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The Turncoat (2020)

Der Überläufer (original title)
1944. Walter Proska is a young Wehrmacht soldier who begins to question the purpose of the war, who the real enemy is and whether his real duty should be to his fatherland or his own conscience.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jannis Niewöhner ... Walter Proska
Malgorzata Mikolajczak ... Wanda Zielinski
Sebastian Urzendowsky ... Wolfgang Kürschner
Rainer Bock ... Unteroffizier Willi Stehauf
Bjarne Mädel ... Ferdinand Baffi Ellerbrok
Katharina Schüttler ... Maria Rogalski
Leonie Benesch ... Hildegard Roth
Marek Solek Marek Solek ... Jegerow
Shenja Lacher Shenja Lacher ... Kurt Rogalski
Florian Lukas ... Paul Zacharias
Mathias Herrmann Mathias Herrmann ... Helmut Poppek
Adam Venhaus Adam Venhaus ... Zwiczosbirski
Alexander Beyer ... Martin Kunkel
Ulrich Tukur ... Ernst Menzel
Jochen Nickel ... Bauer


Directed by Academy Award-winner Florian Gallenberger from Sigefried Lenz's international bestseller, "Der Überläufer" is set in the summer of 1944. German soldier Walter Proska is about to return to the Eastern Front when his train is blown up by his love interest, the partisan Wanda. Together with a scattered bunch of fellow soldiers, cut off from the front, he awaits certain death while his commanding officer, Willi Stehauf, issues ever more senseless and inhumane orders. Proska's encounter with a young Polish woman fighting as a partisan and his friendship with his comrade Kürschner increasingly makes him doubt his oath of allegiance. As the Red Army draws closer, Proska becomes a prisoner of war and the only way he can save himself is by defecting to the enemy. Written by Dreamtool Entertainment

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Drama | History | War


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Siegfried Lenz, the author of the book, based the story on his own experiences. But he was not on the east front. He deserted the German navy - in Denmark in the small city Næstved. See more »


When Willi Stehauf wants to investigate the prisoner (the priest), he has his arms crossed and his hands under his armpits. In the next shot, his arms rest on the table. See more »


Ein Freund, ein guter Freund
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Lyrics by Robert Gilbert
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The origins of all wars
3 August 2020 | by antonkusmaulSee all my reviews

A very good movie. Makes me think. Raises questions that are important at all times, especially now when people, nations and countries are divided: by apartments, houses, countries, continents. This division and emphasis on individual, personal development of a person to the detriment of social, community development and general ignorance of people lead to wars. In wars, the winners are the arms dealers, those who took over the planet with our own consent. All other losers. It's time for people to understand that we are all part of a single organism called humanity and we have nothing to divide. On the contrary, it is necessary to unite and live as a whole. This is an inevitable future and those who do not accept it are doomed to extinction.

And I can't say anything bad about the bias. In my opinion, everything is shown as it was in reality. At least one of the many faces is shown.

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1 April 2020 (Germany) See more »

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