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The story of young recruits doing their compulsory military service in the East German army 'NVA' prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall.


Leander Haußmann


Thomas Brussig (screenplay), Leander Haußmann (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Frank Kim Frank ... Henrik Heidler
Oliver Bröcker Oliver Bröcker ... Krüger
Detlev Buck ... Oberst Kalt
Jasmin Schwiers ... Marie Kalt
Annika Kuhl Annika Kuhl ... Schwester Sonja
Ignaz Kirchner Ignaz Kirchner ... Futterknecht
Maxim Mehmet ... Aurich
Robert Gwisdek ... Traubewein
Philippe Graber Philippe Graber ... Stadlmair
Daniel Zillmann ... Mischke
Torsten Michaelis Torsten Michaelis ... Hauptmann Stummel
Uwe Dag Berlin Uwe Dag Berlin ... Lenk
Ralf Dittrich Ralf Dittrich ... Laucke
Steffi Kühnert ... Frau Heidler
Katharina Thalbach ... Röntgenschwester Inge


The story of young recruits doing their compulsory military service in the East German army 'NVA' prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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NVA is the abbreviation for "Nationale Volksarmee" (national people's army), the army of former East Germany. See more »

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Finally a military comedy which is not from the USA
21 September 2005 | by leverkuehnSee all my reviews

NVA combines eastalgia-humor, military comedy and teen movie. Although it is somehow typically German-movie-like sentimental, I think it's a great and very funny movie. You will not only laugh in NVA but also get a bit of an insight in the Eastern Germany armed forces of the late 1980ies and how the young recruits as well as the professional soldiers experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the German Democratic Republic.

You will enjoy NVA if you liked Sonnenallee (another movie directed by Leander Haußmann), but not necessarily if you enjoyed Good Bye Lenin which is much more serious and less obviously funny.

The acting is acceptable. But watch for former boy band singer Kim Frank who has only two facial expressions: natural and shocked saucer-eyed!

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Release Date:

29 September 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

NVA - Manöver Schneeflocke See more »

Filming Locations:

Bad Düben, Saxony, Germany


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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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