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Der Tunnel (2001)

Based on a true story a group of East Berliners escaping to the West. Harry Melchior was a champion East German swimmer at odds with the system under which he has already been imprisoned. ... See full summary »

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Heino Ferch ... Harry Melchior
Nicolette Krebitz ... Friederike 'Fritzi' Scholz
Sebastian Koch ... Matthis Hiller
Alexandra Maria Lara ... Charlotte 'Lotte' Lohmann
Claudia Michelsen ... Carola Langensiep
Felix Eitner Felix Eitner ... Fred von Klausnitz
Mehmet Kurtulus ... Vittorio 'Vic' Castanza
Heinrich Schmieder Heinrich Schmieder ... Theo Lohmann
Uwe Kockisch Uwe Kockisch ... Oberst Krüger
Karin Baal ... Marianne von Krausnitz
Dorothea Moritz Dorothea Moritz ... Hermine
Wolf-Dietrich Sprenger Wolf-Dietrich Sprenger ... Fotograf Grüner
Florian Panzner ... Heiner
Sarah Kubel Sarah Kubel ... Ina Lohmann
Ruth Glöss Ruth Glöss ... Mutter Fritzi
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Based on a true story a group of East Berliners escaping to the West. Harry Melchior was a champion East German swimmer at odds with the system under which he has already been imprisoned. On his own escape, he is determined the arrange the escape to the West of his sister and her family. The idea of the tunnel is born, but the project does not run smoothly. The participants struggle not only with the massive logistics of their task, but betrayal from friends in the East. And always the East German police are close to discovering the plot. Written by johnno <johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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Berlin. 1961. The true story of a flight to freedom.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

21 January 2001 (Germany) See more »

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The Tunnel See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,127, 1 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,890, 12 June 2005
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| (2 parts) | (theatrical)

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Dolby | DTS

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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German DVD version runs for ca. 150 minutes, ca. 40 minutes shorter than the TV version. See more »

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References Escape from East Berlin (1962) See more »

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Great Movie, much better than I thought it would be!
30 May 2007 | by Jdylan-1See all my reviews

This turned out to be a great movie, much better than I thought it would be. I am a fan of the spy movies of the 1960's, and this movie fits into that genre (but not quite). I am a fan of the cold war era, too, with Berlin and the wall and all that, so this movie was great to watch. There are a few things I didn't like, but they were minor, which is why I gave it an 8 out of 10.

I was watching this with a buddy, and we both got caught up in it and were on the edge of our seats wondering if they would get away with it, and was much more thrilling that I thought it would be.

There are several very touching scenes where people get shot, and people are looking over the wall, reaching down, trying to grab their hand and pull them up, while the shot man is gasping, whispering how he had to get over the wall before he lost his girlfriend...it was very freaking' sad and moving, especially the way the filmed it, very cool.

It gets slow a few times, dabbling in the romance between two characters, but I am used to that in movies now. The version I saw was in German with English subtitles, but luckily I speak German. I thought the main character was very like Bruce Willis.


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