The Harmonists


2h 6m 1998

Brief Synopsis

In 1927, Harry Frommermann decides to form an a cappella group in Germany, the first in that country. After many problems, the group is born and are an enormous success. While two members of the group also find love, Harry is too shy to capture the woman he adores. The group are apolitical, and alth

Film Details

Also Known As
Harmonists, Mein Kleiner Gruener Kaktus
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1998
Production Company
Bavaria Film Gmbh; Bavaria Media Gmbh; Bavaria Media Gmbh; Beta Film; Filmfernsehfonds Bayern; Wild Bunch AG; Österreichisches Filminstitut
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX; Abc Distribution; Central Film Verleih Gmbh; Cinemien; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Filmauro Distribuzione; MIRAMAX; Miramax Home Entertainment; Rialto Films; Senator Film Verleih; Wild Bunch AG
Location
Munich, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria; New York City, New York, USA; Paris, France; Berlin, Germany; San Francisco, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 6m

Synopsis

In 1927, Harry Frommermann decides to form an a cappella group in Germany, the first in that country. After many problems, the group is born and are an enormous success. While two members of the group also find love, Harry is too shy to capture the woman he adores. The group are apolitical, and although several of them are Jewish, do not take the rise of Hitler too seriously. On a tour of the USA, in 1934, they entertain the idea of staying in America, but while Harry wants to stay, the others vote him down. They return to Germany and are almost immediately banned from playing.

Film Details

Also Known As
Harmonists, Mein Kleiner Gruener Kaktus
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1998
Production Company
Bavaria Film Gmbh; Bavaria Media Gmbh; Bavaria Media Gmbh; Beta Film; Filmfernsehfonds Bayern; Wild Bunch AG; Österreichisches Filminstitut
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX; Abc Distribution; Central Film Verleih Gmbh; Cinemien; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Filmauro Distribuzione; MIRAMAX; Miramax Home Entertainment; Rialto Films; Senator Film Verleih; Wild Bunch AG
Location
Munich, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria; New York City, New York, USA; Paris, France; Berlin, Germany; San Francisco, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 6m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Spring March 12, 1999

Expanded Release in United States March 19, 1999

Released in United States on Video December 14, 1999

Released in United States February 1998

Released in United States October 1998

Released in United States January 1999

Released in United States March 1999

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (New German Cinema) February 11-22, 1998.

Shown at Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival January 7-18, 1999.

Shown at Cleveland International Film Festival (World Tour) March 18-28, 1999.

Completed shooting July 12, 1997.

Began shooting May 17, 1997.

Joseph Vilsmaier directed "Brother of Sleep" (Germany, 1995).

Released in United States Spring March 12, 1999 (NY, LA)

Expanded Release in United States March 19, 1999

Released in United States on Video December 14, 1999

Released in United States February 1998 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (New German Cinema) February 11-22, 1998.)

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at American Film Institute (AFI) Los Angeles International Film Festival October 22-31, 1998.)

Released in United States January 1999 (Shown at Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival January 7-18, 1999.)

Released in United States January 1999 (Shown in New York City (Walter Reade) as part of program "8th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival" January 17-27, 1999.)

Released in United States March 1999 (Shown at Cleveland International Film Festival (World Tour) March 18-28, 1999.)