The Lives of Others (2006)

Lives of Others
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating R
Runtime 2hr 17mins.
Genres Drama, Thriller, Foreign, Period
Keywords 1980s, political, suspenseful
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Patricia Rommel Editor n/a 172 7000001
Stephane Moucha Original Music Music 120838 8000001
Hagen Bogdanski Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Claudia Beewen Assistant Director n/a 163 5000001
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Gabriel Yared Original Music Music 120838 8000002
Silke Buhr Art Director n/a 183 9000001
Christoph von Schoenburg Sound n/a 120816 14000002
Hubertus Rath Sound n/a 120816 14000003
Arno Wilms Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Gabriele Binder Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Simone Bär Casting n/a 179 10000001
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Co-Producer n/a 170 3000004
Dirk Hamm Co-Producer n/a 170 3000003
Thomas Thieme Actor Minister Bruno Hempf 1 1000005
Hans-Uwe Bauer Actor Paul Hauser 1 1000006
Ulrich Tukur Actor Lt-Col Anton Grubitz 1 1000004
Sebastian Koch Actor Georg Dreyman 1 1000003
Ulrich Muehe Actor Capt Gerd Wiesler 1 1000002
Herbert Knaup Actor Gregor Hessenstein 1 1000007
Volkmar Kleinert Actor Albert Jerski 1 1000008
Quirin Berg Producer n/a 3 3000001
Max Wiedemann Producer n/a 3 3000002
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Director n/a 2 2000001
Charly Huebner Actor Udo 1 1000010
Matthias Brenner Actor Karl Wallner 1 1000009
Martina Gedeck Actor Christa-Maria Sieland 1 1000001
Synopsis
East Berlin, November 1984. Five years before its downfall, the former East-German government ensured its claim to power with a ruthless system of control and surveillance. Party-loyalist Captain Gerd Wiesler hopes to boost his career when given the job of collecting evidence against the playwright Georg Dreyman and his girlfriend, the celebrated theater actress Christa-Maria Sieland. After all, the "operation" is backed by the highest political circles. What he didn't anticipate, however, was that submerging oneself into the world of the target also changes the surveillance agent. The immersion in the lives of others--in love, literature, free thinking and speech--makes Wiesler acutely aware of the meagerness of his own existence and opens to him a completely new way of life which he has ever more trouble resisting. But the system, once started, cannot be stopped. A dangerous game has begun.