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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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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

This film's closing epilogue states: "Over 9000 people lost their lives that night [the Gustloff ship sank]. Most were women and children. There has never been a formal investigation." See more »

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Overloaded
5 July 2013 | by OJTSee all my reviews

I must admit I was looking forward to see this dramatization of the sinking of MS Gustloff, and the film is well done in most aspects, but what's worse is that there are too much drama, just like with Titanic. This is a problem since this of course this is a true story, which is told up quite closely. However, this just seems overloaded, to that extent that vi stop believing. like with Titanic.

It's simply too much. The drama is out of control completely overblown and so is the happy ending. There is really no happy ending when 9000 people die in the worst ship catastrophe in the world, but still there are some amazing survival stories here, which are just amazing in them selves.

A good tip: You'll enjoy this 3 hour long film more if you watch the documentary which is following the DVD before you see the actual film. Then you'll understand that much if this REALLY is true, and only some minor changes in the connection with the people are made as a dramatization. If you do that, you will have a much bigger appreciation for the film, which otherwise really is almost too unbelievable.

But production value is good, and so is the film craftsmanship. The manuscript and the many plots and persons in this is what's killing of what could have been a good movie. It ends up bing mediocre.

A 5 out of 10 only when you see th film. A 7 out of 10 if you watch the documentary on the DVD before the actual film!


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