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As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)

So weit die Füße tragen (original title)
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At the end of WW2, a German POW doing hard labor in the Soviet Gulag escapes from his Siberian camp to return to Germany but he's pursued by a Soviet NKVD officer.

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Hardy Martins
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernhard Bettermann Bernhard Bettermann ... Clemens Forell
Iris Böhm Iris Böhm ... Kathrin Forell
Anatoliy Kotenyov ... Oberleutnant Kamenev (as Anatoly Kotenyov)
Michael Mendl ... Dr. Stauffer
Irina Pantaeva ... Irina
Hans-Uwe Bauer Hans-Uwe Bauer ... Leibrecht (as Hans Uwe Bauer)
André Hennicke ... Bauknecht
Antonio Wannek ... Mattern
Johannes Hitzblech Johannes Hitzblech ... Danhorn
Stephan Wolf-Schönburg Stephan Wolf-Schönburg ... Klugmann
Irina Narbekova Irina Narbekova ... Dr. Pachmutova
Pavel Lebeshev Pavel Lebeshev ... Lagerkommandant
Vladimir Korpus Vladimir Korpus ... Semjon (as Wladimir Korpus)
Igor Filchenkov Igor Filchenkov ... Anastas (as Igor Filtschenkov)
Tschmid Rintshinov Tschmid Rintshinov ... Kolka
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As prisoner of war Clemens Forell, a German soldier during WW II, is sentenced to a labor camp in far east Siberia. After four years working in the mines he escapes from the camp (in 1949) and tries to get home to his wife and children. For three years he journeys through Siberia. An odyssey of 14,000 kilometers, set against a backdrop of desolate and inhospitable landscape, beset by danger (from both animals and humans). Constantly battling the worst nature can throw at him, Forell makes his way, step by step towards Prussia and the longed-for freedom. Sometimes riding on trains, sometimes by boat, mostly on foot, he never knows if his next step won't be his last. His prosecutor Kamenev is always right behind him, and more than once it seems that Forell is captured again... Written by Pooh Frames

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Based on a true story and best selling novel.

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | Russian

Release Date:

27 December 2001 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Budget:

DEM 15,000,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although the movie is presented as a true story, it is believed that Rost aka Forell (who truly made an impressive escape, even if not the one presented in the movie) fabricated or exaggerated some details, and claimed other people's experiences as his own, to make a good story better. See more »

Goofs

Forell's daughter is looking at a post 1991 map, it shows boundaries of countries that did not exist as independent entities during the 1940s-50s, such as Croatia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Latvia, and others. See more »

Alternate Versions

Version released in USA is heavily cut down from 158 minutes to 122 minutes. See more »

Connections

Remake of As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (1959) See more »

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An entertaining, quite OK film
8 April 2006 | by oktjabrSee all my reviews

I agree with some other commentators who said that this movie was somewhat overtly dramatic - in some points getting almost too sugary/tear-jerking experience. I haven't read the book so it is hard to comment how faithful the film is to the book, but seems that the authors of the film almost a bit overemphasized the great survival story and the connection between the father and the child.

This is counter-balanced by good acting, rather good cinematography and beautiful images of nature. "So weit die Füsse tragen" is fairly entertaining as an adventure film and I was strangely attracted by the story about travelling through endless wastes of Siberia. The portrayal of nature is captivating. The film isn't a remarkable masterpiece, but I'd still recommend seeing it if the subject sounds appealing. After all, German POWs in Russia isn't exactly the most worn subject of films.


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