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The Russians Are Coming

Director: Heiner Carow Run Time: 92 min. Release Year: 1968 Language: German

Starring: Dorothea Meissner, Gert Krause-Melzer, Karla Runkehl, Norbert Christian, Viktor Perevalov

It’s the spring of 1945 in a small resort town on the Baltic. Günter is 16 and firmly believes that the Germans will win the war. During the hunt for a forced labourer who is on the run, Günter catches him and watches as he is shot to death. He proudly accepts the award of an Iron Cross before being shipped to the nearby front as part of the last contingent of troops. He is quickly captured by Soviet soldiers, but manages to escape and return home. When the town is occupied by the Red Army, Günter is arrested for the murder of the forced labourer. The film was banned in 1968 before it was completed, and a large portion of the negative was later destroyed.

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