So weit die Füße tragen (As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me)

2001

So weit die Füße tragen (As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me)

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The true story of a German soldier's long and difficult journey home after being sentenced to a Russian prison camp inspired this wartime epic. In 1944, Clemens Forell (Bernhard Bettermann) leaves behind his wife and children and joins the German army, where he is sent to fight along the Russian front. After a year in the trenches, Forell is captured by Soviet forces and is sentenced to spend 25 years at hard labor, mining lead. Predictably enough, the mine proves to be a dangerous and dispiriting environment, and after three years Forell decides he can stand no more and blocks out an escape plan. Forell makes his break during the dead of winter, and while he's at first discovered by a group of hunters who intend to turn him back in, a band of Eskimos come to his rescue. Forell throws in his lot with them, eventually falling in love with the lovely granddaughter (Irina Pantayeva) of the Eskimo chieftain. After a few seasons with the Eskimos, Forell resumes his journey back home, narrowly escaping capture in Siberia and finding an unexpected ally as he tries to cross into Iran. So Weit Die Fuesse Tragen was adapted from a best-selling German novel based on an actual incident; the novel was also the basis for a popular German television series of the late '50s.

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  • Oct 14, 2010
    Ok, I really liked this even though at times it seemed like a German version of a made-for-tv movie. I also am having a hard time believing everything that happened to him, like the part with the beautiful eskimo woman. But, all in all, it was really good. I got chills during the very last scene.
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  • Feb 18, 2010
    Mesmerizing account of a German POW making his way back across 3000 miles of Russia after escaping from a Soviet forced labor camp in Siberia. A bit slow in a few places. One might do well to fast-forward through the first 8 minutes of irrelevant and sappy family sentiment, to the point where the prisoners actually debark from the trains and begin their ordeal. This film could have been a bit more gritty, but it is nevertheless a very interesting adventure. Well produced, German language, English subtitles.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2008
    My love for Escape movies and P.O.Ws is what made me watch this underrated, practically unknown movie. It's all about a german pow held captive in a labour camp in Siberia, escaping the camp on foot and walking out nearly 15.000 kilometers to freedom, to his wife and little kids. A good movie, but it's way overlong and goes at a very slow pace. Patience is the key :)
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