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  • Directors: Hardy Martins
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Second Sight Films
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jun. 2011
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UR54RI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,668 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the bestselling novel, this powerful epic tells the incredible true story of Clemens Forell, a German soldier imprisoned in a Siberian labour camp at the end of World War Two. Following four years of brutal treatment he escapes but beyond the barbed wire of the camp lies one of the most hostile environments on earth. Across 8,000 miles of unforgiving terrain, freezing temperatures and constant danger he battles on. The years continue to pass and he fights to survive, digging deep within his soul in the hope of finally, one day, being reunited with his wife and child.
As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me grips from beginning to end, never letting up as it takes the viewer on an incredible journey, celebrating the power of the human spirit.

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Richard Davros Godfrey on 14 May 2008
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Firstly you will probably only be looking to buy this film if you have already read the book. If you have not -please read the book first it is so much better. The film is good -quite brutal and realistic -lucky its not made by Hollywood. The German makers try to capture some of the essence of the book. The problem is fitting the whole book into a 2 hour film -more struggle is needed and less flowery stuff. The only thing that spoils the film is the extra bits added by the film maker to make it more comercially appealing -igonore these and you have a great film to watch - if your even looking at buying this film it is obvious you are not after a rambo/die hard affair - you will appreciate it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2014
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This German film directed by Hardy Martins, and starring Bernhard Bettermann as Clemens Forell, a German soldier captured by the Russians in World War Two, is based on a popular story by the novelist Josef Martin Bauer, who based his book on the supposed adventures of real life German soldier Cornelius Rost who escaped from a Gulag in Siberia. This is an epic escape tale on the same scale as Heinrich Harrer’s adventures in “Seven Years in Tibet” and Slavomir Rawicz’s “The Long Walk” which took place in a similar geographic area. Both of those novels were also made into films. Peter Weir’s film version of Rawicz’s tale, “The Way Back”, was a bit disappointing. In that film they walked...then they walked some more... then yup, they walked even more. Occasionally they quarrelled! It wasn’t all that entertaining! Whilst “Seven Years in Tibet” was an improvement, this lesser known film is perhaps the best of the lot.

This film uses a number of different languages which highlights the confusion for the escaped prisoner in very foreign climes, giving it some genuine realism. “The Long Walk” stupidly threw a token American into the melting pot, throwing any semblance of realism straight out of the window. There is also a convincing protagonist in the brutal Russian labour camp commander, who is the sort of adversary who will pursue his quarry to the ends of the earth, and virtually does. The film also throws in genuine moments of humanity which lift the film and give it some meaning. There is also the mounting tension of will he or won’t he get away. This all adds up to a very entertaining film.

The prospects for captured German soldiers on the Russian front were not good. Few of those captured at Stalingrad ever made it home again.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Aug. 2011
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I was thrilled to see this on your list. I have seen it several times on TV and have always wanted a copy. The film shows the endurance of an individual despite all set backs. His adventures are incredible especially when he crosses the Siberian tundra. His return to Munich was heart warming. The only thing which spoiled it was my son in law in Munich who said that it was largely fictional!!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 July 2008
Format: DVD
This is a German language film with English subtitles based on the novel by the same name which was based on a true story about a German POW in the aftermath of WWII who escaped a Siberia work camp and made an amazing 8,000-mile trek home to Munich to be reunited with his family.

I haven't read the novel, but of course it was a novel and so much of it was made up. It doesn't matter however, since what counts in a movie is simply the movie itself. I am always a little put off when the blurbs for a film scream out: "Based on a true story!" So what? Sometimes that's significant and sometimes it isn't. In this case the fact that there actually existed a German POW who managed such an amazing escape is important. The exact details of what happened to him would be wonderful to have. But in lieu of that, we do have this wonderful movie.

Bernhard Bettermann stars as Clemens Forell, and he is perfect for the part. To survive such an epic adventure the person has to be strong of body and strong of will. Bettermann looks as though he could actually do something like this, except for the fact that he is so tall and pale I suspect he would stand out and be easily identified as a foreigner in those strange lands through which he trekked. Also a bit not so realistic is the Soviet camp commander who personally chases Forell all the way to the Iranian border (although that resulted in a nice ironic scene on the bridge at the border between Iran and what--I think--is Turkmenistan). In reality there were probably several Soviet officers who played that part. And I would also liked to have seen a little more about how he found enough to eat. And finally it is clear that the last parts of his journey were sped up a bit as though the filmmakers were in a hurry.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jorg Wheelan on 19 Jun. 2011
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This film was well worth the money, one man against the elements , makes you wonder how some people have so much inner strength, although it has subtitles that was not a problem.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL KUSTERNIG on 20 Aug. 2011
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The DVD was excellent. The attention to detail regards uniform and the history was superb. I must say that I had read the book twice before watching the DVD and would recommend that the book be read first. A little bit of poetic licence by the Director in two scenes ie: The Doctor committing suicide and the Russian officer following him for 3 years right up to the Iranian border - Forrell would not have known that. A MUST read and WATCH. ******

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Michael Kusternig
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