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German film loosely based on the sinking, by a Soviet submarine, of a Nazi troop-transport ship in the Baltic Sea on January 30th 1945.

Director:

Joseph Vilsmaier

Writer:

Rainer Berg
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kai Wiesinger ... Hellmut Kehding
Valerie Niehaus Valerie Niehaus ... Erika Galetschky
Heiner Lauterbach ... Harald Kehding
Dana Vávrová ... Lilli Simoneit
Michael Mendl ... Kapitän Johannsen
Karl Markovics ... Korvettenkapitän Petri
Francis Fulton-Smith ... Korvettenkapitän Leonberg
Nicolas Solar Lozier Nicolas Solar Lozier ... Heinz Schön
Detlev Buck Detlev Buck ... Hagen Koch
Ulrike Kriener Ulrike Kriener ... Berta Burkat
Alexander Held Alexander Held ... Escher (as Gerald Alexander Held)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monica Attard Monica Attard ... Refugee
Stefan Becker ... Fähnrich
Mirco Bergmann Mirco Bergmann ... Adjutant von Leonberg
Ines Borkowski Ines Borkowski ... Zu fittende Frau
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Storyline

Joseph Vilsmaier's two-part TV movie focuses on the tragic events surrounding the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German passenger ship, at the end of World War II. On 30 January 1945, Captain Hellmuth Kehding was in charge of the ship, evacuating wounded soldiers and civilians trapped by the Red Army. Soon after leaving the harbor of Danzig, it was hit by three torpedoes from the Soviet submarine and sank in less than an hour... Written by fippi2000

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Genres:

Drama | History | War

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Official Sites:

Official site at UFA.de

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

2 March 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gustloff See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Trivia

According to the Australian DVD sleeve notes, this film was five years in the making and was also one of the most expensive films ever made by the UFA (Ufa Film-und Fernsehproduktion [de]) and ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)). See more »

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A Sensational Film!
28 May 2009 | by ennismjSee all my reviews

And by "sensational" I mean "over-dramatic" and "too sentimental."

Read Gunter Grass' Crabwalk or watch the original film Nacht fiel über Gotenhafen for a much more critical, and thereby realistic, depiction of the worst maritime disaster in recorded history. Tanja Dückers Celestial Bodies does a pretty good job as well.

Hollywood-caliber films that attempt to make a blockbuster out of tragedy will never succeed to capture the full complexity of reality!! Still, the only attempt in almost 50 years and the second of all time...

so D- for effort.


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