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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.

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Reuben Leder

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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
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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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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Germany | UK

Language:

English

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16 October 2003 (Germany) See more »

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Balti vihar See more »

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(TV)

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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The Fishguard-Rosslare ferry was used during filming. See more »

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

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Valid topic, bad movie, good actors
24 September 2005 | by ClossiusSee all my reviews

As has often been remarked, on one level this is a genuinely rotten movie - story, filming, etc. Many of the German actors are really good, but hardly in this flick. However, the movie is a "good thing" because it legitimately raises the point of the "Estonia" disaster - which after all has never been satisfactorily cleared up. The movie is banned in Sweden, and that alone makes it worth watching. (Imagine a movie on an US catastrophe that would be banned in the US because it implies government involvement - such as "JFK"!) We do not know what caused the sinking of the "Estonia", but we do know it was not an accident as reported, and it is not exactly far-fetched to surmise that the Swedish government is implicated, at the very least, in the hush-up of whatever caused it. It's good that this movie reminds the audience of that. The comments on this site that such a movie shouldn't have been made because that would capitalize on the victims and their relatives is outright bizarre - if anything, this movie, rotten as it is, is one of the few monuments for the victims; not adequate, but still.


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