Tunnel

Overview

The true story of Hasso Herschel inspired this epic Cold War drama from Germany. Harry Melchoir (Heino Ferch) was a respected German athlete when the Berlin Wall forcibly divided the nation in 1961. Unwilling to cooperate with the East German authorities, Melchoir escaped to West Berlin, along with his friends Matthis (Sebastian Koch), Vic (Mehmet Kurtulus), and Fred (Felix Eitner). When he fled to West Germany, Melchoir was forced to leave his family behind, and he fears for the fate of his sister Lotte ...
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Overview

The true story of Hasso Herschel inspired this epic Cold War drama from Germany. Harry Melchoir (Heino Ferch) was a respected German athlete when the Berlin Wall forcibly divided the nation in 1961. Unwilling to cooperate with the East German authorities, Melchoir escaped to West Berlin, along with his friends Matthis (Sebastian Koch), Vic (Mehmet Kurtulus), and Fred (Felix Eitner). When he fled to West Germany, Melchoir was forced to leave his family behind, and he fears for the fate of his sister Lotte (Alexandra Maria Lara). Eager to free Lotte from East German rule, Melchoir strikes upon the idea of building a tunnel under the wall that will allow her to leave the country undetected; Melchoir recruits Matthis, Vic, and Fred to help him, along with a resourceful woman named Fritzi (Nicolette Krebitz). It isn't long before Melchoir and his compatriots discover that many others want to help their friends and family escape the East German regime, and the simple tunnel turns into a massive building and engineering project that's both ambitious and fraught with danger for all parties concerned. Der Tunnel was produced as a two-part miniseries for German television; an edited feature-length version was prepared for possible theatrical release outside Europe.
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Special Features

New digital transfer, enhanced for 16:9 televisions; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound; Making-of featurette (25 minutes); Theatrical trailer; Liner notes by film critic Maitland McDonagh (tvguide.com)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2005
  • UPC: 037429210529
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Homevision
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:47:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Heino Ferch Harry Melchior
Nicolette Krebitz Friederike 'Fritzi' Scholz
Sebastian Koch Matthis Hiller
Alexandra Maria Lara Lotte Lohamann
Claudia Michelsen Carola Hiller
Felix Eitner Fred von Klausnitz
Mehmet Kurtulus Vic
Karin Baal Marianne von Krausnitz
Florian Panzner Heiner
Heinrich Schmieder Theo Lohmann
Technical Credits
Roland Suso Richter Director
Johannes W. Betz Screenwriter
Nico Hofmann Producer
Harald Kloser Score Composer
Martin Langer Cinematographer
Michael Pfalzer Production Designer
Bettina Schmidt Art Director
Eva Schnare Editor
Rita Serra-Roll Casting
Roland Winke Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Tunnel
1. Before the Wall [10:30]
2. Papers [3:32]
3. Comrades [5:13]
4. The Plan [7:41]
5. Threats [2:46]
6. Foundation [4:03]
7. A Stranger [5:49]
8. Cave-in [3:26]
9. Candidates [2:57]
10. Stand-in [6:42]
11. Detained [10:18]
12. One Way to Escape [4:28]
13. Vic's Return [3:40]
14. Informant [9:22]
15. Co-production [13:28]
16. Width of a Wall [:00]
17. Comfort [5:19]
18. Flood [6:56]
19. The Subtle Approach [2:44]
20. Flow of Information [4:28]
21. Repercussions [2:34]
22. Breaking Through [4:54]
23. State Surveillance [6:36]
24. Hidden in Plain Sight [7:05]
25. Coffee and Cognac [4:31]
26. White Scarf [5:00]
27. The Last Group [5:03]
28. Men of Conviction [2:32]
29. The Other Side [4:37]
30. End Credits [6:21]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Tunnel
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   Scenes
   Making Of
   Trailers
      The Tunnel
      The Seagull's Laughter
      The Inheritance
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   Set-Up
      Subtitles
         English Subtitles: On
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      Audio
         Dolby Digital 2.0
         Dolby Digital 5.1
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