Der Tunnel (The Tunnel) Reviews

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August 3, 2008
This true story about one of the many tunnel escape attempts under the Berlin wall in the 60s provides all the excitement of an escape movie, given extra depth and resonance by its real life genesis... a superb film
September 23, 2005
Richter makes wonderful if obvious use of the wall and the tunnel as built-in metaphors for our struggle for human connection and dread of helplessness and change.
September 22, 2005
Well-cast and sporadically gripping.
September 15, 2005
It is the kind of superbly crafted, intelligent entertainment -- a classic suspense thriller -- that nowadays is as welcome as it is rare.
September 15, 2005
Richter gives a raw, frank but sophisticated account of the excruciating logistics of this great escape, and the appalling, inspiring blend of betrayal and courage that attended the group's herculean efforts.
September 2, 2005
A true story few people will know, and it's told with a warm, crafty efficiency that makes for wonderful entertainment.
September 2, 2005
It's a gripping great-escape yarn of the sort we don't see much anymore.
September 1, 2005
The Tunnel proved to be too exciting for mere broadcast
August 19, 2005
Either as history at its most inspiring or moviemaking at its most exciting, The Tunnel is a trip.
August 18, 2005
It's so well told that you'll be biting your nails until the film's final few minutes.
June 24, 2005
There are few moments when you're not totally absorbed by the film.
June 23, 2005
Overlong and a bit overcooked...but it's also properly grueling.
June 10, 2005
Based on a true story from the late 1950s, this thrilling drama looks at the extraordinary lengths taken by a group of West Berliners to dig a tunnel under the city's barbed-wire border with East Berlin.
April 29, 2005
Director Roland Suso Richter maintains tension for 2 1/2 hours, even though the resolution is almost surreal.
April 29, 2005
Richter's brisk direction keeps us riveted through the suspenseful finish of his vivid history lesson.
April 29, 2005
Genuinely gripping, balancing the travails of constructing the tunnel against the characters' stories with considerable skill.
April 28, 2005
Roland Suso Richter's darkly atmospheric film recounts the effort of a group of people to dig a tunnel under the Berlin Wall.
April 7, 2005
The film picks up steam as the tunnel nears completion -- thanks, in part, to a Hollywood film crew that pays for the rights to the tunnelers' story, providing them with the money to finish the project.
November 19, 2003
As the edge-of-the-seat narrative unfolds, every performance is layered, every shot by cinematographer Martin Langer is effectively streamlined and a plot that could easily have been predicable ripples with suspense.
February 7, 2003
The Tunnel combines fact and fiction, but is never less than completely engrossing.
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