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Baltic Storm (2003)

A journalist from Berlin, Germany, and a Swedish lawyer discover the truth behind the sinking of the "MS Estonia" in 1994, where more than 850 people drowned.


Reuben Leder


Reuben Leder, Jutta Rabe (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Scacchi ... Julia Reuter
Jürgen Prochnow ... Erik Westermark
Donald Sutherland ... Lou Aldryn
Dieter Laser ... Gehrig
Jürgen Schornagel ... Jan Peters
Barbara Schöne Barbara Schöne ... Ingrid Peters
Rein Oja Rein Oja ... Captain Arvo Kallas
Herb Andress ... Juri Roos
Birgit Stein ... Tiina Ronk
Thure Riefenstein ... Mika Galt
Francis Fulton-Smith ... Markus Dackel (as Francis Fulton Smith)
Jürgen Tarrach Jürgen Tarrach ... Gregor Karpatitsch
Andreas Guenther ... Rock Weber
Patrizia Moresco Patrizia Moresco ... Elke Groat
Michael Schreiner Michael Schreiner ... Dr. Sergei Raspoff


During the night of 27th to 28th September 1994, the Swedish-Estonian ferry ESTONIA sank in the middle of the Baltic Sea. 852 people lost their lives, only 145 were saved. Until today this has remained the biggest shipping catastrophe in European waters since the end of World War II. JULIA REUTER, a journalist with a leading German television magazine in Berlin, is trying to get a scoop on military black market arms trafficking from Russia. Her investigations lead her to Tallinn in Estonia, where on the evening of September 27, 1994 she misses the ferry ESTONIA, by mere minutes. One of the vehicles on the ship is a truck loaded with high-tech weapons. ERIK WESTERMARK is a Swedish lawyer, who is coming from a sailing trip along the Estonian coast with his 10-year-old son. They were setting off for the return trip back home to Sweden, aboard the ESTONIA. But the ferry doesn't make her port of call. She sinks in the midst of the cold Baltic Sea. Erik Westermark is among the rescued. The ... Written by TOP STORY Filmproduction GmbH

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From beyond a watery grave, a story of secrets and lies.


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Release Date:

16 October 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Balti vihar See more »

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Dolby Digital


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The underwater footage really is that of the Estonia, taken during one of Jutta Rabe's expeditions in 2001 See more »


The blades of the helicopter behind Lou Aldryn move again despite having stopped completely only seconds before. See more »


Features Tagesschau (1952) See more »

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This movie should not have been made
19 February 2014 | by Catharina_SwedenSee all my reviews

I watched the first half of this, but could not go on. It was too bad. The only thing that was interesting in it, were the real (actual) news clips from the time. And you can watch those on the internet if you like.

EVERYTHING was bad. The script, the acting (several of the main actors were clumsy and amateurish), and the idea in itself of making a disaster movie without a substantial budget and modern technical effects. I am not saying that a disaster movie with expensive technical effects necessarily has to be a good movie, but the opposite is simply not possible. It felt like filmed theatre more than a movie, but when you are watching a play you are "in it" - I mean you realize that your imagination must fill in what is not possible to realize on a scene. From a movie you expect much more.

But the worst of it was of course, that a movie like this is offensive against the families and friends of the disaster victims. One can make movies about the Titanic, but to make a movie about a disaster that happened only nine years ago (I mean when the movie was released), when memories are still fresh and almost all the grieving people are still alive, is only disgraceful.

About the spy story, I am quite sure that there is nothing in it. It has been proved that the catastrophe was caused by bad upkeep of the Estline fleet, and a lack of routines for regular overhaul. Trying to find a more "exciting" explanation is only silly and immature, and can only cause more distress for everybody.

This movie left a bad taste in my mouth.

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