The Tunnel (Der Tunnel)
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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 German authorities, Melchoir escaped to West Berlin, along with his friends Matthis (Sebastian Koch), Vic (Mehmet Kurtulus), and Fred (Felix Eitner). When he fled to West Germany, Melchoir was forced to leave his family behind, and he fears for the fate of his sister Lotte (Alexandra Maria Lara). Eager to free Lotte from East German rule, Melchoir strikes upon… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"A true story few people will know, and it's told with a warm, crafty efficiency that makes for wonderful entertainment."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"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"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Overlong and a bit overcooked...but it's also properly grueling."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The film picks up steam as the tunnel nears completion -- thanks, in part, to a Hollywood film crew that pays for the rights to the tunnelers' story, providing them with the money to finish the project."
‑ Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"It is the kind of superbly crafted, intelligent entertainment -- a classic suspense thriller -- that nowadays is as welcome as it is rare."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"It's a gripping great-escape yarn of the sort we don't see much anymore."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Well-cast and sporadically gripping."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"riddled with slow pacing, melodrama and viewer fatigue"
‑ Jules Brenner,
"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."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Either as history at its most inspiring or moviemaking at its most exciting, The Tunnel is a trip."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"The Tunnel proved to be too exciting for mere broadcast"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Genuinely gripping, balancing the travails of constructing the tunnel against the characters' stories with considerable skill."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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