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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:
Wolfgang Bathke ... Freier im Auto (uncredited)
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 (certificate #26609) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

The movie is based on fact on the true-life Berlin youth drug culture of the 1970s. The film is set during the years 1975-1977, was shot in 1980, and first released in 1981.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:
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72 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
the king of drug films, 27 September 2006
Author: Falconeer from Deutschland

I have seen so many films about drug addiction, and not one of them can equal the sheer power of this one. The life of this 14 year old West Berlin junkie is crafted with an astounding level of realism. Her downward spiral into heroin addiction and prostitution is captured by Ulrich Edel, who holds nothing back in his depiction. We see through Christiane's eyes, every filthy toilet, every creepy, slimy john whom she must trick with for drug money, every moment of terror and desperation. At this age, everything is felt so intensely. Christiane, a young teenager from a "hell on Earth" place called Gropistadt, a truly dark and bleak part of Neukoln, West Berlin. A place where there is absolutely nothing for a teenager to do. She discovers a place called "The Sound", a cavernous disco located near the posh and touristy "Kurfuerstendamm". "The Sound" is a seedy teen hangout, infested with drugs, and with dealers only too happy to feed Valium and heroin to kids eager to escape their dreary reality and to have fun. Here is where Christiane meets Detlef, a boy her age. Detlef starts using heroin soon after they meet, and Christiane, scared of losing him to the drug, begins using also. It is especially important to notice that the film doesn't glamorize heroin. As soon as the hard drug use begins, the mood of the film changes instantly. The wonderful music of David Bowie whom Christiane worships is heard frequently throughout the first section of the film. After her and her friends become junkies, the Bowie music disappears, which is very symbolic, i think. Thankfully director Edel didn't make the mistake that so many American directors make when filming stories about teens: The actors here are genuine teenagers, around 14/15 years old. This makes the film so much more powerful and shocking, and much more believable. The effects of heroin on these kids is staggering to behold; they turn into these sickly shadows of their former selves, like zombies, in search of their next fix. And strangely, Christiane and her friends never seem to enjoy the high from the heroin. You will never see such a bleak vision of kids lost in a surreal hell of drug addiction. And to add further to the intensity, the film is long, 138 minutes uncut, becoming steadily darker and seedier by the minute, until the viewer wonders just how long can this young girl go on like this without completely self-destructing. And amazingly, throughout the running time, the film never preaches, not for a moment. And it never becomes sentimental, as most American drug films often do. The film style is specifically German. I doubt that any American director could have created such a dark and gritty film about people so young. "Christiane F: Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo" remains one of the most well-known and admired films to ever come out of Germany.

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