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Night Crossing (1982)

True tale about two men planing to escape from communist East Germany in a hot air balloon, but only if they can take their families with them.

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Delbert Mann

Writer:

John McGreevey
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hurt ... Peter Strelzyk
Jane Alexander ... Doris Strelzyk
Doug McKeon ... Frank Strelzyk
Keith McKeon Keith McKeon ... Fitscher Strelzyk
Beau Bridges ... Günter Wetzel
Glynnis O'Connor ... Petra Wetzel
Geoffrey Liesik Geoffrey Liesik ... 'Little' Peter Wetzel
Michael Liesik Michael Liesik ... Andreas Wetzel
Ian Bannen ... Josef Keller
Anne Stallybrass Anne Stallybrass ... Magda Keller
Matthew Taylor Matthew Taylor ... Lukas Keller
Klaus Löwitsch ... Schmolk
Günter Meisner ... Major Koerner
Sky du Mont ... Ziegler (as Sky Dumont)
Jan Niklas ... Lt. Fehler
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Storyline

In 1978, in East Germany, two families, the Strelzyks and the Wetzels, make plans to escape the Communist East and flee to the West. Peter Strelzyk comes up with a daring idea to construct a homemade air balloon big enough to carry the two families across the East-West militarized border. The border between East and West Germany is heavily militarized, complete with watch towers, guard dogs, barbed-wire, alarms, sensors, search lights, and patrols. Rumors have it that some areas of the militarized border are mined. The only chance of crossing the border is by air. The Strelzyks and the Wetzels commence their risky venture by purchasing lots of taffeta fabric and sewing it together with a sewing machine in the attic. Peter Strelzyk builds an experimental homemade hot air balloon burner. In 1979 when the balloon is ready Peter and his son test it, but the Wetzel family becomes hesitant. The Strelzyks decide to go alone, but bad weather causes the balloon to crash inside the Communist ... Written by nufs68

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The East German border: 836 miles of barbed wire walls, automated machine guns, armed guards, and deadly land mines. On September 15, 1979 two families tried to cross it.


Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Balloon Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Landsberg, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,547,912, 7 February 1982

Gross USA:

$8,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo | Stereo (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was released three years after the real-life events of an escape by two families, by hot air balloon, from East Germany to West Germany. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Peter Strelzyk: We did it! We all did it!
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Referenced in Balloon (2018) See more »

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Pure entertainment....
18 May 2008 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

A real surprise. Not exactly family entertainment from "Disney". Some violence, lots of tense moments, and a great story, based on fact. The theme of "Night Crossing" is, determination wins. Never losing sight of their objective, two East German families risk it all, in their daring balloon escape to freedom. The story is both harrowing and heartwarming. Time is not on their side. The East German Police are closing in and the outcome far from certain, until the very end. If you are looking for a good evenings entertainment, that contains no nudity, and limited violence, then I highly recommend "Night Crossing". It is pure entertainment. - MERK


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