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Escape from East Berlin (1962)

Approved | | Drama, History, Thriller | November 1962 (USA)
In 1962, a group of East Berliners escapes to West Berlin through a tunnel dug from the basement of a house located near the Berlin Wall.

Director:

Robert Siodmak

Writers:

Gabrielle Upton (story), Peter Berneis (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Murray ... Kurt Schröder
Christine Kaufmann ... Erika Jurgens
Werner Klemperer ... Walter Brunner
Ingrid van Bergen ... Ingeborg Schröder
Carl Schell ... Major Eckhardt
Edith Schultze-Westrum ... Mother Schröder
Bruno Fritz Bruno Fritz ... Uncle Albrecht
Maria Tober Maria Tober ... Marga
Horst Janson ... Günther Jurgens
Kai Fischer ... Heidi Eckhardt
Alfred Balthoff Alfred Balthoff ... Klussendorf - a Neighbor
Anita Kupsch ... Bambi
Kurt Waitzmann Kurt Waitzmann ... Prof. Thomas Jurgens
Helma Seitz ... Frau Jürgens
Ronald Dehne Ronald Dehne ... Helmut Schröder
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Storyline

In January of 1962, 29 East Berliners escaped to West Berlin via a tunnel they had dug beneath the Berlin Wall, led by Erwin Becker, a chauffeur in the car pool of the East Germany Parliament, who served as technical adviser on this film. The film opens with Karl Schroeder (Don Murray), chauffeur to an East German Major, seeing a friend killed as he tried to drive his truck through the wall, He is persuaded by the friend's sister, Erika Jurgens (Christine Kaufmann), and his own family to engineer an attempt to make an escape to the Western sector of the city by digging a tunnel under the wall which is close to their home. Their efforts to evade the suspicions of the East German police, their fear of betrayal by inquisitive neighbors and the exhaustion of the digging are only a few of the difficulties faced by the group. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

West Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escape from East Berlin See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A duplicate Berlin Wall used for the film One, Two, Three (1961) was used in this picture. It was located only four blocks away from the real wall. See more »

Goofs

When Kurt first meets Walter at the garage, there is a moving shadow of the boom microphone on a wall cabinet in the background. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Albrecht: Off to band practice. We are marching in the celebration parade. I don't know what we're celebrating, but we are marching.
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Referenced in Der Tunnel (1999) See more »

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Escape from East Berlin
3 January 2007 | by GatitaFLSee all my reviews

I recently saw this movie on television and it was of interest to me because back in August 2006 I visited Germany for the first time and went to Berlin. I was accompanied by German friends who live in Hamburg. One of them was working in Berlin when the Wall fell in 1989.

While in Berlin I toured the Wall museum and of course visited Checkpoint Charlie. I am a baby boomer who grew up during the Cold War and I well remember the TV footage of the Wall and of people trying to escape. Escape from East Berlin may seem rather old-fashioned today but I thought it was a gritty, true-to-life type of film, even if liberties were taken with the actual events of Tunnel 28.

It was interesting that while my German friends and I drove through Berlin, they would constantly inform me "now we are in The East" or "now we are in the West"...the same thing when we were on the Autobahn...apparently Germans still refer to "East" and "West"...it will probably take a generation of two more before East and West Berlin and East and West Germany are relegated to history in the minds of the German people.

Elaine Clearwater FL


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