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Good Bye Lenin! (2003)

In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.

Director:

Wolfgang Becker

Writers:

Bernd Lichtenberg, Achim von Borries (collaborator on screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 36 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Brühl ... Alex
Katrin Saß ... Mutter
Chulpan Khamatova ... Lara
Maria Simon Maria Simon ... Ariane
Florian Lukas ... Denis
Alexander Beyer ... Rainer
Burghart Klaußner ... Alex' Vater
Michael Gwisdek ... Klapprath
Christine Schorn Christine Schorn ... Frau Schäfer
Jürgen Holtz Jürgen Holtz ... Herr Ganske
Jochen Stern Jochen Stern ... Herr Mehlert
Stefan Walz Stefan Walz ... Sigmund Jähn
Eberhard Kirchberg Eberhard Kirchberg ... Dr. Wagner
Hans-Uwe Bauer Hans-Uwe Bauer ... Dr. Mewes
Nico Ledermueller Nico Ledermueller ... Alex - 11 Jahre (as Nico Ledermüller)
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Storyline

East Germany, the year 1989: A young man protests against the regime. His mother watches the police arresting him and suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma. Some months later, the GDR does not exist anymore and the mother awakes. Since she has to avoid every excitement, the son tries to set up the GDR again for her in their flat. But the world has changed a lot. Written by Benjamin Stello

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Die DDR lebt weiter -- auf 79 qm! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English | Russian

Release Date:

14 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Good Bye Lenin! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,968, 29 February 2004

Gross USA:

$4,064,200

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,316,957
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The helicopter that flies past Alex (Daniel Brühl)' mother carrying a statue of Lenin is a Mil Mi-8 transport helicopter that was widely used in all Warsaw Pact states. In the GDR it was used specifically in the role of a flying crane. See more »

Goofs

After Ariane finds the letters from her father hidden in the kitchen, she holds one on which Christiane's name is misspelled as Christine. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
[spoiler]
Alexander Kerner: [voiceover] My mother outlived the GDR by three days. I believe it was a good thing she never learned the truth. She died happy. She wanted us to scatter her ashes to the winds. That's prohibited in Germany, both East and West. But we didn't care.
[launches rocket]
Alexander Kerner: She's up there somewhere now. Maybe looking down at us. Maybe she sees us as tiny specks on the Earth's surface, just like Sigmund Jähn did back then. The country my mother left behind was a country she believed in...
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Crazy Credits

A CPR instructional diagram is included in the end credits. See more »

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Referenced in Ancient Evil 2: Guardian of the Underworld (2005) See more »

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Small but perfectly formed
8 March 2005 | by Asa_Nisi_Masa2See all my reviews

Last night I watched it for the second time. I'd seen it at the cinema two years ago, then last night my boyfriend, who hadn't seen it, decided to rent it. I loved it first time round, I loved it second time round, maybe even a tad more than I did originally. With wonderfully engaging characters all round, the film is endowed with a great sense of humour, both visual and verbal (and those Europhobic old Brits keep going on about how the Germans have no sense of humour!), it's socially relevant yet easier to watch than a straight comedy. The script is intelligent yet accessible to anyone, even a shallow teenager with no attention span whatsoever... yet IT is never shallow. And most of all, it's a deeply moving little gem of a film which however never abuses its secure grip on the heart-strings. I could see even my boyfriend was dewy-eyed at some points! And so was I, even more than two years ago. A small but perfectly formed film, it's actually not as small as one might think at first impact. Love (specifically, filial love) is its main theme, treated in a schmaltz-free, fresh, non-superficial and a non-clichéd manner.


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