The Tunnel (Der Tunnel)
The Tunnel (Der Tunnel) (2001)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 4, 2005
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91%


Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Tunnel is both a tension-filled thriller and a riveting history lesson.

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Richter makes wonderful if obvious use of the wall and the tunnel as built-in metaphors for our struggle for human connection and dread of helplessness and change.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

A true story few people will know, and it's told with a warm, crafty efficiency that makes for wonderful entertainment.

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Urban Cinefile

This true story about one of the many tunnel escape attempts under the Berlin wall in the 60s provides all the excitement of an escape movie, given extra depth and resonance by its real life genesis... a superb film

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It's a gripping great-escape yarn of the sort we don't see much anymore.

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William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Well-cast and sporadically gripping.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Richter gives a raw, frank but sophisticated account of the excruciating logistics of this great escape, and the appalling, inspiring blend of betrayal and courage that attended the group's herculean efforts.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Either as history at its most inspiring or moviemaking at its most exciting, The Tunnel is a trip.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

The Tunnel proved to be too exciting for mere broadcast

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Based on true events. A gripping drama about a group of people in the early '60s who try to break out their loved ones living in communist East Berlin..by… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Tunnel" starts in 1961 as the Berlin Wall is being built by East German authorities to stem the flow of emigration to the… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Originally a miniseries for German television and based on real events (two phrases usually marked for contempt) here is a tension riveting trip to Berlin in… More
Daisy Maduro
Based on a true story Der Tunnel was the story of a champion swimmer Harry who managed to escape from East Berlin to the West. Some of his friends made it also… More
familiar stranger
Based on true events, this movie uses loads of general rules of fictionalization. While that surely made it look somewhat unauthentic, nevertheless, it also… More
Grifty G
Based on a true story about a group of Germans who hatch a plan to tunnel under the Berlin Wall to free friends and relatives trapped on the East side. I… More

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