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Das Wunder von Bern (2003)

A young boy from a working class family in post-war Germany struggles with his estranged father returning from war captivity, while a friend of his plays for the German National Soccer Team at the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland.

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Matthias Lubanski
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Richard Lubanski
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Christa Lubanski
Mirko Lang ...
Bruno Lubanski
Birthe Wolter ...
Ingrid Lubanski
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Annette Ackermann
Lucas Gregorowicz ...
Paul Ackermann
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Sepp Herberger
Sascha Göpel ...
Helmut Rahn
Knut Hartwig ...
Fritz Walter
Holger Dexne ...
Horst Eckel
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Ottmar Walter
Jo Stock ...
Toni Turek
Martin Bretschneider ...
Hans Schäfer
Christian Broos ...
Werner Kohlmeyer (Im Endspiel)
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The movie deals with the championship-winning German soccer team of 1954. Its story is linked with two others: The family of a young boy is split due to the events in World War II, and the father returns from Russia after eleven years. His problems in getting back to normal life are shown, with references to his children and wife. The second story is about a reporter and his wife reporting from the tournament. Written by Benjamin Stello

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16 October 2003 (Germany)  »

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€7,300,000 (estimated)

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€2,509,501 (Germany), 16 October 2003, Limited Release
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The man who introduces the new shoes (with screw-on spikes) to the coach is initially referred as "Adi". Later, his last name is revealed as "Dassler". He was the founder of Adidas, the sports wear company. See more »

Goofs

One of the first scenes shows the team of Rahn on a small football ground. In the background you see two cooling towers, a big funnel with the word "SHELL" in white letters and a huge white-painted crude oil tank. Apparently, the film set was in Köln-Godorf with the refinery of "Shell Deutschland GmbH" in the background. Shell Refinery was put on stream in 1960 with one cooling tower (the second was build some years later). Tank No. 7 was build in 1965. In the early-50s, crude oil tanks with more than 100,000 m3 capacity and a diameter of nearly 100m were not technical standard in Germany. See more »

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At the very end of the closing credits one can hear the original radio reporter signing off from the stadium in Bern. See more »


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Ja, so fängt es immer an
(Siegfried Ulrich)
Performed by Rita Paul
With permission of Musikverlag Melodie Froboess und Budde KG
Courtesy of BMG Berlin Musik GmbH
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Quite Entertaining, especially for Germans
9 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

"Das Wunder von Bern", a movie about the first German World Cup victory of 1954, is surprisingly entertaining and one of the better German movies these years. The background is really good, featuring a war-torn Germany which is already in the middle of the "Wirtschaftswunder", showing the huge contrast between children of Coal Workers who do not own a real football, and a newly wed reporter with his wife, who are living in a modern house with lots of clothes, and would have made a trip to Africa if not for the world cup. In my case, the greatest part though was the heavy use of the different German dialects - it's hard to believe how funny simple jokes can sound if told that way - but at the same time, I doubt this will work in foreign-language versions. Therefore, for foreigners, I'd give only 6/10, because of the probably less interesting German history, and mainly because of the lack of adequate translations of language-related jokes. For Germans (or those few non-Germans out there who study German and watch the original version), I'd give 8/10, close to 9.


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