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Das Wunder von Bern (2003)

A young boy from a working class family in post-war Germany struggles with his estranged father returning from war captivity, while a friend of his plays for the German National Soccer Team at the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland.

Director:

Sönke Wortmann

Writers:

Sönke Wortmann (screenplay), Rochus Hahn (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Klamroth Louis Klamroth ... Matthias Lubanski
Peter Lohmeyer ... Richard Lubanski
Johanna Gastdorf ... Christa Lubanski
Mirko Lang Mirko Lang ... Bruno Lubanski
Birthe Wolter Birthe Wolter ... Ingrid Lubanski
Katharina Wackernagel ... Annette Ackermann
Lucas Gregorowicz Lucas Gregorowicz ... Paul Ackermann
Peter Franke ... Sepp Herberger
Sascha Göpel Sascha Göpel ... Helmut Rahn
Knut Hartwig Knut Hartwig ... Fritz Walter
Holger Dexne Holger Dexne ... Horst Eckel
Simon Verhoeven ... Ottmar Walter
Jo Stock Jo Stock ... Toni Turek
Martin Bretschneider Martin Bretschneider ... Hans Schäfer
Christian Broos Christian Broos ... Werner Kohlmeyer (Im Endspiel)
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Storyline

The movie deals with the championship-winning German soccer team of 1954. Its story is linked with two others: The family of a young boy is split due to the events in World War II, and the father returns from Russia after eleven years. His problems in getting back to normal life are shown, with references to his children and wife. The second story is about a reporter and his wife reporting from the tournament. Written by Benjamin Stello

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | Swiss German

Release Date:

16 October 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

O Milagre de Berna See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€7,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€2,509,501 (Germany), 16 October 2003, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The actors playing the German football-team are football players in real life, too. See more »

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At the very end of the closing credits one can hear the original radio reporter signing off from the stadium in Bern. See more »

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Soundtracks

Ja, so fängt es immer an
(Siegfried Ulrich)
Performed by Rita Paul
With permission of Musikverlag Melodie Froboess und Budde KG
Courtesy of BMG Berlin Musik GmbH
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A good and entertaining film
18 November 2003 | by basemnt-dwellrSee all my reviews

I just watched "Das Wunder von Bern" and I must admit it is really a good film, not only for football fans (for you Americans: we Europeans say football for soccer). The film is not just a sports drama but deals more with the atmosphere in post war Germany and with the problems and aspirations the people had during that period and what the winning of the world championship by the German national football team meant for the regular people.

Actually this atmosphere is covered excellently. The film shows that the people were still recovering from WW2. There are heaps of debris in the streets from houses destroyed during air raids and many men are still kept as POWs so that the women have to take care for the family. The children play football with a makeshift ball, and most people don't seem to have much money. Everything is shown in subdued colors which really contribute to this mood. Although the story is set in Essen, a city in the main industrial and mining region of Germany, it could have happened everywhere in Germany.

The colors only change during the scenes in Switzerland, where the world championship took place. In fact those scenes are shot in bright and friendly colors. And also the settings are quite different from those in Essen: whereas the location in Essen consists of small apartment buildings, narrow streets and those aforementioned subdued colors, everything in Switzerland seems to be posh and spacious.

Even though the actors are not exactly great names in German cinema, they are quite good. As far as I know the actors who play the members of the German national football team were cast not only for their acting skills but also for their ability to play football. Thanks to that aspect the football scenes are quite convincing (although the spectators in the football stadium in Bern look really fake).

What I really liked though was the fact that the filmmakers used the original radio commentary from reporter Herbert Zimmermann, which is legendary. Every German football fan knows the important parts of his commentary by heart.

All in all a good and entertaining film, although I didn't really like the ending.


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