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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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Did You Know?

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

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

Robert Biberti: What are you talking about? America! This is the world capital of the entertainment. That's the hardest competition. They were just waiting for us. We don't even speak english. Entertainment industry? This is the jungle here. We would be lost. You are crazy. No way.
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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

References The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) See more »

Soundtracks

Marie, Marie
Written by Johannes Brandt and Marc Roland
Performed by Comedian Harmonists
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Great Movie
11 March 2001 | by denbasSee all my reviews

I love this movie, it is a wonderful movie. I cried when the Comedian Harmonists had to make their last show and they sang "Auf Wiedersehen, my dear". A fantastic movie with many beautiful songs, "Mein kleiner grüner Kaktus" or "Irgendwo auf der Welt", just to mention two. See this movie!!!!


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