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March of millions (2007)

Die Flucht (original title)
In 1944 many Germans in Eastern Prussia believed like Lena von Mahlenberg, daughter of a local aristocrat, that Hitler would surrender and spare them from being invaded by the vengeful Russian Red Army. He didn't and they had to flee.

Director:

Kai Wessel

Writer:

Gabriela Sperl
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Furtwängler ... Lena Gräfin von Mahlenberg
Jean-Yves Berteloot ... Francois Beauvais
Tonio Arango ... Heinrich Graf von Gernstorff
Gabriela Maria Schmeide Gabriela Maria Schmeide ... Babette
Jürgen Hentsch Jürgen Hentsch ... Berthold Graf von Mahlenberg
Hanns Zischler ... Rüdiger Graf von Gernstorff
Angela Winkler ... Sophie Gräfin von Gernstorff
Max von Thun Max von Thun ... Ferdinand, Graf von Gernstorff
Josef Mattes Josef Mattes ... Fritz
Stella Kunkat Stella Kunkat ... Victoria 'Vicky'
Michael Ginsburg Michael Ginsburg ... Mikolai
Barbara Morawiecz Barbara Morawiecz ... Oma Herta
Marie-Luise Schramm Marie-Luise Schramm ... Waltraud
Frédéric Vonhof Frédéric Vonhof ... Louis
Beate Abraham Beate Abraham ... Frau Meister
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[PART 1] With the Nazi troops forced to retreat on the East front in the summer of1944, terminally ill East Prussian count Berthold von Mahlenberg welcomes on his ancestral castle estate for the first time his granddaughter Victoria 'Vicky', for her sake only curbing his resentment against heiress Lena, who left eight years ago, preferring her bastard over arranged fiance count Heinrich von Gernstorff, whose idealistic brother Ferdinand, now a disillusioned, cynical field officer, her true best friend, is trough with his meddling father Rüdiger and the Third Reich. For lack of a healthy male, Lena starts running the war shortages-affected Mahlenberg estate, dependent on precarious POW and conscripted laborers, using connections maximally, even ultimately agrees to wed Heinrich, but Ferdinand shoots himself at the reception. As the Soviet advance becomes undeniably obvious, Lena and the workers French leader François Beauvais take the farm 'family' in January 1945 on the run to the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | History | Thriller | War

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The drama's first part drew an audience of 11.18 million viewers in Germany, making it the network's most successful movie for the last 10 years. See more »

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Referenced in Neues aus der Anstalt: Jahresabschluss-Therapie (2007) See more »

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Epic and historically correct
15 November 2008 | by wvisser-leusdenSee all my reviews

In 1933 Germany elected Adolf Hitler as Reichschancellor, and with him came the downright criminal Nazi-government. Among many other atrocities, Hitler started the most devastating war in history of mankind: his campaign against Stalin's Communist Soviet Union. The year was 1941.

Inspired by genuine racism, the Germans behaved terribly in the part of the Soviet Union occupied by them. Consequently Soviet revenge was equally terrible when in January 1945 Stalin's victorious army invaded East Prussia, Germany's most Eastern province. To make things worse, Hitler stubbornly refused to evacuate East Prussia's civil population.

'Die Flucht' (= German for 'the flight, the escape') is about this invasion. I am impressed by the historical correctness applied by the German filmmakers: after all, for many Germans the loss of East Prussia still is a highly emotional issue. Add to that the excellent quality of its shooting and acting, and all these ingredients make 'die Flucht' an epic and excellent film.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

2 March 2007 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

March of Millions See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (2.0)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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