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The Airlift (2005)

Die Luftbrücke - Nur der Himmel war frei (original title)
Two-part historic drama about a difficult love affair between a German woman and an American soldier during the Berlin Airlift. After her husband Axel has been considered dead, Luise ... See full summary »


Dror Zahavi


Martin Rauhaus
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Credited cast:
Heino Ferch ... General Philipp Turner
Bettina Zimmermann ... Luise Kielberg
Ulrich Tukur ... General Lucius Dubignon Clay Jr.
Ulrich Noethen ... Dr. Alex Kielberg
Misel Maticevic ... Jack
Leo Natalis Leo Natalis ... Michael Kielberg
Katharina Wackernagel ... Leni
Henning Baum ... Harry
Michael Gwisdek ... Herbert Prenske
Burghart Klaußner ... Ernst Reuter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruno F. Apitz Bruno F. Apitz ... Stalins Berater (as Bruno Apitz)
Joachim Paul Assböck ... General Cock Austin Walker
Peter Benedict Peter Benedict ... Außenminister Achesen
Uta Bonz ... Kellnerin
Markus Boysen ... Trumans Berater


Two-part historic drama about a difficult love affair between a German woman and an American soldier during the Berlin Airlift. After her husband Axel has been considered dead, Luise Kielberg has to survive as single mother of a 12-year-old boy in Postwar Berlin. At the beginning of the Soviet Blockade in 1948, she works as waitress at the Tempelhof Airport and gets to know General William Turner, one of the most influential aides of General Clay to organize the American airlifts. Luise becomes his personal secretary and falls in love with him, but suddenly Axel returns... Written by fippi2000

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Drama | Romance | War


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Axel Kielberg: I love you. Never forget it.
Luise Kielberg: I love you too.
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Not so bad after all
4 December 2005 | by frommermannSee all my reviews

When you keep in mind that this was not documentary you can give this film a chance. The second part was much better than the first part of it. Heino Ferch has been much better in other films, maybe in all his other films. But the second part was saved by Ulrich Noehten and his really great acting. And whatever was allowed or not allowed during the air-lift, who was involved and who was not involved, if the kitchen in Dr. Kielbergs home was much too huge or not: It was a wonderful love story shown in part 2 and that was the love story between Luise and Alexander Kielberg. The conflict of the man coming back trying to find his way in his job, his family, his country where nothing is like before was really very good. Many other parts of the film where not. I think Bettina Zimmermann was not very convincing in her part but compared to her Katharina Wackernagel was. Even after a while you remember Ulrich Tukur in his part which is still very present. I do not know anything about the "real" Clay but as I already said I do not see this film as documentary.

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Release Date:

27 November 2005 (Germany) See more »

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Berlin Airlift See more »

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