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The Harmonists (1999)

The Harmonists (1999)

The Harmonists



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This fact-based German musical drama chronicles the lives of a popular barbershop sextet in Nazi Germany during the '30s. As their fame increases, authorities objected to the Jews in the group. Traveling to New York they eventually must decide whether to remain in the U.S. or return to Germany.more
Rating: R (for some nudity)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Klaus Richter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 2, 2002
Miramax Films

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Ben Becker
as Robert Biberti
Ulrich Noethen
as Harry Frommermann
Heino Ferch
as Roman Cycowski
Max Tidof
as Ari Leschnikoff
Heinrich Schafmeiste...
as Erich A. Collin
Kai Wiesinger
as Erwin Bootz
Meret Becker
as Erna Eggstein
Katja Riemann
as Mary Cycowski
Dana Vávrová
as Ursula Bootz
Otto Sander
as Bruno Levy
Günter Lamprecht
as Eric Charell
Gerard Samaan
as Roman's Father
Rolf Hoppe
as Streicher
Jürgen Schornagel
as Reich Music Director
Rudolf Wessely
as Herr Grunbaum
Susi Nicoletti
as Frau Grunbaum
Giora Feidman
as Solo Clarinet
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Critic Reviews for The Harmonists

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (14)

The movie is history as kitsch, not quite on the Life is Beautiful level of manipulation, but clumsy.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A glorious surprise.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Performances aside, the movie is dull and perfunctory.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

The story of the Comedian Harmonists, who brought to the waning days of Weimar a bubbly frivolity, is a rich one. Rich enough to keep you watching and wanting to know more.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Only when we delve deeper into the material does it become apparent that the director has a more ambitious agenda, and that agenda makes The Harmonists a satisfying experience.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

As director, Vilsmaier again has a firm grip on tone and pace.

January 1, 2000
The New Republic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Harmonists

This is a great foreign film about a German group know as The Comedian Harmonists and their rise to fame and fall due to the Nazi Party. I enjoyed the acting and enoyed the music even more. If you are not particularly happy about the acting in this movie just enjoy the great music. Heino Ferch and Ulrich Noethen give great performances. At some parts the acting isnt really convincing but just enjoy the terrific music.

Jeremy Holstad

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