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Popular German actor Heino Ferch gives a superb performance as the leader of a group of tunnel diggers, determined to get their loved ones out of the Communist side of Berlin, just after the Berlin Wall was built. For Ferch's character, Harry, it's his beloved sister, for Harry's friend Matthis, it's his spouse, and for the young girl Fritzi, who the group are quite suspisious of, it's her fiance' who is currently building the wall, but desperately wants out. There are many others helping, who don't necessarily have loved ones to help escape, including the American, Vic, who despite his leg injury, is just as determined as the rest, and even takes some of the biggest risks in the film.
The performances throughout the entire cast are top notch, and while there isn't a ton of action until the end, the tense atmosphere of the film really keeps you glued to the set. The emotions in the film are high, and the bonds between Harry and his sister, Lotte, and Matthis and his wife Carola, are so realistically portrayed, that it's easy to see why they are going through months and months of digging to get these people out.
The 167 minutes seem like they flew on by, and I could have gone on watching more of these intriguing characters. It's better than any other spy or war thrillers released in any country over the last several years. Hard to believe it was made for German TV, as it blows away several big screen productions. The direction, cinematography, script, and choice of actors cannot be faulted, and the only fault would be if you miss this gripping film.
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The movie's principal character, Heino Ferch, who plays Harry Melchior, is superb in his performance as the leader of the group of tunnel diggers - as are the other main characters who are well-casted and believable. (Perhaps all just a bit too good looking to be believable but we'll give the director a pass on this one...)
The movie features terrific visual cinema in the digging of the tunnel and the enormity of the task - the dirt, the claustrophobia, the backsliding, the huge undertaking over months - which could all come apart with informant leaks or capture by the ongoing surveillance by the Secret Police.
Meanwhile, the Stasi (State Security) anticipates that the family members in East Berlin will look to join their family in the West so they are on constant surveillance and they work in their evil ways to turn family member on family member resulting in acts of betrayal, as well as heartbreak and courage.
The movie is long. Almost 3 hours. But the pace, plot, suspense and tension keep you fully engaged - - cheering on the main characters at the finish. If you like films with griping suspense and "good vs. evil" story lines - you'll like this film.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No English subtitles!!! UGH!!! misled because reviews are linked with much more expensive subtitled versionPublished 18 months ago by J. S. M.
This is based on a true story which happened it recent history. I loved it because you can relate with the characters and understand their desperation and motivation to accomplish... Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by A. Herzman
I adore foreign films and especially adore films based upon historical fact and that have political undertones, such as this one. Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by C M Cotton
The Amazon listing failed to.mention that the video was in German with no English subtitles. Also, the fact that it is not NTSC format should be emphasized.Published on March 15, 2013 by C. Edward Bernier
I bought this video because my husband had watched it three times and because I gave our copy to our son who lives in South Africa. Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by Pauline Butcher Bird
It is August 1961, Berlin is divided and the German Democratic Republic (GDR) has decided that Western Imperialism and military aggression means that they have to protect East... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Tommy Dooley
My husband and I started watching this a little later one night and thought we would turn it off and finish it the next evening. Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by Kirston Fellhauer
This movie,it,s real story .I saw 38 years ago .Fantastic You will stay tuned on story Great movie to keep foreverPublished on October 17, 2011 by Luiz
Freiheit is much more than an exciting world. It's an ethic value that doesn't support parallel.
And its achievement is worth a life. Read more