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Darkness Fell on Gotenhafen (1960)

Nacht fiel über Gotenhafen (original title)
| Drama, War | 1960 (Spain)
In 1945 with the advance of the red army millions of refugees fled from the east of Germany. The "Wilhelm Gustloff" loaded with 10,000 civilians and wounded soldiers was sank by a Soviet submarine in less than 55 minutes.


Frank Wisbar




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sonja Ziemann ... Maria Reiser
Gunnar Möller ... Kurt Reiser
Erik Schumann ... Hans Schott
Brigitte Horney ... Generalin von Reuss
Mady Rahl ... Edith Marquardt
Erich Dunskus ... Vater Marquardt
Willy Maertens Willy Maertens ... Vater Reiser
Edith Schultze-Westrum Edith Schultze-Westrum ... Mutter Reiser
Wolfgang Preiss ... Dr. Beck
Tatjana Iwanow Tatjana Iwanow ... Dienstmädchen Meta
Christine Mylius Christine Mylius ... Frau Rauh
Aranka Jaenke Aranka Jaenke ... Frau Kahle
Dietmar Schönherr ... Gaston
Georg Lehn Georg Lehn ... Pinkoweit, Stationsvorsteher
Hela Gruel Hela Gruel ... Frau Pinkoweit


At the beginning of 1945, Germany is a defeated nation. Its armies in the east are in full retreat. Due to the rapid advance of the Soviet Red Army, the German-held port of Gdynia (Gotenhafen) is threatened with encirclement. The German command decides to use the port in order to evacuate wounded soldiers and thousands of fleeing civilians from Courland, East Prussia, and Danzig-West Prussia. Two major transport and hospital ships are selected for the mission dubbed Operation Hannibal. One is the Hansa and the other is the Gustloff. Young Maria Reiser is a newly wed whose husband left for the Eastern Front, shortly after their wedding. However, Maria falls in love with Hans Schott, a naval officer assigned to the hospital-ship 'Wilhelm Gustloff'. They have a baby together since Maria is convinced that her husband will never return from the front. However, her husband returns home wounded. With thousands of civilians and wounded soldiers scrambling to board passage on the evacuation ... Written by nufs68

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West Germany



Release Date:

1960 (Spain) See more »

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Darkness Fell on Gotenhafen See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Deutsche Film Hansa See more »
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1.37 : 1
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The German ship MV Wilhelm Gustloff was built by the Blohm & Voss shipyards in 1937 and served in various roles:cruise ship, hospital ship, floating barracks for naval personnel and finally evacuees transport ship. It had 25,484 tons and measured 208.5 meters in length, 23.59 meters wide, 56 meters high. As a cruise ship, it had 8 decks, a complement of 417 crew and 1,465 passengers. The ship had 4 diesel engines, 2 propellers and traveled at a maximum speed of 15,5 knots for a maximum range of 12,000 nautical miles (22,000 km). See more »

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26 February 2019 | by cosmin742000See all my reviews

A movie witch only nazis can like it............................................................

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