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Downfall ()

Der Untergang (original title)
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Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.

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Adolf Hitler
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Traudl Junge
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Magda Goebbels
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Joseph Goebbels
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Eva Braun
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Albert Speer
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Prof. Ernst-Günther Schenck
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Prof. Werner Haase
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Hermann Fegelein
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General Weidling
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General Mohnke
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Heinrich Himmler
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Gerda Christian
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General Hans Krebs
Justus von Dohnányi ...
General Wilhelm Burgdorf
Dieter Mann ...
Feldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel
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General Alfred Jodl
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Otto Günsche
Thomas Limpinsel ...
Heinz Linge
Thomas Thieme ...
Martin Bormann
Alexander Held ...
Walter Hewel
Donevan Gunia ...
Peter Kranz
Bettina Redlich ...
Frl. Constanze Manziarly
Heinrich Schmieder ...
Rochus Misch
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Hanna Reitsch
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Ritter Robert von Greim
Ulrike Krumbiegel ...
Dorothee Kranz
Karl Kranzkowski ...
Wilhelm Kranz
Thorsten Krohn ...
Dr. Stumpfegger
Jürgen Tonkel ...
Erich Kempka
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Feldwebel Tornow
Fabian Busch ...
Obersturmbannführer Stehr
Christian Hoening ...
Reichsarzt SS Grawitz
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General Tschuikow (as Alexander Slastin)
Alina Sokar ...
Die Goebbels Kinder
Amelie Menges ...
Die Goebbels Kinder
Charlotte Stoiber ...
Die Goebbels Kinder
Gregory Borlein ...
Die Goebbels Kinder
Julia Bauer ...
Die Goebbels Kinder
Laura Borlein ...
Die Goebbels Kinder
Andrey Blagoslovenski ...
Soldat im Ruinenkeller
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Panzerkommandant (as Dirk Borchard)
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Schwester Erna (as Lisa Boyarskaya)
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H. Fritzsche
I. Bubenchikov ...
Schädle (as Igor Bubenchikov)
Leopold von Buttlar ...
Sohn Grawitz
Martin Butzke ...
SS-Soldat 1
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Soldat 2 (as Dimitry Bykovsky)
Sergey Evseev ...
Adjutant 2 von General Mohnke (as Sergej Evseyev)
Mathias Gnädinger ...
Hermann Göring (as Mathias Gnädiger)
Bohdan Graczyk ...
Oberst Clausen (as Boghdan Graczyk)
Sergei Halturin ...
SS-Adjutant
Norbert Heckner ...
Standesbeamter Wagner
Enno Hesse ...
Oberleutnant
Evgeniy Ilovayskiy ...
Älterer Zivilist 1 (as Eugene Ilovaisky)
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Hanna Potrowski
Oleg Khoroshilov ...
Henker
Michael Kind ...
SA-Mann / Ruinenkeller
Elisabeth von Koch ...
Margarete Lorenz
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Hedwig Brandt (as Marie Sarah Linke)
Michael Lippold ...
Junger Offizier 1
Konstantin Lukashov ...
Älterer Soldat (as Konstantin Lukashev)
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Verwundeter Soldat
Ilya Mozgovoy ...
Soldat 1 (as Ilya Mozgovoi)
Silke Nikowski ...
Frau Grawitz
Alexei Oleinikov ...
SS-Offizier Brauerei
Oleg Piminov ...
Adjutant von General Mohnke
Katerina Poladjan ...
Russische Arzthelferin
Oleg Popov ...
Adjutant von General Weidling
Silke Popp ...
Ursula Puttkamer
Vasiliy Reutov ...
Adjutant von General Krebs (as Vasily Reutov)
Igor Romanov ...
SS-Offizier Högel
Tanja Schleiff ...
Russische Ärztin (as Tanya Schleiff)
Christian Schmidt ...
SS-Mann Greifkommando
August Schmölzer ...
Baur
Jurij Schrader ...
Dolmetscher
Boris Schwarzmann ...
Matwej Blanter
Mariya Semyonova ...
Rothaarige Frau
Igor Sergeev ...
Russischer Soldat (as Igor Sergeyev)
Valeri Slavinski ...
Mann
Valeriy Solomakhin ...
Älterer Zivilist 2 (as Valeri Solomakhin)
Hans H. Steinberg ...
General Koller
Klaus-Jürgen Steinmann ...
Offizier 1 (as Klaus Jürgen Steinmann)
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Maschinist Hentschel
Veit Stübner ...
Obergruppenführer Tellermann
Mikhail Tryasorukov ...
Adjutant Müller
Vsevolod Tsurilo ...
Russischer Adjutant
Klaus B. Wolf ...
Junger Marinesoldat
Elena Dreyden ...
Inge Dombrowski (as Yelena Zelenskaya)
Tatyana Zhuravlyova ...
Alte Frau
Aleksandr Styopin ...
HJ Führer (as Alexander Orlov)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas Franke ...
Wachsoldat vor der Wolfsschanze (uncredited)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Martin Kessler ...
Nazi Officer (uncredited)
Henning Peker ...
Wachsoldat vor der Wolfsschanze (uncredited)
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Mohnke's Adjutant im Bunker (uncredited)

Directed by

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Oliver Hirschbiegel

Written by

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Bernd Eichinger ... (screenplay)
 
Joachim Fest ... (book "Der Untergang: Hitler und das Ende des Dritten Reiches")
 
Traudl Junge ... (book "Bis zur letzten Stunde") and
Melissa Müller ... (book "Bis zur letzten Stunde")

Produced by

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Wolf-Dietrich Brücker ... co-producer: WDR
Bernd Eichinger ... producer
Doris J. Heinze ... co-producer: NDR
Jörn Klamroth ... co-producer: Degeto Film
Christine Rothe ... executive producer

Music by

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Stephan Zacharias

Cinematography by

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Rainer Klausmann ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Hans Funck

Editorial Department

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Andschana Eschenbach ... assistant editor
Biserka Kirr ... negative cutter
Traudl Nicholson ... color timer
Renate Siegl ... negative cutter
Sandra Stier ... negative cutter
Andrea Voggenauer ... negative cutter

Casting By

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An Dorthe Braker

Production Design by

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Bernd Lepel

Costume Design by

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Claudia Bobsin

Makeup Department

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Peter Bour ... makeup artist: Berlin unit
Tamara Frid ... makeup artist: St. Petersburg unit
Gabriele Hahn-Laue ... makeup artist: Berlin unit (as Gaby Hahn-Laue)
Francis Jadoul ... makeup artist: Munich unit
Anette Keiser ... makeup artist: Munich unit
Lola Khourranova ... assistant makeup artist: St. Petersburg unit (as Lola Khourramova) / makeup artist: Berlin unit
Tomasz Matraszek ... makeup artist: St. Petersburg unit
Gerhard Nemetz ... makeup artist: Munich unit
Eberhard Neufink ... makeup artist: Berlin unit
Margrit Neufink ... key makeup artist
Waldemar Pokromski ... key makeup artist
Helmut Rühl ... makeup artist: Berlin unit
Julia Sémerenko ... assistant makeup artist: St. Petersburg unit (as Julia Semerenko)
Katya Zheleikina ... assistant makeup artist: St. Petersburg unit

Production Management

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Philipp Alzmann ... unit manager: Munich unit
Dirk Gornickel ... set production manager
Christine Jahn ... post-production supervisor
Natalya Smirnova ... production manager: St. Petersburg unit (as Natasha Smirnova)
Silvia Tollmann ... unit production manager
Peter Ulbrich ... unit manager: St. Petersburg unit

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Bohdan Graczyk ... second assistant director: St. Petersburg (as Bogdan Graczyk)
Tobin Ober ... third assistant director: St. Petersburg
Tatjana Pagels ... second assistant director: Berlin
Hanus Polak Jr. ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Martin Baar ... set dresser: Munich
Marcus Berndt ... prop buyer
Valery Bokovenko ... set construction: St. Petersburg / stand-by carpenter: St. Petersburg
Stefan Burischek ... set dresser: Munich
Michael Däumler ... set construction: Munich
Aleksey Filatov ... assistant art director: St. Petersburg
Sergey Fukalov ... assistant art director: St. Petersburg
Gregor Hees ... assistant set decorator: St. Petersburg
Oliver Hoese ... assistant production designer: Munich
Stefanie Hüther ... assistant property master: Munich (as Stefanie Knobel)
Joachim Keppler ... stand-by props
Gregor Mager ... assistant set decorator: St. Petersburg
Irina Melnikova ... property master: St. Petersburg
Ekaterina Omakhanova ... property master: St. Petersburg (as Katya Omakhanova)
Aleksei Savvateyev ... set dresser: St. Petersburg (as Alexei Savvateev)
Maythe Stavermann ... art department trainee: Munich
Georgi Vasilevsky ... assistant property master: St. Petersburg
Johannes Wild ... prop buyer
Vladimir Yegorov ... set dresser: St. Petersburg (as Vladimir Egorov)
Galina Zaigraeva ... property master: St. Petersburg
Elena Zhukova ... art director: St. Petersburg
Jan Hülpüsch ... graphic artist: Schein Berlin (uncredited)
Daniel Porsdorf ... graphic artist: Schein Berlin (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Stefan Busch ... supervising sound designer
Lisa Geffcken-Reinhard ... sound effects editor (as Lisa Geffcken)
Frank Gorgas ... boom operator
Johannes Gwisdek ... sound intern: Munich / sound trainee: Munich
Michael Kranz ... re-recording mixer
Nico Krebs ... sound designer
Kai Medinger ... adr mixer
Jörn Poetzl ... foley artist (as Joern Poetzl)
Carsten Richter ... foley artist
Nina Roll ... dialog supervisor
Benjamin A. Rosenkind ... assistant re-recording mixer
Fabian Schmidt ... adr editor / dialogue editor
Abi Schneider ... re-recording mixer
Philipp Sellier ... foley mixer
Roland Winke ... production sound mixer
Norbert Zich ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby

Special Effects by

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Michael Alekseev ... special effects assistant: St. Petersburg unit
Daniel Alexandru ... modeler: Germania, St. Petersburg unit
Karl-Heinz Bochnig ... special effects technician: St. Petersburg unit
Natasha Grachova ... special effects coordinator: St. Petersburg unit
Maurice Koester ... special effects technician: St. Petersburg unit (as Maurice Köster)
Dirk Lange ... special effects: Munich unit
Sergey Lisitsin ... modeler: toy vehicles, St. Petersburg unit
Liviu Marcu ... modeler: Germania, St. Petersburg unit (as Liviu Gheorge Marcu)
Dan Munteanu ... modeler: Germania, St. Petersburg unit
Marcus Preussing ... special effects technician: St. Petersburg unit (as Marcus Schmidt)
Bernd Rautenberg ... special effects technician: St. Petersburg unit
Thomas Thiele ... special effects technician: St. Petersburg unit
Aleksandr Yakovlev ... special effects assistant: St. Petersburg unit (as Alexander Yakovlev)
Uli Nefzer ... special effects supervisor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Alessandro Cioffi ... compositing artist
Gabriel Dedic ... digital color timer
Damian Doennig ... digital effects artist
Moritz Eiche ... digital compositor: CA Scanline Production GmbH
Michael Hirsch ... digital effects artist
Jan Krupp ... digital effects supervisor
Melissa Lippisch ... digital cleanup
Tobias Ludwig ... digital effects artist
Helene Marinoff ... visual effects production manager: CA Scanline Production GmbH
Michael Ralla ... compositing artist
Benjamin Roß ... digital effects artist
Norbert Ruf ... compositing artist
Alexander Seefelder ... compositing artist
Stefanie Stalf ... visual effects producer
Sebastian Stanek ... digital effects artist
Dietrich Stoll ... digital effects artist
Heiko Sülberg ... digital effects artist
Stephan Trojansky ... visual effects consultant
Zoltán von Gáti ... digital effects artist
Ismat Zaidi ... visual effects production manager: scan&record35
Thomas Zauner ... visual effects supervisor
Martin Zwanzger ... compositing artist
Michael Scheffler ... systems admistrator: scan&record 35 GmbH (uncredited)

Stunts

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Oleg Korytin ... stunt coordinator: St. Petersburg unit
Sergey Golovkin ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Timo Andert ... video operator: Munich
Kirill Azriel ... lighting technician: St. Petersburg
Maxim Belousov ... grip: St. Petersburg
Yannick Bonica ... lighting technician: Berlin
Carol Burandt von Kameke ... second assistant camera
Tilman Büttner ... steadicam operator
Sven Ebenhardt ... grip
Dirk Eichler ... lighting technician: Berlin
Klaus Harnisch ... best boy: St. Petersburg
Yuri Kachan ... electrician: St. Petersburg / lighting technician: St. Petersburg
Konstantin Kostin ... gaffer: St. Petersburg
Peter Krammer ... gaffer
Maike Maier ... grip
Sebastian Meuschel ... steadicam operator
Astrid Miegel ... first assistant camera
Vladimir Mihaylov ... lighting technician: St. Petersburg (as Vladimir Mikhailov)
Vladimir Mikhaylov ... electrician: St. Petersburg
Jürgen Olczyk ... still photographer
Dimitri Opekine ... second assistant camera: St. Petersburg
Marcus Pohlus ... steadicam operator
Christian Richter ... best boy: Berlin
Ludwig Schmid ... lighting: Munich
Dima Sniatovsky ... grip: St. Petersburg
Aleksey Solodov ... third assistant camera: St. Petersburg (as Alexei Solodov)
Jürgen Thiele ... lighting: Munich
Sebastian Utz ... assistant grip: Munich
Isabelle Zampiero ... video operator: St. Petersburg
Nicolas Hüther ... 2.unit cinematography (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Uwe Bünker ... casting: children
Tatyana Chistova ... casting assistant: St. Petersburg
Hellmut Fulss ... extras casting: Munich (as Helmut Fulss)
Yuri Kazakov ... casting assistant: St. Petersburg
Victoria Ogneva ... assistant extras casting: St. Petersburg
Mechthild Olliges ... extras casting: Berlin
Alla Petelina ... assistant extras casting: St. Petersburg

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Annette Bätz ... assistant costume designer
Natasha Ivanova ... assistant costume designer: St. Petersburg
Maxim Kardashov ... assistant costume designer: St. Petersburg
Reinhard Klebeck ... assistant costume designer: Munich
Wolfgang Klebeck ... wardrober: Munich
Larisa Komchenko ... wardrober: St. Petersburg (as Larisa Khomchenko)
Heinrich Krebs ... wardrober: Munich
Sergey Lisitsin ... car dresser: St. Petersburg
Grigori Minaev ... assistant costume designer: St. Petersburg (as Gregorii Minaev)
Andrew Mollo ... consultant: military wardrobe
Tatyana Pliatskovskaya ... wardrober: St. Petersburg
Astrid Pohland ... wardrober: Berlin
Svetlana Stachenko ... assistant costume designer: St. Petersburg (as Svetlana Statsenko)
Claudia Stadler ... wardrober: Munich
Natalya Zamakhina ... costume supervisor: St. Petersburg (as Natalia Zamakhina)

Location Management

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Yakov Gordin ... location manager: St. Petersburg unit
Svetlana Lukash ... location manager: St. Petersburg unit
Vladislav Mayevsky ... location manager: St. Petersburg unit
Vladimir Plyatskovsky ... location manager: St. Petersburg unit (as Vladimir Plyatskovski)
Oksana Rusalinova ... location manager: St. Petersburg unit
Maxim Volodin ... location manager: St. Petersburg unit
Aleksei Zveryov ... location manager: St. Petersburg unit (as Alexey Zverev)

Music Department

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Karsten Baumgarten ... music scoring mixer
Georg Naschke ... music coordinator (as George Naschke)
Stefan Pintev ... concert master / orchestra leader
Stephan Zacharias ... music arranger / music producer

Transportation Department

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Tobias Art ... production driver: Munich
Stefan Backes ... production driver: Munich
Johannes Gwisdek ... production driver: Berlin
Philipp Krause ... production driver: Munich
Bernd Oberueber ... production driver driver: Munich
Dirk Schumann ... production driver: Berlin
Stefan Schumann ... production driver: Berlin
Nina Ruhkala ... driver: trailer, St. Petersburg (uncredited)

Other crew

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Olga Alymova ... production coordinator: St. Petersburg unit
Dietmar Arnold ... consultant: bunker site
Bettina Bartl ... release publicist
Yana Bezhanskaya ... producer: St. Petersburg
Kerstin Biermann ... assistant: Christine Rothe
Kerstin Böck ... release publicist
Anke Diez ... production accountant
Bernd Eichinger ... presenter
Thomas Peter Friedl ... marketing (as Thomas Friedl)
Sasha Golubtsova ... additional caterer: St. Petersburg
Anna Gordeichik ... interpreter: St. Petersburg / translator: St. Petersburg
Christian Hartmann ... military consultant (as Dr. Christian Hartmann)
Michaela Hiefler ... continuity
Ilona Hüttersen ... production press (as Illona Hüttersen)
Madelaine Jakwert ... production trainee: Munich
Sasha Kiriluk ... interpreter: St. Petersburg
Sasha Kirluk ... translator: St. Petersburg
Torsten Koch ... assistant: distribution/marketing conception
Mila Koudriashova ... publicist: Globus Film, St. Petersburg
Elena Kozyrenko ... production assistant: St. Petersburg
Veronika Leidescher ... assistant: distribution/marketing conception
Lutz Lemke ... title designer
Anna Litvinenko ... translator: St. Petersburg
Peter Mayerhofer ... weapons master: Munich
Svetlana Miasoedova ... assistant caterer: St. Petersburg
Jürgen Müller ... consultant: concrete shelter
Margot Neschitsch ... assistant: distribution/marketing conception
Elena Ogneva ... accountant: St. Petersburg
Elena Ognieva ... payroll: St. Petersburg
Olga Pankratova ... assistant caterer: St. Petersburg
Cornelia Popp ... production secretary: Munich
Gottfried Reisecker ... consultant: film laboratory
Daniel Rosness ... production secretary: Munich (as Danny Rosness)
Anna Ruchii ... translator: St. Petersburg
Svetlana Sapunova ... accountant: St. Petersburg / payroll: St. Petersburg
Alisa Schavinskaya ... translator: St. Petersburg
Jurij Schrader ... assistant: Bernd Lepel, St. Petersburg
Tanja Schwoch ... assistant: Bernd Eichinger
Valentina Selezinova ... additional catering: St. Petersburg
Valentina Selezniova ... additional caterer: St. Petersburg
Dimitri Simanovskiy ... translator: St. Petersburg
Kira Sinelshikova ... production assistant: St. Petersburg (as Kira Sinelschikova)
Galina Smirnova ... douane coordinator: St. Petersburg
Dorothee Specht ... production coordinator
Nonna Velikaya ... translator: St. Petersburg
Mirjam Weber ... production assistant: St. Petersburg
Fabian Wolfart ... on-line promotion
Zidana Zhdanova ... production assistant: St. Petersburg
Zinaida Zhdanova ... production assistant: St. Petersburg
Daniel Rosness ... production coordinator (uncredited)

Thanks

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Josef Brandmaier ... thanks
Ben Brumfield ... thanks
Manfred Burger ... thanks
Ulrich Deppendorf ... thanks
Joseph Dietl ... thanks (as Oberstleutnant a.D. der Luftwaffe Joseph Dietl)
Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven ... thanks
Gebhard Henke ... thanks
Adolf Hitler ... acknowledgment
Jürgen Kellermeier ... thanks (as Dr. Jürgen Kellermeier)
Jan Mojto ... thanks
David Müller-Meerkatz ... thanks
Oskar Roehler ... thanks
Eckhart Schmidt ... thanks
Günter Struwe ... thanks (as Dr. Günter Struwe)
Tom Tykwer ... thanks
Hubert von Spreti ... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and advisers to fight to the last man. "Downfall" explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender. Written by Anthony Hughes {husnock31@hotmail.com}

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Also Known As
  • La caduta - Gli ultimi giorni di Hitler (Italy)
  • Downfall (Canada, English title)
  • Downfall (World-wide, English title)
  • Downfall (United States)
  • Downfall (United Kingdom)
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Runtime
  • 156 min
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Box Office

Budget EUR13,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend Germany $3,540,118, 17 Sep 2004
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $92,180,910, 02 Nov 2013

Did You Know?

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Trivia Bruno Ganz studied Parkinson's disease patients in a Swiss hospital to prepare for his role as Adolf Hitler. See more »
Goofs In the film, Hermann Fegelein is shown as being arrested, dragged outside and summarily shot. In fact, Fegelein was arrested and kept in a cell for at least three days in the Führerbunker before Hitler ordered him stripped of rank and to be subjected to court martial, during which he was so drunk he vomited and urinated on the floor. It was only after the court martial that he was shot. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Blind Spot. Hitler's Secretary (2002). See more »
Soundtracks When I Am Laid In Earth See more »
Crazy Credits After the final credits there is a statement by the real Traudl Jung about her feelings of guilt and responsibility. In the British Cinema release, this is moved to before the credits. See more »
Quotes Adolf Hitler: That was an order! Steiner's assault was an order! Who do you think you are to dare disobey an order I give? So this is what it has come to! The military has been lying to me. Everybody has been lying to me, even the SS! Our generals are just a bunch of contemptible, disloyal cowards.
General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: I can't permit you to insult the soldiers.
Adolf Hitler: They are cowards, traitors and failures!
General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: My fuhrer, this is outrageous!
Adolf Hitler: Our generals are the scum of the German people! Not a shred of honour! They call themselves generals. Years at military academy just to learn how to hold a knife and fork! For years, the military has hindered my plans! They've put every kind of obstacle in my way! What I should have done... was liquidate all the high-ranking officers, as Stalin did!
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