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As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)

So weit die Füße tragen (original title)
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At the end of WW2, a German POW doing hard labor in the Soviet Gulag escapes from his Siberian camp to return to Germany but he's pursued by a Soviet NKVD officer.

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Hardy Martins
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernhard Bettermann Bernhard Bettermann ... Clemens Forell
Iris Böhm Iris Böhm ... Kathrin Forell
Anatoliy Kotenyov ... Oberleutnant Kamenev (as Anatoly Kotenyov)
Michael Mendl ... Dr. Stauffer
Irina Pantaeva ... Irina
Hans-Uwe Bauer Hans-Uwe Bauer ... Leibrecht (as Hans Uwe Bauer)
André Hennicke ... Bauknecht
Antonio Wannek ... Mattern
Johannes Hitzblech Johannes Hitzblech ... Danhorn
Stephan Wolf-Schönburg Stephan Wolf-Schönburg ... Klugmann
Irina Narbekova Irina Narbekova ... Dr. Pachmutova
Pavel Lebeshev Pavel Lebeshev ... Lagerkommandant
Vladimir Korpus Vladimir Korpus ... Semjon (as Wladimir Korpus)
Igor Filchenkov Igor Filchenkov ... Anastas (as Igor Filtschenkov)
Tschmid Rintshinov Tschmid Rintshinov ... Kolka
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As prisoner of war Clemens Forell, a German soldier during WW II, is sentenced to a labor camp in far east Siberia. After four years working in the mines he escapes from the camp (in 1949) and tries to get home to his wife and children. For three years he journeys through Siberia. An odyssey of 14,000 kilometers, set against a backdrop of desolate and inhospitable landscape, beset by danger (from both animals and humans). Constantly battling the worst nature can throw at him, Forell makes his way, step by step towards Prussia and the longed-for freedom. Sometimes riding on trains, sometimes by boat, mostly on foot, he never knows if his next step won't be his last. His prosecutor Kamenev is always right behind him, and more than once it seems that Forell is captured again... Written by Pooh Frames

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Based on a true story and best selling novel.

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | Russian

Release Date:

27 December 2001 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Budget:

DEM 15,000,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although the movie is presented as a true story, it is believed that Rost aka Forell (who truly made an impressive escape, even if not the one presented in the movie) fabricated or exaggerated some details, and claimed other people's experiences as his own, to make a good story better. See more »

Goofs

Forell's daughter is looking at a post 1991 map, it shows boundaries of countries that did not exist as independent entities during the 1940s-50s, such as Croatia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Latvia, and others. See more »

Alternate Versions

Version released in USA is heavily cut down from 158 minutes to 122 minutes. See more »

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Featured in History Buffs: Based On vs Inspired By (2017) See more »

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Very nice movie
9 January 2005 | by jb-214See all my reviews

I like this movie very much - from my point of view its one of the best German movies i saw last years.

Protagonist of movie is Clemens Forell, a German soldier in WWII, judged by Stalins Soviet Union to many years of "Arbeitslager" (you can also say "Gulag") in the most north-east of Siberia - what was normally equal to be judged to death (for example only 6000 from close to 100.000 POWs from the "Battle for Stalingrad" returned ever home - last ones in 1956 - 3 years after Stalin died).

So, this movie shows the escape of Forell, going (mostly) by feet thousands of miles to escape from this point in the Soviet Union, where no tree grows - East Siberia.

What is nice in this movie is the fact, that you realise, that not Forell, or the Russian people, have any hate against each other - its government, who made all this - the tyranny of Hitler and Stalin.

This movie is really nice made - you don't want to stop to watch - as you cant stop reading a good book - i recommend it for everybody who want to see something about a part of WWII, where nobody speaks too often about - or who want to watch only a really nice movie.

10 of 10 from me for this movie.


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