The Tunnel

The Tunnel

DVD - 2008
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The Tunnel is based on the true story of a massive underground escape attempt from East to West Berlin. An Anti-communist East German swimming champion narrowly escapes before the Berlin Wall is done, but his sister is left behind.
Publisher: [Collingwood, Vic.] : Aztec International : Distributed by Madman Entertainment, [2008]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (160 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Nov 18, 2017

This is movie is based on a true story which is as exciting as any Spielberg movie. Berlin's residents woke 50 years ago to find East German soldiers sealing the city with barbed wire, placing Soviet-occupied East Berlin firmly behind the Iron Curtain. The barrier had been put up mainly to stop East Berliners from escaping to West Berlin which was more prosperous.

The wall split families and neighbourhoods and came to symbolise the Cold War division of East from West Germany. It is estimated that 169 people were killed trying to cross the border between 1961- 1989, many shot on sight.

This movie chronicles the attempts of a small group of, largely, strangers as they work together to escape to the west.

Nov 25, 2015

A very enjoyable film about the a people's quest for freedom from the then East German regime. Those who sought to escape put their lives and those they love at risk. The price of freedom is high and things that we take for granted came with a price for others.
Seelochan Beharry.

Samsung Mar 23, 2014

This movie left me with mixed emotions. It is based on the typical concept of a black and white separation between East and West Berlin, and only offers the Western perspective of that separation. Isn't it time we move into a more sophisticated understanding of these two countries. This movie was made in the early 21st Century, surely that could have been accomplished. The little bit of daily East Berlin life which the movie shows us does not leave one thinking very badly, and so why the intense effort to escape? For the opportunity to drink real coffee, and dance in the dance hall? This movie actually makes the serious argument that coffee and dancing are worth risking your life over.

Heino Ferch is a captivating actor.

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