Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's movie debut focuses on the horrifying, sometimes unintentionally funny system of observation in the former East Germany. In the early 1980s, the successful dramatist Georg Dreyman and his longtime companion Christa-Maria Sieland, a popular actress, are big intellectual stars in the socialist state, although they secretly don't always think loyal to the party line. One day, the Minister of Culture becomes interested in Christa, so the secret service agent Wiesler is instructed to observe and sound out the couple, but their life fascinates him more and more.
Ulrich Mühe....Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler
Sebastian Koch....Georg Dreyman
Ulrich Tukur....Oberstleutnant Anton Grubitz
Thomas Thieme....Minister Bruno Hempf
Hans-Uwe Bauer....Paul Hauser
Volkmar Kleinert....Albert Jerska
Matthias Brenner....Karl Wallner
Herbert Knaup....Gregor Hessenstein
Bastian Trost....Häftling 227
Marie Gruber....Frau Meineke
Volker Michalowski....Schriftexperte (as Zack Volker Michalowski)
Werner Daehn....Einsatzleiter in Uniform
Martin Brambach....Einsatzleiter Meyer
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