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Christiane F. (1981)

Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (original title)
This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14-year-old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-story... See full summary »

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(as Ulrich Edel)

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(additional writer), (book) | 2 more credits »
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Eberhard Auriga ...
Alter Fixer
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Peggy Bussieck ...
Puppi
Lothar Chamski ...
Rolf
Rainer Woelk ...
Leiche (as Rainer Wölk)
Uwe Diderich ...
Klaus
Jan Georg Effler ...
Bernd
Ellen Esser ...
Kessis Mutter
Andreas Fuhrmann ...
Atze
Thomas Haustein ...
Detlev
Lutz Hemmerling ...
Bienenstich
Daniela Jaeger ...
Kessi
Bernhard Janson ...
Milan
Jens Kuphal ...
Axel
Christiane Lechle ...
Christianes Mutter
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This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14-year-old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-story apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by 'The Sound', a new disco with the most modern equipment. Although legally she's too young, she asks a friend to take her. There, she meets Detlef, who's in a clique where everybody's on drugs. Step by step she gets drawn deeper into the scene. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The Image of a Generation. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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2 April 1981 (USA)  »

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DEM 4,000,000 (estimated)
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The significance of the Berlin Zoo Station in the source book and film's sub-title and story is that it was the place which was a terminating point for many German teenagers who died there from drug overdoses in its squalid lavatory cells and cubicles. See more »

Goofs

Christiane F. plays the David Bowie album, "ChangesOneBowie," in her room. But the song that is heard - the German version of "Heroes" ("Helden") - is not on that particular record. See more »

Crazy Credits

"The Production likes to thank the 'Sound'-Team and determines the fact, that the 'Sound' has developed to be one of the most interesting youth-meeting points in the world. The drug-scene, as shown in the picture is not identical with that one in present." See more »

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Referenced in Murder Island (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Heroes/Helden
Text: David Bowie (as Bowie)/'Antonia Maass' (as Maass) [German lyrics]
Music: David Bowie (as Bowie)/Brian Eno (as Eno)
RCA Records
Courtesy Rolf-Budde-Verlag, Berlin
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One of the most thought-provoking, interesting and disturbing films I have ever seen

I really wasn't prepared for this film, or was I? I had been recommended it, and told it was disturbing, but it certainly had a massive effect on me.

Christiane F is the true story of a girl who gets seduced by the German nightlife and David Bowie, and slowly drifts onto heroin.

There are several disturbing parts of this movie. The heroin/prostitution scenes are disturbing, but I didn't get disturbed by these as much as I did the story. The media would have us believe that heroin users and dealers are monsters and don't have a right to live. The people in this movie are real, and easy to identify with.

I definitely recommend this movie, and compared to Trainspotting (a film I also enjoyed) is much more realistic.


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