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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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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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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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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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The German ship MV Wilhelm Gustloff was built by the Blohm & Voss shipyards in 1937 and served in various roles:cruise ship, hospital ship, floating barracks for naval personnel and finally evacuees transport ship. See more »

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Much superior to 'Titanic'
10 February 2010 | by slawek_nieSee all my reviews

Just as sinking of 'Wilhelm Gustloff' out-do the sinking of better known 'Titanic' in the sheer size of catastrophe, the TV-made "Gustloff" beats Cameron's movie in almost every field. The film starts with life on German east and presents a wide array of characters each facing a dark perspectives flowing from inevitable Reich defeat. The chaos and fear that dominated the eastern Prussian provinces in 1945 is very faithful with historical truth. The film then goes on to showing Gustloff's voyage and chain of events that led German heroes to final fall. Each of characters is memorable: from comic Nazi official who cares only for the evacuation of fuhrer's portrait from sinking ship to stern and cold-blooded commander Harald responsible for navy intel. The romance story is interwoven carefully, without interfering with the main intrigue, and not so naive and pretentious as in 'Titanic', just as mysterious spy plot.


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