As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me 2003 NR

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(82) IMDb 7.4/10

Based on the true story and a bestselling novel, this powerful epic captures the incredible journey of German soldier Clemens Forell in his dramatic escape from a Siberian labor camp after World War II. Through bitter cold winters, desolate landscapes, and life threatening adventures, Forell makes his way, step by step, day by day, towards freedom.

Starring:
Bernhard Bettermann, Iris Böhm
Runtime:
2 hours, 1 minute

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Adventure, Action
Director Hardy Martins
Starring Bernhard Bettermann, Iris Böhm
Supporting actors Anatoliy Kotenyov, Michael Mendl, Irina Pantaeva, Hans-Uwe Bauer, André Hennicke, Antonio Wannek, Johannes Hitzblech, Stephan Wolf-Schönburg, Irina Narbekova, Pavel Lebeshev, Vladimir Korpus, Igor Filchenkov, Tschmid Rintshinov, Nikolai Kondrashkin, Dabatsu Jundunova, Artur Fjodorowitsch, Ivan Mazkewitsch, Aleksandr Efremov
Studio Anderson Digital
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Customer Reviews

Very well made and excellent acting.
Mustang P-51
This is truly a story of the human will to survive and to overcome obstacles no matter how daunting.
azheat
One of the best movies I have ever seen,too bad we dont make movies like this in the USA.
Meijer Goldstein

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jaroslav Melgr on March 5, 2009
Format: DVD
This is film is based on a true story of a German soldier Clemens Forrell who is sent to the Russian front and taken captive at the end of the war. He's sent to a labor camp where death seems much more appealing than staying alive. What keeps him going is the memory of his wife and a promise he made to his daughter that he'd return. He's able to escape with the help of a German doctor who has stashed away supplies and provisions for his own escape, but when he finds out he's got a cancer he knows he won't make it himself. He also knows Clemens has the endurance, smarts and toughness to make the journey. So he gives him the provisions, gun, clothes and everything he stashed away and sends him off on his way. Clemans takes 3 years and 8000 miles before he makes it to Iran, only to end up in a prison there as a Russian spy. Luckily he's rescued from there and able to return to Germany to his family who haven't given up hope.

Not that I'm a fan of Germany in WWII, but this movie makes you feel some empathy for the German POWs who were hauled off to Siberia to labor camps for the rest of their lives. Their treatment by Russians is truly deplorable, which is hardly surprising. First of all, the Germans were ruthless and brutal toward Russian civilians during their initial invasion of USSR. Besides that the Russians did not treat their own people any better let alone show any respect for their captives.

It's a great story and I give it four stars. The thing that made me take a star off the rating is that it is a bit too melodramatic. More than it needs to be in my opinion. Specifically, I'm referring to the movie-long chase of the prisoner by the camp commander.
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102 of 111 people found the following review helpful By brian komyathy VINE VOICE on January 20, 2008
Format: DVD
This film is the story (based on one man's true experiences) of a German POW who is sent to the far reaches of Siberia in July of 1945. Says a Soviet officer not long after his arrival at Cape Dezhnev prison, notwithstanding the end of the war: "You'll never leave this place. You're going to be buried here. All of us." & "this place" is a lead mine near the Bering Straits that resembles what hell would be if it was characterized by extreme cold as opposed to fire. Determined to escape and return to his family in Germany our protagonist herein (by the name of Clemens Forell) struggles to survive as fellow prisoners drop dead around him; whether from a bullet to the head for hesitating a moment upon a Red Army officer's instructions, or from simply being worked to death. The first hour-plus of this albeit long film is thus devoted to the Soviet Gulag aspect of this film---the bitter cold, the harsh landscapes, cruel Stalinist treatment; in sum, all that is the farce of Communism's "Workers of the World Unite" claptrap as bodies are treated as animals.

Say, how many times have you seen on film any visualizations of a Soviet Gulag/concentration camp? Take all the time you need, I'll wait as you count the numerous films about Nazi Germany trying to name but one that shows up Stalinism for what it really was; ie., more akin to Nazi Germany than Hollywood would like you to believe. This is a rather well made film, mind you, but it is also significant for its portrayal of this aspect of Soviet brutality. The rest of the film concerns the triumph of the human spirit as this German escapes from Soviet Hell and attempts to make it all the way back, over barren rugged land, through Siberian ice, over dangerous rivers, to Germany to see the family who thinks him dead. Do give it some of your time (well, it's a little more than some, as this film is rather drawn out and a bit long) should you get the chance to view this film. It's a story worth seeing. Cheers!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 25, 2008
Format: DVD
This is a German movie with English subtitles, but dont let that stop you. Based on a true story about a German held prisoner in a Russian labor camp somewhere in Siberia. His escape and the long journey home to the family he was forced to leave behind. I do not speak German & am not into subtitles, but this one really struck an accord with me. I rented it at a video place & enjoyed it so much that I not only purchased the DVD for my extensive DVD library, but have also ordered the book. Take a chance....watch this movie as it will stay with you awhile, not be forgotten like a lot of other movies you watched.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By JJB on November 27, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I don't know why the movie deviated so much from the real story but it's truly a shame. If you really want to experience this then you must get the book and read what happened. I'll just touch on a few of things they added into the movie that never happened in the book:

1. Love affair with the tribal lady - This NEVER happened but they put it into the movie for some stupid reason. The whole motivation for him making this journey in the first place was to get back to his wife and kids.
2. The jew that "saved" him at the end - While he did receive a place to stay from a jew at one point towards the end of the book, he never provided any papers and as much help that the movie tries to push. There were never any moments where they discussed the holocaust as they did in the movie. You have to think about it and ask yourself; "Why would a Wehrmacht POW know anything about the holocaust?". Clearly the people that did the movie had an agenda and it's why they pushed the part about the jew, fabricating it to great extremes. It made my stomach turn to watch this part of the movie.
3. There was never any showdown between the Russian slave camp officer and Clemens as the movie tries to claim. This flat out NEVER happened in the book.

Basically, this movie is nowhere near the real story! I don't know why they decided to massacre what really happened but they did. They obviously had the rights to the story and could do whatever they wanted - and they did. Stay away from this garbage and read the book.
Too bad because I really enjoy Michael Mendl (Dr Stauffer) and Bernhard Bettermann (Clemens) as actors and find it difficult to believe they took part in this travesty.
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