. Written by Markus Mühlbauer <muehlbauer@ubaclu.unibas.ch>

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Eine Legende kehrt zurück. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

As correctly shown in the movie every member of the Comedian Harmonists had to pay penalty when coming too late. One minute being too late costed indeed 3 Reichsmark, 5 minute too late was 5 Reichsmarks. And as shown in the movie, Erwin Bootz was the most unpunctual member. See more »

Goofs

The same building is shown as an exterior establishing shot for both a hotel in Paris and an apartment building in Berlin. See more »

Quotes

[the group has just been informed that, effective after that night's show, they are banned from performing in Germany. Roman undoes his collar, refusing to go on]
Roman Cycowski: No power on Earth can force me to sing in this country again.
Harry Frommermann: Roman, please.
[the audience begins clapping for the group to come out on stage]
Harry Frommermann: Don't you hear that? Those are our fans. At least for tonight. Do you guys understand? Our fans.
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Crazy Credits

After the movie, before the end credits, a photo of the real Comedian Harmonists is shown. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Bill Clinton Interview (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Marie, Marie
Written by Johannes Brandt and Marc Roland
Performed by Comedian Harmonists
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User Reviews

A Masterpiece, but...
20 July 1999 | by Gecko-13See all my reviews

Comedian Harmonists is truly a masterpiece! It shows that many Germans suffered under Hitler and the nazi regime too! But I can't understand why this great movie is rated R in US? The German rating is 6(!)! In my opinion especially young children should watch "Comedian Harmonists" to learn more about humanity and the hard life in hard times.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Germany | Austria

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

25 December 1997 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,141, 14 March 1999

Gross USA:

$244,861

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$244,861
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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