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Die Gustloff (2008)

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.

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Credited cast:
... Hellmut Kehding
Valerie Niehaus ... Erika Galetschky
... Harald Kehding
... Lilli Simoneit
... Kapitän Johannsen
... Korvettenkapitän Petri
... Korvettenkapitän Leonberg
Nicolas Solar Lozier ... Heinz Schön
Detlev Buck ... Hagen Koch
Ulrike Kriener ... Berta Burkat
Alexander Held ... Escher (as Gerald Alexander Held)
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Monica Attard ... Refugee
... Fähnrich
Mirco Bergmann ... Adjutant von Leonberg
Ines Borkowski ... Zu fittende Frau
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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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Drama | History | War

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Official site at UFA.de

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2 March 2008 (Germany)  »

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The Gustloff  »

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16 : 9
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The German ship MV Wilhelm Gustloff was a German cruise ship of 25,484 tons and measured 208.5 meters in length, 23.59 meters wide, 56 meters high. It had 8 decks, a complement of 417 crew and 1,465 passengers. The ship had 4 diesel engines, 2 propellers and traveled at a maximum speed of 15,5 knots for a maximum range of 12,000 nautical miles (22,000 km). See more »

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The Last Voyage of the Wilhelm Gustloff (Historical Spoilers)
15 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

The Wilhelm Gustloff was the Third Reich's classiest passenger liner when she was pressed into service evacuating German civilians from Poland as the Soviets advanced in the waning days of WWII. Loaded with 10,000 passengers (crammed into every public space available), the Wilhelm Gustloff departed from Gdansk (Danzig) sailing for the German port of Kiel. During the night she was torpedoed by a Russian submarine and sank in 45 minutes, taking 9,000 souls with her (some say closer to 6,000). It remains the worst loss of life from a single sinking in maritime history. There has been controversy with some on the German side alleging a war crime, in that refugee non-combatants were killed in large numbers. The captain of the submarine (Marinesko) lived under this cloud until his death in the 60's. His commanders recommended he not be given the highest honors because his alcoholism and history of being AWOL made him unsuitable to be a hero.


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