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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:

A true story that proves the voice is mightier than the sword. 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:

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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 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

In this film, Heino Ferch and Ulrich Noethen play Jews who are persecuted by the Nazi Regime. In Downfall (2004), Ferch played Albert Speer and Noethen played Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler. 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

Harry Frommermann: [to Robert Biberti after a successful concert, where Harry made the audience laugh] Am I a donkey, cause I'm your friend or am I your friend because I'm a donkey?
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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

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Soundtracks

The Way with Every Sailor (Das ist die Liebe der Matrosen)
Music by Werner R. Heymann and lyrics by Robert Gilbert
Performed by Comedian Harmonists
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politics and music don't mix
27 December 2003 | by cellomixSee all my reviews

Excellent example of how politics should stay out of art (e.g. Shostakovich in Stalin's time and blacklisting of artists in US in McCarthy era). This movie draws the viewer in - what will happen to the members of the group? Will they survive Hitler's Germany? Realistic portrayals of both squabbling and camaraderie that exists inside creative groups. Well-photographed in proper time period fashions and decor, music pleasing to the ear. A real treat!


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