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The Miracle of Bern (2003) ( Das Wunder von Bern ) (Blu-Ray)

Peter Lohmeyer , Louis Klamroth , Sönke Wortmann    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Lohmeyer, Louis Klamroth, Johanna Gastdorf, Mirko Lang, Birthe Wolter
  • Directors: Sönke Wortmann
  • Producers: The Miracle of Bern (2003) ( Das Wunder von Bern ) (Blu-Ray), The Miracle of Bern (2003), Das Wunder von Bern
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 118.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003OG3R5W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,921 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Germany released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), German ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: German filmmaker and former professional footballer (read: soccer player) Sönke Wortmann directs the family sports drama Das Wunder von Bern (The Miracle of Bern). The title is in reference to the unexpected German victory over the Hungarians at the 1954 World Cup in Bern, Switzerland. In the working-class Ruhr region of West Germany, the Lubanski family eagerly awaits husband and father Richard (Peter Lohmeyer) to be released from the Soviet POW camp. During his absence, mother Christa (Johanna Gastdorf) and daughter Ingrid (Birthe Wolter) have started up their own business, while son Matthias (Louis Klamroth) has developed an interest in soccer. He idolizes local player Helmut Rahn, but his father doesn't approve of it. Meanwhile, sports journalist Paul Ackermann (Lucas Gregorowicz) heads to Switzerland to cover the World Cup events. The finale at the climactic soccer game was re-created with professional players from the German Football Liga along with a 3-D stadium and CGI crowd. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: European Film Awards, ...The Miracle of Bern (2003) ( Das Wunder von Bern ) (Blu-Ray)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Miracle of Reconcilliation 11 Oct 2005
Format:DVD
A sweet, touching, and funny movie, "The Miracle of Bern" allows a rarely-seen glimpse into the immediate post-war era in Germany.
With their spirits low after their crushing defeat in WWII, loved ones still returning from PoW camps in Russia, and a desperately poor economy, Germans had their national pride restored by their soccer team's victory in the World Cup Finals in Bern, Switzerland.
This little gem of a movie is beautiful in its own right, and is particularly poignant for anyone interested in the plight of the ordinary German in the aftermath of the Second World War. The dignity of the human spirit, despite deprivations and hardships, shines through. A must-see.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brill 1 Mar 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Definitely agree with the above two reviews. This DVD also has thrilling extras with the footage from the actual world cup and the comments from people who remembered that day too. A film for football followers and philistines alike!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving, humorous and likeable story 9 July 2009
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My school students who are learning German enjoyed this film, especially the action scenes! We would recommend it to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant, ausgezeichnet, groß!!!!! 25 Jan 2012
Format:DVD
This movie has a significance for me as it was one of the first German movies i watched, my wife and i who were learning German watched it along with our German tutor and i had no idea how much i was going to love this film! A story that grips you from beginning to end, based on the true story of the 1954 world cup winning German team with a little bit of a interwoven story of a young boy, who is Helmut Rahns good luck charm as a kit bag boy who attends his games. It is brilliantly put together to form a story that touches the heart and makes you feel good! I know that the side story of the young boy is most likely not real but it is put together so well you wish it was! I could say that this is one of the best football films i have ever seen but that is only my opinion but honestly buy the movie and i assure you, you will love it! If you don't love this as a story then you must have a swinging brick for a heart! All of the above German words don't do this one justice! Give it a chance and it is a movie you will recommend to your family and friends! even if they don't like football!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive and intriguing film 16 Jan 2012
Format:DVD
I'm a German teacher, and I struggle to find genuine German films suitable for my younger groups, as many excellent German films are rated 15 and up. I was concerned that this film would be too 'football' heavy, but it isn't. It's a moving family drama, interweaved with a story of football success. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "...we could feel like human beings again" 1 July 2011
By Thomas
Format:DVD
I loved this film. I knew that Germany had won the World Cup in 1954 but I had no idea of all that had to be overcome to do it (and not only on the field of play - I didn't know that some German prisoners of war were kept prisoner for many years after the war's end, for example). Or of the special surge of relief and joy that the efforts of their team brought to the people back home. A friend of mine who was a small boy in Germany at the time described the feeling for me as follows: "for the first time since the war, we could feel like human beings again". As a result, men like Fritz Walter and Helmut Rahn became more than football heroes for him and others. Having watched this wonderful film, it's not at all hard to see why.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Das Wunder 18 Jun 2011
Format:DVD
I am not a major football plan, and the main reason that I bought this film was to improve my German. Saying that, I was captivated by the three main story threads running through this marvellous film and how they intersected at Bern during the 1954 World Cup. Excellent football drama about how a team gelled together, with a little help from screw-on studs, though perhaps a tad too clichéd at the end. Overall excellent.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 30 Oct 2008
Format:DVD
Probably the best football movie ever made. It's just excellent and the recreationof the action is incredibly close to original archive footage.

The movie is a wondefully woven story, half is a fictional story that is interwoven with possibly the greatest World Cup story.

Loved it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Incorrect certificate
Rating is incorrect- PG on cover, 15 on disc! The film is super but I wanted to show it to primary-aged children which involved serious editing of unsuitable language.
Published 26 days ago by ajp
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed this moving film.
Published 1 month ago by neets
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart Warming
A heart warming story, which not only provided a bit of hope for Germans after WW2, but also relates the ties which can bind a father and son.
Published 1 month ago by Gay Londoner
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy, Sunday evening viewing
I was a bit disappointed with this film as I'd expected something grittier or at least less sentimental. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Irresponsible aunty
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
A thoroughly enjoyable film made about a true story and told from a very clever and well observed perspective. The film will appeal to football and non-football lovers alike. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Danny der Rote
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film
I bought this for my football mad boyfriend and another copy for my football mad brother and they both loved it, don't let the fact that it's a foreign film put you off this is an... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Shell
5.0 out of 5 stars Film classic from Germany
A compelling film with an unusual theme; a working class family in the Ruhr area struggle to come together again as a family when the father, a former coalminer returns from a... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. David M. Panton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, even for non-footies fans!
A really good film to watch.
Don't worry about the subtitles - you get used to them.
Just sit back and enjoy.
Published 15 months ago by MR C C REENE
5.0 out of 5 stars Will surprise you !
Bought this for nostalgic reasons, as my father, his two brothers and friend, jumped in an old rolls royce, and drove to this world cup from manchester. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Drysfa
5.0 out of 5 stars This is just not about football
This is not a just a football film but one about life in Germany in 1950's.

A wonderful uplifting film, sorrowful, comedic but above all all human life is there.
Published 16 months ago by Michael France
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