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The Tunnel (2001)

Der Tunnel (original title)
During the Cold War, Germany was divided into two states - East and West. This epic story tells about their dramatic connections.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Storyline

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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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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The fastest 2 3/4 hour movie you will ever see!
23 December 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

It is hard to believe that this movie lasted almost three hours. It was so compelling that you stayed glued to the screen the entire time and were surprised when it ended.

The acting by Heino Ferch (Downfall), Nicolette Krebitz (All the Queen's Men), Alexandra Maria Lara (Control, The Reader), Claudia Michelsen (The Reader), and Sebastian Koch (Black Book, The Lives of Others) was superlative. There were others that contributed to making Roland Suso Richter's film the superlative treat that it was.

To see the lengths that people will go through to save their loved ones is inspiring.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

21 January 2001 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Gross USA:

$46,296

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,112
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| (2 parts) | (theatrical)

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Dolby | DTS

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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