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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 »

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Details

Official Sites:

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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

With very few exceptions, all vocal performances heard during the movie were original recordings of the 1930's group. The old material was de-noised and digitally enhanced. See more »

Goofs

During the performance on the USS Saratoga, black sailors are shown on the vessel mixed with white sailors. The navy did not integrate until 1949. 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 »

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Soundtracks

Ein bisschen Leichtsinn kann nicht schaden
Performed by Comedian Harmonists
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20 May 2003 | by kwiitalaSee all my reviews

Comedian Harmonists

The Comedian Harmonists was a wonderful film that I would recommend to anyone who doesn't mind watching a foreign film. This is a true story about a German musical group of six men. They are a comical group that based their style on a popular American group, the Revelers. The Comedian Harmonists gained their fame and popularity during the time when Hitler came into power. These men were loved by all even the Nazi soldiers, but ironically three of the six men happened to be Jewish. And just like the rest of the Jewish of people during Hitler's rule, they were not able to continue to lead their normal lives, celebrities or not. You see spectacular scenes in this film were the group performs and you get good examples of the harsh treatment of the Jews by the Nazi. There is a love triangle with in the group that brings out a steady stream of character development. This with the racial segregation makes all of the character come to term with their futures. There was a wonderful performance by the entire cast; I could not imagine any other actors or actress for the roles. The lighting and sound of the movie was good, with great shots to go with them. Overall this is a wonderful film.


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