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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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Performances aside, the movie is dull and perfunctory.

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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Given the suffering created by the Nazis, the fate of the Harmonists ranks low on the scale. But as one of the countless little stories that add up to the plague of Nazism, they deserve an entry in the chronicle of despair.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A very entertaining true story.

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