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In Switzerland, German singer Willie falls in love with Jewish composer, Robert, who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees. But his family thinks Willie is a Nazi and may be a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hanna Schygulla ... Willie
Giancarlo Giannini ... Robert
Mel Ferrer ... David Mendelsson
Karl-Heinz von Hassel Karl-Heinz von Hassel ... Henkel (as Karl Heinz von Hassel)
Erik Schumann ... von Strehlow
Hark Bohm Hark Bohm ... Taschner
Gottfried John ... Aaron
Karin Baal ... Anna Lederer
Christine Kaufmann ... Miriam
Udo Kier ... Drewitz
Roger Fritz Roger Fritz ... Kauffmann
Rainer Will Rainer Will ... Bernt
Raúl Gimenez Raúl Gimenez ... Blonsky (as Raul Giminez)
Adrian Hoven ... Ginsberg
Willy Harlander Willy Harlander ... Prosel
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Storyline

In Switzerland, German singer Willie falls in love with Jewish composer, Robert, who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees. But his family thinks Willie is a Nazi and may be a risk for them. One day Willie helps Robert but, has to stay in Germany. As Willie starts to sing the song 'Lili Marleen' she becomes very famous and every soldier hears that song via radio - even Hitler wants to meet her, but she still does not forget Robert, and helps to smuggle photos of concentration camps to the free Switzerland. Robert wants to visit her, but is captured. Will never see Willie again until war is over. Written by Marco Louis <Alouisius@hotline.pfalz.de>

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Drama | Music | Romance | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

West Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

14 January 1981 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Lili Marlene See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,623, 16 February 2003

Gross USA:

$8,144

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,144
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

West Germany's official Foreign Language Film submission at the 54th Academy Awards. The film failed to be nominated. See more »

Goofs

Robert is put in a Gestapo cell to find out who he is; apparently at least a week passes. Finally the ruthless ones find out that he knows Willi, the star, and decide to have them confronted, yet at this point he looks his clean-shaved best and is even better dressed than on the night of his arrest. See more »

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Featured in Century of Cinema: Die Nacht der Regisseure (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Lili Marleen
(English Version)
English Lyrics By Connor (Tommie Connor) (original title: "Lily of the Lamplight") in 1944. (Original lyrics translated by Norman Baillie-Stewart)
Music By Norbert Schultze
Vocals by Hanna Schygulla
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Daring for the Eighties, boring today
17 November 2004 | by haddockSee all my reviews

I am terribly sorry, I know that Faßbinder still is called one of the greatest directors in post-war Germany and that most of his films are considered "master-pieces", but when I see "Lili Marleen" today, in 2004, I wonder what everyone is up and away about this movie! The acting is simply terrible - Hanna Schygulla is all the smiling like an idiot! -, the changings between Nazi-glamour and battlefields are ridiculous, the whole film looks as if it was made within two days in an attic. Probably it was exactly that way and many people seem to take this for "real art", but for me this movie is simply bad & cheap. Compare this to Viscontis "La Caduta degli Dei" and tell me again that "Lili Marleen" is a good movie...


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