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Night Crossing (1982)

John Hurt , Jane Alexander , Delbert Mann  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Hurt, Jane Alexander, Glynnis O'Connor, Doug McKeon, Beau Bridges
  • Directors: Delbert Mann
  • Writers: John McGreevey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DZTIN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,707 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Night Crossing" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

In the fall of 1979, one of history's most ingenious and courageous flights to freedom took place when two families fled from Communist East Germany to the West in their own handcrafted hot air balloon. Starring John Hurt (HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE), Jane Alexander (THE CIDER HOUSE RULES), and Beau Bridges, Walt Disney Pictures brings to the screen this remarkable true story of the Strelzyk and Wetzel families and their daring, death-defying escape.

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cold War classic from Disney! December 9, 2004
By Dave
This is the true story of one of the greatest escapes of the 20th century! The year is 1979. The Strelzyk and Wetzel families desperately want to leave Communist-controlled East Germany so they decide to build a huge hot-air balloon to carry them over to West Germany. Not only is it risky relying on a balloon to carry two families, they also have to avoid East German police. This is a well-crafted Disney film that the whole family will enjoy. The cast includes John Hurt, Jane Alexander, and a then-unknown Beau Bridges. Although I'm very happy to own this on dvd, this is a bare-bones dvd as far as special features go. At least the sound quality is better than my old vhs copy. Still, this is a very important and inspiring story that everyone should know about and I highly recommend this movie to people of all ages.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most suspenseful films June 2, 2004
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This is one of the most suspenseful films ever made, even more so because it is a true story. I was back in the small town when the two families were preparing the balloon. Some of my friends in Poessneck knew them. The film actually captures the run down town, the anguish of the people living there and the absolute terror of the wall. This is one film everyone who loves freedom should see.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flight for Freedom story highly recommended October 27, 2003
By A Customer
Its hard not to be captivated by this enthralling true story of two family's desperate attempt to escape from east germany. The pacing is perfect, the finale will have you holding your breath. Jerry Goldsmiths score superb. Both John Hurt and Jane Alexander are brilliant. If you are a disney fan and were around in the early 80's and you never caught this film then now is your chance. Released in 1982, a very different film by the disney studios this is a truly remarkable picture. The studio experimented during this period with movies that would broaden the studio's horizon a little. TEX and Tron were released the same year. Night Crossing somehow didnt garner that much attention at the time, although it was favorably reviewed. Thankyou buena vista for taking it of the shelf, this is a perfect family film.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Story of Courage January 13, 2004
By Redbird
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I remember when Night Crossing was first released in the theaters. It was a pleasant surprise from Disney Studios. What especially appeals to me about this movie is the fact that in the face of defeat and what seemed to be a hopeless situation, two families refused to give up, and with great determination and courage accomplished the impossible. I never forgot this movie and have long awaited its release on DVD. It is a welcome addition to my library.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Share History With Your Gradeschooler. October 28, 2006
Watch this film with your child or grandchild and be prepared to answer questions about this historical time period. My children enjoyed this film years ago and it is now a pleasure to share it with my grandkids. Plenty of action and suspense to keep their interest and I always watch it with them the first time or two, to help them understand what is happening and why.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Night Crossing March 8, 2006
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I am just soooo grateful and thankful to have found this DVD as we used to watch this with our children and it's a wonderful true story. With much appreciation, Karon
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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What a power movie. For anyone who doubts the great and valuable freedom we have the USA, this is a must see. For me it is one of the stories which epitomizes why a democracy is worth every effort to protect.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!! May 5, 2004
By A Customer
I loved this movie it was full of excitment, suspence and when I first saw it I couldn't believe how terrific it was to see the famlies escape. I knew the story becaues I had heard if it before but to actually see them go across the boarder at MIDNIGHT and with guards and watchtowers everywere that was truly a amazing. I enjoyed this movie alot and I hope you will to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars We have been to the Berlin Wall and the Czech ...
We have been to the Berlin Wall and the Czech border with West Germany before 1989. We have met and spoken with people who escaped the Communist East. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Satisfied Recycler
3.0 out of 5 stars which is a shame because it's a great film.
I didn't know that the dvd was made in Mexico and doesn't work on my dvd player as it's from a different region. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jonathan Chumas
4.0 out of 5 stars Edge of Seat
Even though this movie is old it keeps you on the edge of your seat and tells a true story.
Published 22 days ago by Dallas Erickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent post world war 2 movie, surprised I never heard of it.
Love this movie, better than I expected. Lots of excitement for a old movie!!!! GREAT ACTORS
Published 25 days ago by margaretmorin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reminder of East Germany Oppression
I saw Night Crossing when it was originally released and am glad that it's available for viewing once again. What a great story of perseverance and determination! Read more
Published 26 days ago by PJH
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Family Movie
Some of my kids thought it was boring but overall it was a good movie. They got a glimpse of what it is like to live in a communist country that restricts individual freedome.
Published 1 month ago by DocB
4.0 out of 5 stars NIGHT CROSSING
Disney took on the true story of what those who love freedom will do to attain it. This is a Cold War drama of two families escape from East Germany. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James R. Morrella
4.0 out of 5 stars How hard would you fight for freedom?
Haven't seen this movie since renting movies were only 99˘ and gas was cheaper than that! This movie always stuck with me. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Night Crossing
I watched this sometime back. It was the second time I had seen this movie, but both times were on TV. I love this movie and had to add it to my collection. Read more
Published 4 months ago by abisha
5.0 out of 5 stars Based on a True Story
We've never held our breath so long a time as during this movie. Very tense and it keeps you praying and hoping the families will be OK and be able to get out of that place!!
Published 4 months ago by MD Johnson
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