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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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Cast

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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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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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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Exciting Escape Drama
4 July 2010 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

West Berliners dig a tunnel under the Berlin Wall, hoping to get their loved ones out of East Berlin. This is an exciting, fact-based drama that is well acted by a German cast. The running time of nearly three hours is somewhat excessive but the story is interesting enough that it rarely drags. The characters are well developed. There are a couple of emotional scenes that become too melodramatic and stray from the central plot line. For the most part, however, the filmmakers wisely stay focused on the the building of the tunnel. The tension builds nicely in the final part, as the escape plan is put in motion. The random use of black and white cinematography is distracting.


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