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The Lives of Others ()

Das Leben der Anderen (original title)
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In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 75 wins & 34 nominations.
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Christa-Maria Sieland
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Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler
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Georg Dreyman
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Oberstleutnant Anton Grubitz
Thomas Thieme ...
Minister Bruno Hempf
Hans-Uwe Bauer ...
Paul Hauser
Volkmar Kleinert ...
Albert Jerska
Matthias Brenner ...
Karl Wallner
Charly Hübner ...
Udo
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Gregor Hessenstein
Bastian Trost ...
Häftling 227
Marie Gruber ...
Frau Meineke
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Schriftexperte (as Zack Volker Michalowski)
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Einsatzleiter in Uniform
Martin Brambach ...
Einsatzleiter Meyer
Hubertus Hartmann ...
Egon Schwalber
Thomas Arnold ...
Nowack
Hinnerk Schönemann ...
Unterleutnant Axel Stigler
Paul Faßnacht ...
Onkel Frank Hauser
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Benedikt Lehmann
Paul Maximilian Schüller ...
Junge mit Ball
Susanna Kraus ...
Andrea
Gabi Fleming ...
Prostituierte 'Ute'
Michael Gerber ...
Zahnarzt Dr. Czimmy
Fabian von Klitzing ...
Tagesschausprecher
Harald Polzin ...
Wächter
Sheri Hagen ...
'Martha' 1991
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'Anja' 1984
Elja-Dusa Kedves ...
'Anja' 1991
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'Elena' 1984
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'Elena' 1991 / BStU-Mitarbeiterin
Philipp Kewenig ...
Christas Verhafter
Jens Wassermann ...
'Rolf' Andi Wenzke-Falkenau
Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky ...
Bandleader
Manfred Ludwig Sextett ...
Band
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Buchverkäufer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralf Ehrlich ...
Kollege in der Stasi-Kantine (uncredited)
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Theatre Actress (uncredited)
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Erich Mielke (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Written by

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Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ... (written by)

Produced by

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Quirin Berg ... producer
Claudia Gladziejewski ... co-producer: BR
Dirk Hamm ... co-producer
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ... co-producer
Monika Lobkowicz ... co-producer: BR - Arte
Andreas Schreitmüller ... co-producer: Arte
Hubert von Spreti ... producer: BR
Max Wiedemann ... producer

Music by

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Stéphane Moucha
Gabriel Yared

Cinematography by

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Hagen Bogdanski

Film Editing by

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Patricia Rommel

Editorial Department

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Julie Bargeton ... assistant editor
Sylvain Coutandin ... post-production assistant
Arne Herrmann ... editor: making of
Ute Lingner ... film lab manager
Stefan Müller ... managing director film lab
Gabriela Schultze ... sales manager film lab
Olivia Retzer ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Simone Bär

Production Design by

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Silke Buhr

Art Direction by

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Christiane Rothe

Set Decoration by

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Frank Noack

Costume Design by

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Gabriele Binder

Makeup Department

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Tamar Aviv ... assistant makeup artist: extras
Annett Schulze ... makeup artist
Sabine Schumann ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Oliver Berger ... assistant set manager
Lisa Schmidt ... unit production manager (as Lisa Kolodzik)
Tom Sternitzke ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Katrin Arendt ... trainee assistant director
Claudia Beewen ... assistant director
Katharina Hofmann ... second assistant director

Art Department

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MC Fitti ... construction
Felix Gallo ... painter
Hannes Koch ... construction
Olaf Kronenthal ... standby props
Mathias Lücking ... construction
Frank Noack ... construction coordinator
Michael Roggemann ... draughtsman
Christian Sitta ... assistant production designer
Klaus Spielhagen ... film architect
Danny Stuchlik ... construction
Daniela von Waberer ... painter
Sandra Zimmerle ... assistant property master: indoor
Gonda Hinrichs ... construction coordinator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Eva Claudius ... adr editor
João Da Costa Pinto ... foley editor
Manni Gläser ... sound post production manager
Detlef Halaski ... adr mixer
Larry Hopkins ... layback sound mixer
Andrea Koschmieder ... dialogue editor
Alexander Ochs ... intern
Jörn Poetzl ... foley artist
Hubertus Rath ... re-recording mixer
Oliver Schnug ... boom operator
Philipp Sellier ... foley recordist
Christoph von Schönburg ... sound designer / supervising sound editor
Arno Wilms ... production sound mixer

Special Effects by

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Adrian Lorberth ... special effects (as Adrian Lorbert)
Hans Seck ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Maik Strauch ... color timer

Stunts

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Alister Mazzotti ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Stefan Eckert ... lighting technician
Nicolay Gutscher ... assistant camera
Hagen Keller ... still photographer
Heiko Kohl ... best boy grip
Michael Koschorreck ... lighting technician
Ralph Leopold ... lighting technician
Holger Löhner ... lighting technician
Richard Nitsche ... lighting technician
Jürgen Ruge ... lighting technician
Michael Röska ... gaffer
Martin Sell ... lighting technician
Stephan Sommersberg ... key grip
Theresa von Eltz ... video operator
Florian Wentzel ... lighting technician

Casting Department

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Marcel Dykiert ... extras casting assistant
Iris Müller ... extras casting
Kirstin Plotz ... casting assistant

Location Management

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Thomas Duchnicki ... location scout
Erika Falk ... location scout
Peter Maasz ... location manager
Ana-Mona Müller-Schwerin ... location scout
Martin Zillger ... location scout

Music Department

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Jean-Pierre Arquié ... music consultant (as Jean-Pierre Arquie)
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra ... orchestra
Jan Holzner ... music recording/mixing engineer
Adam Klemens ... conductor
Philipp Fabian Kölmel ... music recordist: pre-production (as Philipp F. Kölmel)

Other crew

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Oliver Berger ... assistant set manager
Jan Bludau ... set runner
Kamil Friebel ... set runner
Christine Haupt ... production coordinator
Matthias Junge ... continuity / script supervisor
Holger Köhler-Kaeß ... set runner
Martin Pust ... set runner
Wolfgang Rhaden ... production accountant
Paul Rohlfs ... set runner
Eva Simonet ... press attaché: France
Sally Steele ... publicist
Nicole Wolfarth ... researcher
Anabelle D. Munro ... double: Monica Gedeck (uncredited)

Thanks

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Erna Baumbauer ... special thanks
Sebastian Henckel-Donnersmarck ... special thanks
Kathrin Lohmann ... thanks
Jörg Stempel ... special thanks
Mahée Thorak ... grateful thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Gerd Wiesler is an officer with the Stasi, the East German secret police. The film begins in 1984 when Wiesler attends a play written by Georg Dreyman, who is considered by many to be the ultimate example of the loyal citizen. Wiesler has a gut feeling that Dreyman can't be as ideal as he seems, and believes surveillance is called for. The Minister of Culture agrees but only later does Wiesler learn that the Minister sees Dreyman as a rival and lusts after his partner Christa-Maria. The more time he spends listening in on them, the more he comes to care about them. The once rigid Stasi officer begins to intervene in their lives, in a positive way, protecting them whenever possible. Eventually, Wiesler's activities catch up to him and while there is no proof of wrongdoing, he finds himself in menial jobs - until the unbelievable happens. Written by garykmcd

Plot Keywords
Taglines Before the Fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germany's Secret Police Listened to Your Secrets See more »
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Also Known As
  • Das Leben der Anderen - Die Sonate vom guten Menschen (Germany)
  • The Lives of Others (World-wide, English title)
  • The Lives of Others (United States)
  • The Lives of Others (Canada, English title)
  • The Lives of Others (United Kingdom)
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Runtime
  • 137 min
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Box Office

Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend Germany EUR814,337, 26 Mar 2006
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $77,356,819, 01 Feb 2009

Did You Know?

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Trivia The entire budget of the film, about 2 million dollars (1.6 million Euro), was possible only because the actors were willing to work for 20% of their customary salary. See more »
Goofs When Dreyman finds Wiesler in the end, the cars in the background are current, not from 1991. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2007). See more »
Soundtracks Ich Wurde Wenn Ich Wusste, Dass Ich Konnte See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Buchverkäufer: 29.80. Would you like it gift wrapped?
Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler: No. It's for me.
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