The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others (2006)

Before the Fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germany's Secret Police Listened to Your Secrets.

  • Genre: Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date: 2006-03-15
  • User Rating: 8.039/10 from 3134 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 17min
  • Language: Deutsch
  • Production Company: Sony Pictures Classics
  • Production Country: France, Germany
  • Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
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A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the system.


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  • Ulrich Mühe

    as Gerd Wiesler
  • Martina Gedeck

    as Christa-Maria Sieland
  • Sebastian Koch

    as Georg Dreyman
  • Ulrich Tukur

    as Anton Grubitz
  • Thomas Thieme

    as Bruno Hempf
  • Hans-Uwe Bauer

    as Paul Hauser
  • Volkmar Kleinert

    as Albert Jerska
  • Matthias Brenner

    as Karl Wallner
  • Bastian Trost

    as Häftling 227
  • Anabelle D. Munro

    as Theatre Actress (uncredited)
  • Charly Hübner

    as Udo
  • Herbert Knaup

    as Gregor Hessenstein
  • Marie Gruber

    as Frau Meineke
  • Hinnerk Schönemann

    as Axel Stigler
  • Thomas Arnold

    as Nowack
  • Ludwig Blochberger

    as Benedikt Lehmann
  • Volker Michalowski

    as Schriftexperte
  • Werner Daehn

    as Einsatzleiter in Uniform
  • Martin Brambach

    as Einsatzleiter Meyer
  • Hubertus Hartmann

    as Egon Schwalber
  • Paul Faßnacht

    as Onkel Frank Hauser
  • Paul Maximilian Schüller

    as Junge mit Ball
  • Susanna Kraus

    as Andrea
  • Michael Gerber

    as Zahnarzt Dr. Czimmy
  • Fabian von Klitzing

    as Tagesschausprecher
  • Harald Polzin

    as Wächter
  • Sheri Hagen

    as 'Martha' 1991
  • Gitta Schweighöfer

    as 'Anja' 1984
  • Hildegard Schroedter

    as 'Elena' 1984
  • Inga Birkenfeld

    as 'Elena' 1991 / BStU-Mitarbeiterin
  • Jens Wassermann

    as 'Rolf' Andi Wenzke-Falkenau
  • Kai Ivo Baulitz

    as Buchverkäufer
  • Klaus Münster

    as Erich Mielke (voice) (uncredited)
  • Gabi Fleming

    as Prostitute
Production Andreas Schreitmüller Co-Producer
Production Simone Bär Casting
Art Frank Noack Set Decoration
Editing Patricia Rommel Editor
Sound Gabriel Yared Original Music Composer
Writing Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Screenplay
Directing Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Director
Production Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Co-Producer
Camera Hagen Bogdanski Director of Photography
Sound Stéphane Moucha Original Music Composer
Production Max Wiedemann Producer
Production Quirin Berg Producer
Crew Alister Mazzotti Stunts
Lighting Jürgen Ruge Lighting Technician
Sound Arno Wilms Sound mixer
Production Tom Sternitzke Production Manager
Production Christine Haupt Production Coordinator
Art Christiane Rothe Art Direction
Sound Hubertus Rath Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Costume & Make-Up Gabriele Binder Costume Design
Crew Sylvain Coutandin Post Production Assistant
Costume & Make-Up Sabine Schumann Makeup Artist
Production Claudia Gladziejewski Co-Producer
Production Monika Lobkowicz Co-Producer
Sound João Da Costa Pinto Foley
Editing Olivia Retzer Assistant Editor
Camera Hagen Keller Still Photographer
Production Dirk Hamm Co-Producer
Production Eva Simonet Publicist
Sound Philipp Sellier Foley
Sound Christoph von Schönburg Sound Designer
Sound Jörn Poetzl Foley
Art Silke Buhr Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Annett Schulze Makeup Artist
Sound Eva Claudius ADR & Dubbing
Sound Detlef Halaski ADR & Dubbing
Sound Oliver Schnug Boom Operator
Crew Hans Seck Special Effects
Lighting Michael Koschorreck Lighting Technician
Lighting Michael Röska Gaffer
Art Thomas Duchnicki Location Scout
Production Sally Steele Publicist
Art Martin Zillger Location Scout