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Die Männer der Emden (2012)

When their ship is sunk in the first world war, in the Indian ocean, 50 men have to cross infinite stretches of sea and desert, avoid enemies, find allies and finally make it home to Germany. A breathtaking real-live odyssey.


Berengar Pfahl


Berengar Pfahl, Axel Ricke (creator) (co-writer)




Credited cast:
Sibel Kekilli ... Salima Bey
Ken Duken ... Karl Overbeck
Sebastian Blomberg ... Hellmuth von Mücke
Felicitas Woll ... Maria von Plettenberg
Matthias Schloo ... Manfred von Manstein
Oliver Korittke ... Maat Kluthe
Christian Näthe ... Matrose Kolkmann
Jan Henrik Stahlberg Jan Henrik Stahlberg ... Friedrich von Schulau
Ronald Top ... Neutralitätsoffizier Vandenberg
Michael Lott ... Matrose Hilgert
Andreas Pape ... Johannes Burgwächter
Kai Maertens ... Reporter
Wolfgang Winkler Wolfgang Winkler ... Dr. Bartel
Ben Gageik Ben Gageik ... Paul
Peter Sodann Peter Sodann ... Generaloberst von Leutenburg


In the Great War, the legendary German war ship SMS Emden is sunk by Australian cruisers in the Indian Ocean. Most crew are killed or captured, but some 50 escape and vow to return to Germany, embarking aboard an old schooner. They most dodge the Allies and brave the both sea and desert all the way home. Written by KGF Vissers

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Based on the true story of 50 German sailors who went on an incredible journey of 10.000 miles in 1914


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Ken Duken and Felicitas Woll also working together in Carl & Bertha, Die Männer der Emden and König Drosselbart. See more »

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nice movie with an exciting story
5 February 2013 | by andre-71See all my reviews

If you are fed up with pathetic world war movies but still like heroic war sagas -and don't mind Germans being the heroes- this one might be just for you. The story is good for a relaxing evening given you like dramatic and adventurous moments. The pictures are nice, though at times, you may feel that the scenery appears rather cheap with only a few wide-angle takes. Most ships are noticeably CGI. Sometimes, I thought the writer put too much story in the 2h running time. But considering that the plot is based on real events it probably had to be that way in order to seem sound. Anyway, I did not notice any real flaws and enjoyed my time very much.

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Release Date:

31 January 2013 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

13.000 Kilometer - Die Männer der Emden See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »


Box Office


EUR9,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


(2 parts) | (theatrical)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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