The Harmonists


The Harmonists (1999)


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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.

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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 Schafmeister
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 (36) | Top Critics (11)

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

Mar 19, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4

A glorious surprise.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Performances aside, the movie is dull and perfunctory.

Jan 1, 2000

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.

Jan 1, 2000

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.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

Jan 1, 2000

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