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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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Taglines:

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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Details

Official Sites:

Official Release Site

Country:

Germany | Austria

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

25 December 1997 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Harmonists See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

DEM 3,989,063 (Germany), 28 December 1997, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,141, 14 March 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$479,828, 9 May 1999
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Becker and Meret Becker, who play lovers here, are brother and sister in real life. Otto Sander (1941-2013), who plays Bruno Levy, was the Becker siblings' real-life stepfather. See more »

Goofs

In the movie the "Comedian Harmonists" are saying that they weren't performing after their last German concert anymore and the Jewish members left Germany soon after that. While the performing ban was set on 1st May 1934 they were still performing in foreign regions, like New York, Oslo etc. The Jewish members left Germany in the middle of 1935. See more »

Quotes

Harry Frommermann: [while being in New York] Why don't we stay here?
Roman Cycowski: Yes, why not?
Erich A. Collin: Our contacts, our bank accounts, our wifes.
Roman Cycowski: Interesting order, Erich.
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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

Irgendwo auf der Welt
Music by Werner R. Heymann and lyrics by Robert Gilbert
Performed by Comedian Harmonists
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Great Music, Tedious Film
21 April 2001 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

Even though I have been addicted to the Comedian Harmonists ever since I nicked one of their records from my grandma's collection when I was an innocent little kid (which consequently caused me a great deal of social suffering, because my peers were into Kiss or Van Halen at a time when I was humming "Mein kleiner grüner Kaktus"), I found it hard to sit through this movie. Vilsmaier is very adept at spotting interesting movie material (such as Stalingrad or Marlene Dietrich), at financing and marketing his productions, and signing up A - list actors; but his directing is wooden and painting - by - numbers, the movies themselves are tripe. If you are interested in the Comedian Harmonists I recommend you watch the 1976 documentary instead.


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