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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 overview, first billed only:
Alexander Scheer ... Michael 'Micha' Ehrenreich
Alexander Beyer ... Mario
Robert Stadlober ... Wuschel
Teresa Weißbach ... Miriam Sommer
Detlev Buck ... ABV
Katharina Thalbach ... Mutter Ehrenreich
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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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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Jetzt ins Kino: Wer zu spät kommt, den bestraft das Leben See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Director Leander Haußmann claims that the film is not based upon Thomas Brussig' novel. According to Haußmann, he, Brussig and Detlev Buck had written the screenplay together, and Brussig had written his novel afterwords. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Berlin Blues (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Letter
Performed by Dynamo 5
Written by Wayne Carson Thompson
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a funny piece of history
16 October 1999 | by bandit-15See all my reviews

'Sonnenallee' is definitly the funniest german pic this year and furthermore a perfectly developed piece of history, that soon will be forgotten trough to the fall of the berlin wall. The biggest plus on Leander Haussmanns film is the cast of no-names, who give so much realism to the flick that you feel thrown back in time without any doubt. And I laughed troughout the whole 90 minutes. Nevertheless will it be difficult for the movie to get real attention outside germany trough to the specific theme, but a must for everyone inside this country.


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Official Sites:

Delphi Filmverleih GmbH

Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

7 October 1999 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Sun Alley See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,891,924
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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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