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Miracle of Bern / Das Wunder Von Bern (Le Miracle De Berne) Original Germain version with English Subtitles (2008)

2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled, Import, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: German, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Christal Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YKI4RC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,555 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The movie deals with the championship-winning German soccer team of 1954. Its story is linked with two others: The family of a young boy is split due to the events in World War II, and the father returns from Russia after eleven years. His problems in getting back to normal life are shown, with references to his children and wife. The second story is about a reporter and his wife reporting from the tournament.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of Age in war and peace February 18, 2008
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The movie tells the story of a young boy in 1950s Germany who lives for his favorite soccer team Schalke 04 and their forward star and visits their training grounds every day. He is the youngest child of a woman who runs a local bar in Gelsenkirchen, the coal mining center in Germany. Her husband was a soldier in the battle of Stalingrad. He returns from 10 years of POW camp in Russia to find his wife running the show, his 2 older children estranged from him and a young son he didn't know existed (he was conceived on his last home visit 12 years ago). The movie follows the father and his coping with trauma and estrangement from his family, and the youngest son who has found a father figure in the soccer star. Ultimately, father and son reunite over the German victory of the soccer world championship in Switzerland in 1954.

Yes, the movie is about Germany and its struggle to overcome international hostility after WW II. Yes, the movie is about the fact that Germans also were victims of the war. But mostly this movie is a deeply moving story about a child growing up and learning to cope with the imperfections of both his parents and his heroes. Its dialogue is sparse and tense, the imagery powerful and the acting superb. The triumphant victory of underdog Germany in this huge international event is just the crowning conclusion of a movie that touches you on many different levels.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting film, incorrect version February 24, 2012
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I'm getting really tired of Amazon advertising the wrong photo for a product. This has happened to me three times in the past month. This DVD is a Canadian version in French with lower quality German. It does work for Region 1, but it is not the version pictured on the Amazon site.
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1.0 out of 5 stars does not work on any machine January 22, 2012
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I was so happy to get this film for my class that I teach. I knew that it was probably a different system. However i have 2 machine - one at school and one at home that play all systems. It did not play on any of them. disappointing, bad product.
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