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Good Bye Lenin! ()


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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.

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Alex
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Mutter
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Lara
Maria Simon ...
Ariane
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Denis
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Rainer
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Alex' Vater
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Klapprath
Christine Schorn ...
Frau Schäfer
Jürgen Holtz ...
Herr Ganske
Jochen Stern ...
Herr Mehlert
Stefan Walz ...
Sigmund Jähn
Eberhard Kirchberg ...
Dr. Wagner
Hans-Uwe Bauer ...
Dr. Mewes
Nico Ledermueller ...
Alex - 11 Jahre (as Nico Ledermüller)
Jelena Kratz ...
Ariane - 13 Jahre
Laureen Hatscher ...
Baby Paula - 1 Jahr
Felicitas Hatscher ...
Baby Paula - 1 Jahr
Martin Brambach ...
Stasi 1
Michael Gerber ...
Stasi 2
Robert Störr ...
Funktionär Ordensverleihung
Philipp Kupfer ...
Baby Paula - 3 Monate
Ernst-Georg Schwill ...
Taxifahrer
Rainer Werner ...
Stasi in Jeansjacke
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Junger Stationsarzt
Horst-Dieter Stork ...
Grenzer 1
Hartmut Kuley ...
NVA-Offizier
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'X-TV' Chef
Ditmar Bieseke ...
Grenzer 2
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Fahrer Krankenwagen
Dirk Prinz ...
Beifahrer
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Das Küken
Elke Werner ...
Verkäuferin HO-Markt
Regina Ziebach ...
Gurkenfrau
Wolfgang Stein ...
Gurkenmann
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Flohmarktverkäufer
Maximilian Brunow ...
Pionier Sascha
Bojan Heyn ...
Pionier Niko
Fritz Roth ...
Pförtner Coca-Cola
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Bankangestellter
Denys Darahan ...
Pionier Christian
Bastian Lang ...
Pionier Frank
Lothar Schlichthar ...
Dicker Mann am Pool
Alexander Reed ...
Wuppertaler
Ute Michel ...
Frauenärztin (as Dr. Ute Michel)
Svea Timander ...
Vaters neue Frau
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Carla
Rafael Hübner ...
Thomas
Michael Berge ...
Partyredner
Rey Agana
Marcel Bellin
Aandrea Bork
Angelo Bossert
Christiane Brauer
Igor-Immanuel Bruckhaus
Mimmo Catania
Toni Filler
Meike Frerichs
Marc Geiselhart
Charline Gülle
Leonore Haberkorn
Bjoern Heinrich
Torsten Heyroth
Jasmin Hoffmann
Clemens Holzendorff
Susann Hotze
Wasin Jung
André Kindzorra
Dieter Kraft
Jörn Itzeck
Simone Kruse
Kai-Quin Liang
Fred Luck
Karoline Metzig
Utz Neumann
Christoph Olonczik
Marakorn Praphawat
Pham Quang ...
(as Quang Pham)
Sebastian Raehse
Michelle Reed
Jacqueline Schachmann
Angelika Schmegg
Florian Seiffge
Michael Stübing
Christian Trautsch
Adrian Wolff
Andreas Thieck ...
SFB-Nachrichtensprecher (voice)

Directed by

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Wolfgang Becker

Written by

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Bernd Lichtenberg ... (written by)
 
Wolfgang Becker ... (co-author)
 
Achim von Borries ... (collaborator on screenplay) &
Henk Handloegten ... (collaborator on screenplay) (as Hendrik Handloegten) &
Chris Silber ... (collaborator on screenplay) (as Christoph Silber)

Produced by

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Stefan Arndt ... producer
Katja De Bock ... producer: WDR
Marcos Kantis ... line producer
Paul Müller ... line producer
Andreas Schreitmüller ... producer: arte
Manuela Stehr ... co-producer

Music by

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Yann Tiersen

Cinematography by

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Martin Kukula

Film Editing by

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Peter R. Adam

Editorial Department

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Sam Daley ... colorist: high definition mastering
Jessica Ehlebracht ... assistant editor
Patricia Ferbeck ... negative cutter
Charly Huser ... color timer
Boris Mang ... post-production coordinator
Traudl Nicholson ... color timer
Antje Zynga ... assistant editor / additional editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Simone Bär ... (casting)

Production Design by

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Lothar Holler

Art Direction by

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Matthias Klemme

Costume Design by

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Aenne Plaumann

Makeup Department

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Birger Laube ... makeup artist: "Sigmund Jähn"
Lena Lazzarotto ... makeup artist
Heike Merker ... makeup artist
Björn Rehbein ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Sabine Schumann ... makeup artist: second unit
Madeleine Spremberg ... additional makeup artist

Production Management

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Milanka Comfort ... production manager
François Doge ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Susanne Boeing ... second assistant director
Sarah Gross ... first assistant director
Scott Kirby ... first assistant director: additional shooting
Marcus Welsch ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Ulrich Christian ... property master
Andrea Eisensee ... set dresser
Andreas Herberg ... Tischler: Nicht Im Abspann
Holger Isenberg ... construction manager
Claudia Kiefer ... props: second unit
Christian Schäfer ... set designer (as Christian Schaefer)
Kay Scziegel ... props (as Kay-Uwe Scziegel)
Timo Scziegel ... art department runner
Harald Serowski ... art director: reshoots
Sergej Simonenko ... head of accounting: art department studio babelsberg
Wolfgang Wrede ... painter

Sound Department

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Christoph Dudek ... sound
Lars Ginzel ... sound effects editor
Jochen Isfort ... first boom operator
Dirk Jacob ... sound designer (as Dirk W. Jacob)
Kai-Uwe Koch ... adr editor
Frank Kruse ... foley editor
Torsten Löhn ... assistant sound
Martin Müller ... sound: second unit
Michael Müller ... foley editor
Jörn Poetzl ... foley artist
Alexander Schaefer ... second boom operator
Wolfgang Schukrafft ... original sound
Philipp Sellier ... foley recordist
Kuen-Il Song ... sound effects editor
Martin Steyer ... sound mixer
Kai Tebbel ... sound editor
Christoph Ulbich ... voiceover recordist
Susy Wehrli ... sound: second unit

Special Effects by

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Sven Asamoa ... special effects
Thorsten Thiesse ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Max Hattler ... visual effects
Manfred Kraemer ... visual effects (as Manfred Krämer)
Natalie Maximova ... visual effects (as Natala Maksimova)
Milena Nikolova ... visual effects
Moritz Peters ... visual effects
Sven Pohle ... visual effects
Matze Scharfenberg ... scanning
Andreas Schellenberg ... visual effects
Bastian Schreitling ... visual effects
Florian Schroeder ... visual effects (as Florian Schröder)
Gerhard Spring ... scanning
Dominik Trimborn ... scanning
Gunnar Wittig ... visual effects

Stunts

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Mattias Bark ... stunts
Rainer Clemens ... stunts
Sven Decker ... stunts
Sascha Girndt ... stunts
Tomas Jester ... stunts
Mario Linse ... stunts
Olaf Mahlitz ... stunts
Sascha Meissner ... stunts
Veith Oeser ... stunts
Katja Richter ... stunts (as Katja Keya Richter)
Andreas Schwarz ... stunts
Steve Thiede ... stunts
Rainer Werner ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Juan José Alcaide ... electrician (as Juan José Alcaide Perez)
Klemens Becker ... steadicam operator
Franco Bertone ... electrician
Dieter Bähr ... grip
Carlos Dessbesell-Schüler ... clapper loader: second unit
Sonny Christian Fels ... electrician
Wolfgang Franke ... dolly grip
Matthias Ganghofer ... assistant camera
Frank Griebe ... cinematographer: additional shooting
Birgit Gudjonsdottir ... director of photography: second unit
Jan Hartmann ... assistant camera: second unit
Benjamin Hertzog ... electrician
Ralph Kaechele ... director of photography: second unit (as Ralph Kächele)
Conny Klein ... still photographer
Christoph Manz ... assistant camera
Dirk Merten ... video operator
Florian Niedermeier ... electrician
Dirk Plamböck ... still photographer: second unit
Helmut Prein ... gaffer: phase 2
Christian Scheibe ... grip
Michael Schuff ... electrician
Tommy Schulz ... gaffer
Frank Schwaiger ... assistant camera
Thorsten Schwytay ... assistant camera
Martin Sell ... electrician
Jörg Widmer ... Steadicam operator

Casting Department

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Susanne Boeing ... casting: children
Martina Hennicke ... extras casting
Kirstin Plotz ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Antje Hentze ... additional costumer
Anne Kerstan ... wardrobe
Barbara Koeppl ... wardrobe
Petra Langer ... additional costumer
Uta Müller ... additional costumer
Heidrun Schlüter ... additional costumer
Christine Seehofer ... assistant costume designer
Frank Specht ... wardrobe: second unit

Location Management

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Mathias Braun ... location scout
Ines Frederich ... first location manager
Marion Gerhardt ... location scout
Angela Grundt ... assistant location manager
Felix Leitermann ... location manager
Bibbi Müller ... second location manager

Music Department

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Xaver Naudascher ... composer: additional score / score mixer
Wolfgang Richter ... composer: song "Unser Sandmännchen"
Andro Steinborn ... music supervisor

Transportation Department

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Alexander Müller-Lenhartz ... production driver

Other crew

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Uli Adomat ... production accountant
Regine Baschny ... unit publicist
Christiane Collinge ... 2nd location manager
Daniele Drobny ... production designer: additional shooting
Michael Foertsch ... caterer
Peter Futschik ... account assistant
Jan Ole Gerster ... post-production
Darius Ghanai ... title designer
Hannes Gronenberg ... trainee
Henk Handloegten ... co-author (as Hendrik Handloegten)
Michael Konstabel ... archive researcher
Christoph Kukula ... production assistant
Gisela Liesenfeld ... assistant: Mr. Arndt
Franziska Linke ... production assistant
Boris Mang ... post-production
Sepp Reidinger ... laboratory manager
Sybille Rohde ... production coordinator
Marco Schenke ... crowd marshall
Sandra Scheucher ... script supervisor: second unit
Chris Silber ... script consultant (as Christoph Silber)
Sally Steele ... publicist
Andro Steinborn ... head of business/legal affairs
Martin Storck ... assistant accountant
Caroline Veyssière ... continuity / script
Achim von Borries ... co-author
Eva Weber ... laboratory manager

Thanks

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Sigmund Jähn ... special thanks
Dieter Kürten ... thanks
Dani Levy ... special thanks
Edda Reiser ... thanks
Michael Schmid-Ospach ... special thanks
Tom Tykwer ... special thanks
Jürgen Vogel ... special thanks
Ingeborg Westphal ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Die DDR lebt weiter -- auf 79 qm! See more »
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Also Known As
  • 79 qm DDR (Germany)
  • Goodbye Lenin! (World-wide, English title)
  • Good bye, Lenin! (Spain)
  • Zbogom Lenjinu (Serbia)
  • Сбогом, Ленин! (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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Runtime
  • 121 min
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Box Office

Budget EUR4,800,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend Germany $2,450,171, 14 Feb 2003
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $79,384,880

Did You Know?

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Trivia The story is loosely based on the last two years of V.I. Lenin's life, living in a controlled environment similar to what is portrayed in the film. With the justification that over-excitement might cause Lenin health problems, Joseph Stalin had printed for him one-copy edition newspapers, censored of all news about the political struggles of the time. See more »
Goofs Denis wears a "digital rain"-style T-shirt in 1989 because he has developed the idea himself and has come up with an idea for a film exactly like The Matrix (1999), which he describes in a deleted scene (the letters are not identical to the Matrix scheme.) The joke is that the idea originated in East Germany; compare the claim in one of Denis's fake news shows that the Coca-Cola formula was invented there. It also ties in to the film's main theme of keeping people in a simulated reality. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004). See more »
Soundtracks Comptine d'un autre Été : L'après-midi See more »
Crazy Credits Renowned German actor Jürgen Vogel plays the chicken in the supermarket and is credited as "Das Küken" ("young chicken"). See more »
Quotes Sigmund Jähn: Socialism doesn't mean live behind a Wall. Socialism means reach the others and live with the others.
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