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Sun Alley (1999)

Sonnenallee (original title)
A group of kids grow up on the short, wrong (east) side of the Sonnenallee in Berlin, right next to one of the few border crossings between East and West reserved for German citizens. The ... See full summary »

Director:

Leander Haußmann

Writers:

Thomas Brussig (screenplay), Leander Haußmann (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Scheer ... Michael 'Micha' Ehrenreich
Alexander Beyer ... Mario
Robert Stadlober ... Wuschel
Teresa Weißbach Teresa Weißbach ... Miriam Sommer
Detlev Buck Detlev Buck ... ABV
Katharina Thalbach ... Mutter Ehrenreich
Henry Hübchen Henry Hübchen ... Vater Ehrenreich
Ignaz Kirchner Ignaz Kirchner ... Onkel Heinz
Annika Kuhl Annika Kuhl ... Sabine Ehrenreich
Elena Meißner Elena Meißner ... Sabrina
Horst Lebinsky Horst Lebinsky ... Grenzer
Martin Moeller Martin Moeller ... Kosscke
Patrick Güldenberg ... Appel
David Müller David Müller ... Brötchen
Margit Carstensen ... Direktorin
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Storyline

A group of kids grow up on the short, wrong (east) side of the Sonnenallee in Berlin, right next to one of the few border crossings between East and West reserved for German citizens. The antics of these kids, their families, of the "West German" friends and relatives who come to visit, and of the East German border guards, all serve to illustrate the absurdity of everyday life on the Sonnenallee, and therefore throughout the former East Germany. Written by GMeleJr

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Comedy | Romance

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Details

Official Sites:

Delphi Filmverleih GmbH

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

7 October 1999 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Sun Alley See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Miriam's neighbors are called Paul and Paula and Winfried Glatzeder plays the neighbor Paul. This is a reference to Die Legende von Paul und Paula (1973), starring Winfried Glatzeder and Angelica Domröse as Paul and Paula. See more »

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German TV version runs ca. 10 minutes longer than the theatrical/home video version. See more »

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Great way to look at History!!!!! :-)
6 February 2002 | by GermanChic00See all my reviews

When I first saw this movie I watched it from a unique perspective. Actually, two unique perspectives... One is that of an American and the other is that of a German. I see this film as a giant leap in German culture. You may be asking yourself why... It is a comedy, not a drama, the acting is good but not stellar, and the film is only about a small portion of German culture (that doesn't even exist anymore). How can a movie like that be a major step in German culture? I'll tell you... This movie deals with History. Not just history, modern history. the ONLY people in Germany who haven't lived through this period in History are children under the age of 9 (as of the release of this film in 1999) EVERYONE was touched by the cold war and the split of Germany into east and west. In my opinion, the day a culture can joke about its history is the day in which they have come to terms with what happened and have accepted the facts... Sonnenallee is the first film (to my knowledge) that has satirized former East Germany and its everyday life (including the Stasi...secret service and the Grenzpolizei.. boarder patrol) To me this shows that the Germans have accepted their history and are ready to move on... Bravo!!!!! :-)


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