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  • Actors: Louis Klamroth, Peter Lohmeyer, Johanna Gastdorf, Lucas Gregorowicz, Katharina Wackernagel
  • Directors: Sönke Wortmann
  • Writers: Sönke Wortmann, Rochus Hahn
  • Producers: Alicia Remirez, Benjamin Herrmann, Hanno Huth, Stefaan Schieder, Stefan Gärtner
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 29 April 2004
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00011SU8W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,227 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Germany released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), German ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), 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 ( Das Wunder von Bern )

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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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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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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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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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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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My school students who are learning German enjoyed this film, especially the action scenes! We would recommend it to anyone.
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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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Historically, few movies have been made about football. I believe this is due for two reasons: 1) Hollywood wasn't familiar and care little for the sport for many years, and 2) European directors, who one would have expected to be more disposed to made such a film, have generally been dismissive of football. You see, in their mind, I think they see it as the opiate of the people (the working class in Western Europe would rather go and see a match on Saturday than start a revolution to overthrow capitalism). Only recently there have been a number of movies that deal with the world's most popular sport. This is in my opinion the best of them, dealing with the surprise victory of Germany in the 1954 World Cup over the highly favored team of Hungary. This victory was of historical significance for the Germans, according to some people, since it was the first victory of any kind Germany have 9 years after the end of the war, and it meant the start of a new era of increased self-confidence for the country. OK, maybe this is an exaggeration, but this movie, which mixes real characters (the players, coach Herberger) with invented ones (the journalist and his newly married wife, the kid from the Ruhr region who has a bad relationship with his former POW father and wants to go to Switzerland to see the final match) is thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end.
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