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Release Date:
2 April 1981 (USA) See more »
At 12 it was Angel Dust. At 13 it was heroin. Then she took to the streets. See more »
This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Eberhard Auriga ... Alter Fixer

Natja Brunckhorst ... Christiane
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
Kerstin Malessa ... Tina
Christiane Reichelt ... Babsi
Kerstin Richter ... Stella
Cathrine Schabeck ... Linda
Stanislaus Solotar ... Stottermaxe

David Bowie ... David Bowie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renate Küster ... Mutter der Freundin (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Uli Edel  (as Ulrich Edel)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Uli Edel  additional writer
Kai Hermann  book
Horst Rieck  book
Herman Weigel 

Produced by
Bernd Eichinger .... producer
Hans Kaden .... co-producer (as Hans H. Kaden)
Bertram Vetter .... producer: SDR
Hans Weth .... producer
Original Music by
Jürgen Knieper 
Cinematography by
Jürgen Jürges 
Justus Pankau 
Film Editing by
Jane Seitz 
Production Design by
Sabine Eichinger 
Harald Muchametow 
Set Decoration by
Rainer Schaper 
Holger Scholz 
Costume Design by
Myrella Bordt 
Makeup Department
Colin Arthur .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sabine Eichinger .... production manager
Edgar Hinz .... unit manager
Harald Muchametow .... production manager
Peter Rothkopf .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Babette Kirchhoff .... assistant director
Petra Materne .... assistant director
Art Department
Helmut Donat .... stage maker
Udo Gaidosch .... property master: indoor
Helmut Pospich .... stage maker
Holger Scholz .... property master: outdoor
Sound Department
Lothar Mankewitz .... sound
Hans-Dieter Schwarz .... sound mixer
Sybille Windt .... sound editor
Hieronymus Würden .... assistant sound
Special Effects by
María Luisa Pino .... apprentice special effects and makeup
Camera and Electrical Department
Hans-Günther Bücking .... assistant camera
Achim Poulheim .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Carola Mai .... assistant editor
Other crew
Berno Kürten .... script supervisor
Christiane Felscherinow .... consultant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Christiane F." - International (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title), USA (imdb display title)
"We Children from Bahnhof Zoo" - USA
"Zoo" - UK
"Кристиане Ф." - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Я Кристина" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Å være ung er for jævli" - Norway
"Christiane F." - Finland (DVD title)
"Christiane F." - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Christiane F." - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Christiane F. - Mi djeca s Kolodvora Zoo" - Croatia
"Christiane F. - Noi i ragazzi dello zoo di Berlino" - Italy (imdb display title)
"Christiane F. - Tyttö huumekadulta" - Finland (DVD title)
"Christiane F. - i morgen er det slut" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Christiane F. - tyttö metroasemalta" - Finland
"Christiane F., πόρνη στα 13 για ναρκωτικά" - Greece
"Cristina F." - Colombia (imdb display title)
"Eu, Christiane F., 13 Anos, Drogada e Prostituída" - Brazil
"Kristijana F." - Serbia (imdb display title)
"Moi, Christiane F., 13 ans, droguée, prostituée..." - France
"My, dzieci z dworca Zoo" - Poland
"Vi barn från Bahnhof Zoo" - Sweden
"Yo, Cristina F" - Spain
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138 min | 131 min (cut version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Australia:RC (1983) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1981) | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:18 (video) (2000) (uncut) | UK:18 (video) (1986) (cut) | UK:X (theatrical release) (1981) (cut) | USA:R | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

The film's subtitle "Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo" translates literally into English as "We Children of Bahnhof Zoo" or "We Children from the Zoo Station".See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tiny Furniture (2010)See more »
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37 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
A very emotional movie., 1 March 2003
Author: geoff guthrie from ohio

I have just finished viewing Christiane F. this morning, and I can say that I have been thinking about nothing else for the last 7 hours. This is a very powerful movie that will leave you very sad and depressed about the story of Christiane. I have been on the verge of tears all day thinking about this poor child's life.

As noted in other reviews, this is a very dark film that portrays childhood drug abuse in Berlin in the late 70's. It is not for the faint of heart, as there is death; many needle scenes, vomiting from the characters and prostitution scenes. The story is not happy and it is a downward spiral of one child's sorry life in Berlin. The only happy moment comes in the last 30 seconds of the film, as it is depressing all the way up to the end. But, this is a love story (a dark one) about Christiane and Detlev and their journey through the life of drugs as teenagers in Berlin. Even though the relationship is damned, it is still touching.

Now to the facts, the film boasts some very good teenage actors in a 14-year-old Natja Brunckhorst as Christiane and Thomas Haustein as Detlev. Both portray emotions common to the characters: lack of confidence, desperation, depression and denial very well. Both characters are very believable and you will form an emotional attachment to both. The soundtrack is all David Bowie, which really provides an excellent set of moments with the music. I was very impressed that his music could be placed so well into a movie.

The DVD version comes in the original German language version and a dubbed English version (which I saw). Now, I wish I knew German (or it had subtitles) as I would much rather have heard the original actors voices, than the 20-year-old voice that is dubbing Christiane. Regardless, the movie can still be enjoyed in this format. The DVD also comes with no frills; it's just the movie. I really think a movie of this caliber should have actor interviews, a Christiane biography, or whatever, as this film will leave you wanting more. Hopefully they address this with a future release, as well as English subtitles for the German language version.

This movie I feel is really a lot stronger than some of the other drug movies that I have seen: Drugstore Cowboy, Traffic, etc.. and I would highly recommend it over the others, as it is a very touching story about the dark side of life.

And last show it to your kids to show them the realities of drugs. Kids need to know that they can die form drugs. The only problem I have is this movie is based off of heroin, which is not a popular drug today, so it might not be as believable to teenagers.

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