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The Tunnel

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Released 2001

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The Tunnel

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Director:
Roland Suso Richter
Released:
2001
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The Tunnel, directed by Roland Suso Richter, is a film based on the true story of Hasso Herschel, who helped orchestrate the escape of a group of East Berliners to West Germany. The protagonist of this film, Harry Melchior (Heino Ferch), wins the 1961 national swimming championship title despite having been imprisoned for several years as a result of his role in the June 1953 East Germany uprising. Although Melchior and his best friend, Matthis (Sebastian Koch), have managed to flee to West Germany, they remain dedicated to helping their friends and family escape the German Democratic Republic. As ground routes are placed under heavy guard, Melchior and Matthis, who is an engineer, decide to tunnel under the Berlin Wall. The pair then team up with a small network of other participants who desire to help their loved ones escape the regime. Together, they embark on a massive tunneling project which is as devious and dangerous as it is ambitious.

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    It is the kind of superbly crafted, intelligent entertainment — a classic suspense thriller — that nowadays is as welcome as it is rare.

  • 80

    Variety Derek Elley

    A cracking slice of old-fashioned, widescreen entertainment.

  • 70

    The New York Times

    The film convincingly portrays the devastating, life-altering hardships and restrictions that the residents of the divided Berlin endured.

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    Foreign Language, Thrillers