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Lili Marleen

Year:
Duration:
120 min | Brazil:111 min
Genres:
Drama | Music | Romance | War
IMDB rate:
7.2
Director:
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations
Details
Country: West Germany
Release Date: 1981-01-14
Filming Locations: Berlin, Germany
Earnings
Gross: ITL 1,856,800,000 (Italy) ( 1981)
Cast
Actor
Character
Giancarlo Giannini
Giancarlo Giannini
Lili Marleen
Hanna Schygulla
Willie
Mel Ferrer
David Mendelsson
Karl-Heinz von Hassel
Henkel (as Karl Heinz von Hassel)
Erik Schumann
von Strehlow
Hark Bohm
Taschner
Gottfried John
Aaron
Karin Baal
Anna Lederer
Christine Kaufmann
Miriam
Udo Kier
Drewitz
Roger Fritz
Kauffmann
Rainer Will
Bernt
Raúl Gimenez
Blonsky (as Raul Giminez)
Adrian Hoven
Ginsberg
Willy Harlander
Prosel
Barbara Valentin
Eva
Helen Vita
Grete
Elisabeth Volkmann
Marika
Lilo Pempeit
Tamara
Traute Hoess
Polin
Brigitte Mira
Nachbarin
Herb Andress
Reintgen
Michael McLernon
Schweizer Grenzbeamter
Jürgen Draeger
Journalist (as Jürgen Dräger)
Rudolf Lenz
Dr. Glaubrecht
Harry Baer
Norbert Schultze
Toni Netzle
Frau Prosel
Daniel Schmid
Pförtner
Peter Chatel
SA-Mann
Volker Eckstein
1. SD-Mann
Helmut Petigk
2. SD-Mann
Werner Asam
3. SD-Mann
Dirk Galuba
4. SD-Mann
Sonja Neudorfer
Frau Buerli
Irm Hermann
Krankenschwester
Herbert Steinmetz
Arzt
Alexander Allerson
Goedecke
Kristine De Loup
Nachrichtensprecherin (as Christine de Loupe)
Adam & Eve
(uncredited)
Franz Buchrieser
Thome (uncredited)
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Günther Weissenborn (uncredited)
Michele Oliveri
Soldat (uncredited)
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Trivia
Shot in English for American distribution; later dubbed in German
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West Germany's official Foreign Language Film submission at the 54th Academy Awards. The film failed to be nominated.
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The character of Willi is loosely based on the German singer Lale Andersen who was the real Lili Marleen.
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Goofs
The German officer, Kaufmann, who arrests Robert on the train wears the uniform of an SS-Gruppenfuhrer (General) - it is highly unlikely that an SS General of such rank would be checking identity papers at random on a train.
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After having tried to commit suicide, Willi is seen performing "Lili Marleen" in the Berlin Sportpalast as part of a deal with the Nazis, dazzlingly dressed up in front of thousands, and the event is transmitted live. Then suddenly all is held up by the announcement that all German forces have surrendered (VE Day, May 8, 1945). Of course, in the final months of the regime no-one would bother about arranging a sumptuous live transmission of music; by this time, Berlin was a heap of rubble.
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Robert is put in a Gestapo cell to find out who he is; apparently at least a week passes. Finally the ruthless ones find out that he knows Willi, the star, and decide to have them confronted, yet at this point he looks his clean-shaved best and is even better dressed than on the night of his arrest.
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Photos from cast
Giancarlo Giannini