The Harmonists
The Harmonists (1999)

This fact-based German musical drama chronicles the lives of a popular barbershop sextet in Nazi Germany during the '30s. As their fame increases, authorities objected to the Jews in the group. Traveling to New York they eventually must… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 13, 1999
DVD Release Date: July 2, 2002
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The movie is history as kitsch, not quite on the Life is Beautiful level of manipulation, but clumsy.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

The story of the Comedian Harmonists, who brought to the waning days of Weimar a bubbly frivolity, is a rich one. Rich enough to keep you watching and wanting to know more.

Sean Axmaker
Seattle Weekly

... a grandly realized and skillfully executed melodrama that seems all too familiar.

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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times

The film is filled with stylish renditions of lively, funny and sentimental songs.

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James Berardinelli

Only when we delve deeper into the material does it become apparent that the director has a more ambitious agenda, and that agenda makes The Harmonists a satisfying experience.

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Michael Dequina

Entertaining, poignant, and filled with catchy music.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

A true story from the Nazi era, it deftly fuses politics and show business.

Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

A glorious surprise.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A very entertaining true story.

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