The Tunnel

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Based on the real-life heroics of East German swimming champ Hasso Herschel—here called Harry Melchior (Ferch)—Richter's film nods to old-fashioned capers such as The Great Escape but still plays like a pedestrian docudrama filled with tears and triumph. Harry successfully slips over to West Berlin just as the Wall is being completed, in August 1961. Determined to rescue his sister from Communist misery, the hunky swimmer teams up with his engineer pal Matthis (Koch) and other freedom fighters to dig the 145-yard-long titular passage.

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Director: Roland Suso Richter
Screenwriter: Johannes W Betz
Cast: Heino Ferch
Nicolette Krebitz
Sebastian Koch
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