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Buddenbrooks (2008)

In the 1840s, Lübeck is a dominating commercial town on the Baltic coast, and the Buddenbrooks are among the town's first families. Consul Jean Buddenbrook has two sons, Thomas and ... See full summary »

Director:

Heinrich Breloer

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Thomas Mann (novel), Heinrich Breloer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Johann 'Jean' Buddenbrook
Iris Berben ... Elisabeth 'Betsy' Buddenbrook
Jessica Schwarz ... Antonie 'Tony' Buddenbrook
August Diehl ... Christian Buddenbrook
Mark Waschke ... Thomas Buddenbrook
Raban Bieling Raban Bieling ... Hanno Buddenbrook
Léa Bosco Léa Bosco ... Gerda Arnoldsen / Buddenbrook
Maja Schöne ... Anna
Nina Proll Nina Proll ... Aline Puvogel
Justus von Dohnányi Justus von Dohnányi ... Bendix Grünlich
Martin Feifel ... Alois Permaneder
Alexander Fehling ... Morten Schwarzkopf
Elert Bode Elert Bode ... Konsul Lebrecht Kröger
Krijn ter Braak Krijn ter Braak ... Meneer Arnoldsen
Teresa Harder ... Ida Jungmann
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Storyline

In the 1840s, Lübeck is a dominating commercial town on the Baltic coast, and the Buddenbrooks are among the town's first families. Consul Jean Buddenbrook has two sons, Thomas and Christian, and one daughter, Antonia, called Tony. Even though he dearly loves them, he expects his children to sacrifice personal happiness for the sake of the company if necessary. The first to learn this is Tony, who is married off to Hamburgian businessman Bendix Grünlich. Her brothers have meanwhile learned the trade in Amsterdam and London respectively. Crushed by Tony's marriage disaster and several unlucky transactions, Jean Buddenbrook makes over the business to his eldest, Thomas. Thomas marries the dutch heiress Gerda, who is a passionate violin player. But Thomas never forgets his first love, a flower girl. After having spent time in Valparaiso, Christian returns to Lübeck, too. Thomas soon learns that his brother is much more interested in the theatre and actress Aline than in the company, ... Written by emkarpf

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Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

25 December 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Buddenbrook család See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR16,200,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,627,016
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When Thomas is talking to Tony outside his new mansion, he points to the Big Dipper, which is both high in the sky and oriented "bowl-up". They would have to be very near the North Pole to see this. In Germany, the Dipper is only 20-25 degrees above the horizon when "bowl-up". See more »

Quotes

Thomas Buddenbrook: Don't make me a laughingstock.
Gerda Arnoldsen: It's all up to you.
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Version of Die Buddenbrooks (1923) See more »

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User Reviews

poor picture of a family
8 July 2013 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

impressive if it remains invitation to discover the novel. nice if you know the Thomas Mann novel. interesting if you search atmosphere . short - it is a beautiful fresco. not exactly the best adaptation but an useful exercise to understand a piece of German history. the acting is almost good. the ambition to create a credible image of legendary work has seductive parts but, at all, it is far to be more than a project with too much ambitions. and mistakes. not bad, it is only vision of a team, testimony about a fight against pages and images.the locomotive - Armin Mueller - Stahl is an inspired Johann Buddenbroock but is not enough.a fresco for a family evolution. but far to be a good adaptation.


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