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Generation War 

Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter (original title)
TV-MA | | Action, Drama, History | TV Mini-Series (2013)
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Five friends go out to war and promise each other to be back for Christmas.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Volker Bruch ...  Wilhelm Winter 3 episodes, 2013
Tom Schilling ...  Friedhelm Winter 3 episodes, 2013
Katharina Schüttler ...  Greta 3 episodes, 2013
Miriam Stein ...  Charlotte 3 episodes, 2013
Ludwig Trepte ...  Viktor Goldstein 3 episodes, 2013
Mark Waschke ...  Dorn 3 episodes, 2013
Henriette Richter-Röhl ...  Hildegard 3 episodes, 2013
Götz Schubert ...  Dr. Jahn 3 episodes, 2013
Hildegard Schroedter ...  Oberschwester 3 episodes, 2013
Christiane Paul ...  Lilja 2 episodes, 2013
Sylvester Groth ...  Hiemer 2 episodes, 2013
Alina Levshin ...  Alina 2 episodes, 2013
Lucas Gregorowicz Lucas Gregorowicz ...  Jerzy 2 episodes, 2013
Maxim Mehmet ...  Hauptmann Feigl 2 episodes, 2013
Adam Markiewicz ...  Stanislawski 2 episodes, 2013
Johanna Gastdorf ...  Friedhelms Mutter 2 episodes, 2013
Peter Kremer Peter Kremer ...  Vater Winter 2 episodes, 2013
Trystan Pütter ...  Bertok 2 episodes, 2013
David Zimmerschied ...  Schneider 2 episodes, 2013
Joel Basman ...  Bartel 2 episodes, 2013
Anne Diemer Anne Diemer ...  Dorns Frau 2 episodes, 2013
Karina Plachetka Karina Plachetka ...  Erika 2 episodes, 2013
Judith Engel Judith Engel ...  Frau Schulze 2 episodes, 2013
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Storyline

Berlin, 1941. Five friends eager to become heroes in an adventure that will change the face of Europe - and that will forever change them as well. Level-headed, highly decorated officer Wilhelm is off to the eastern front with his younger brother Friedhelm, a sensitive dreamer more interested in literature than warfare. Deeply in love with Wilhelm is Charlotte, a young nurse who looks forward to serving in the Wehrmacht, also on the eastern front. While Greta is a talented singer who longs to become another Marlene Dietrich, her Jewish boyfriend Viktor still cannot convince his parents to leave Germany... Valor and courage come to the fore, but also betrayal - of values, beliefs, humanity. Friedhelm turns into a soulless killing machine... Wilhelm deserts his troops and is court-martialed... Charlotte's Nazi ideology crumbles when she betrays a Jewish nurse helping the German army... Greta obtains papers for Viktor's escape by selling herself to an SS colonel. They and millions of ... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1 March 2013 (Germany) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,386, 19 January 2014

Gross USA:

$91,595

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,595
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Runtime:

(part 2) | (part 1) | (3 episodes)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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The series has been widely condemned for inaccurate and near racist scenes painting the few Polish characters in the series as being the most anti-Semitic. This includes members of the Armia Krajowa (AK) or Home Army, a force allied and fighting against Germany. See more »

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Outstanding Television
26 January 2014 | by osceola22See all my reviews

Being fed the usual US blockbuster TV series makes the viewer numb. Mindless rubbish that is sold to us as a"'Television Event 'is nothing more than marketing hype. But every now and then a quality television film comes along. Generation War is a bright light in an otherwise production line of poor offerings that seem to rate on commercial TV. This film was brilliant in so many ways. From the skillful direction and intriguing storyline to masterful character development, from magnificent set recreations to convincing performances from its actors, this film is a winner.

Having an interest in WWII history I would agree that some albeit minor inconsistencies in the retelling of history may be identified. But given that it is entertainment mixed with history it does an outstanding job of closely matching the attitudes and people of the time. Its easy for us to sit back in the 21st Century judging the people and attitudes of those living in a deceitful, cruel and secretive fascist state that was Nazi Germany. But times were different and all people that live through any war (whether good or bad) are in some way adversely affected by it. Generation War showed another side to the WWII story which shows no one is a winner. Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed this offering from German TV.


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