Night Crossing (1982)





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Two friends chart a daring path to freedom in this drama from Walt Disney Pictures. Peter Strelzyk (John Hurt) and Guenter Wetzel (Beau Bridges) are two men living in East Germany who can no longer tolerate the petty tyrannies of Communist rule. Together, they formulate a daring plan to escape to democratic West Germany in a hot air balloon, but Peter and Guenter realize that they have to build a very special lighter-than-air craft to carry both themselves and their families to safety. Night Crossing also features Jane Alexander, Doug McKeon, and Keith McKeon as members of the Strelzyk Family, and Glynnis O'Connor, Michael Liesik, and Geoffrey Liesik as the Wetzels.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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John Hurt
as Peter Strelzyks
Jane Alexander
as Doris Strelzyk
Glynnis O'Connor
as Petra Wetzel
Ian Bannen
as Josef Keller
Doug McKeon
as Frank Strelzyks
Keith McKeon
as Fitscher Strelzyks
Beau Bridges
as Gunter Wetzel
Geoffrey Liesik
as Little Peter Wetzel
Michael Liesik
as Andreas Wetzel
Anne Stallybrass
as Magda Keller
Matthew G. Taylor
as Lucas Keller
Günter Meisner
as Maj. Koerner
Klaus Lowitsch
as Schmolk
Sky du Mont
as Ziegler
Jan Niklas
as Lt. Fehler
Kay Walsh
as Doris' Mother
Carola Höhn
as Petra's Mother
Irene Prador
as Mrs. Roseler
Carola Hoehn
as Petra's Mother
Jan-Paul Biczycki
as Pharmacist
Osman Ragheb
as Store Supervisor
Ursula Ludwig
as 1st Store Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Night Crossing

All Critics (3)

Night Crossing proves that a family united in a common project can accomplish near impossible things.

Full Review… | February 4, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

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September 21, 2005
International Press Academy

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June 19, 2005

Audience Reviews for Night Crossing

Saw it years ago, but do recall I saw it at night while crossing my legs so as to feel an integral part of the whole experience and I do believe it worked as they seemed to make it out and I apparently made it home, so all was well with the world that eve.

Melanie D'Angelo
Melanie D'Angelo

Since it's a Disney production, "Night Crossing" is a pretty wholesome picture that conveniently glosses over some of the darker elements of the era in which the film is set. That doesn't by any means make this a bad movie, in fact quite the opposite is true. This is a thrilling and captivating movie that exemplifies the human spirit and what it means to be free. There's a fine cast, and young Beau Bridges is exceptionally good along with the typically reliable John Hurt. Director Delbert Mann is a good storyteller, but he keeps the film paced well and the tension tight. The story is true, but it's not a historically significant one. Mann's capable direction, however, makes the finale a real nail-biter in the grand Disney tradition. Thanks to a strong script, you really come to care for these characters and it really doesn't bother you so much that the screenwriters sanitize history. In fact, in some ways that's a good thing simply because it makes this perfect family entertainment. I can honestly say that it can easily be enjoyed by parents and their children, and it's good enough to generate a lot of discussion afterwards. Inquisitive kids will instinctively want to learn more about this subject, and an educational and entertaining film can't be a bad thing at all. "Night Crossing" was the first "grown-up" movie I can remember seeing as a kid, and it still holds up just fine for today's audiences. It's a thrilling, well-told story that builds tension nicely.

Timothy Sanders
Timothy Sanders

In 1979, a couple of families fled to West Germany in a hot-air balloon in order to live in a more free and peaceful area.

Michael Ward
Michael Ward

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