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Two working-class German brothers (Ben Becker, Jürgen Vogel) rise to fame as Berlin's most infamous burglars.


Carlo Rola


Holger Karsten Schmidt (screenplay), Uwe Wilhelm (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Becker ... Franz Sass
Jürgen Vogel ... Erich Sass
Henry Hübchen ... Kriminalsekretär Fabich
Frank Sieckel ... Feind
Karin Baal ... Mutter Sass
Otto Sander ... Vater Sass
Traugott Buhre ... Zörgiebel
Jeanette Hain ... Sonja Weiss
Miguel Herz-Kestranek Miguel Herz-Kestranek ... Leon Weiss
Lutz Mackensy Lutz Mackensy ... Müller-Stromeyer
Martin Feifel ... Adolf
Detlef Bothe ... Ede
Lars Rudolph ... Gamasche
Julia Richter Julia Richter ... Gertrude
Jockel Tschiersch Jockel Tschiersch ... Wachmann


Two working-class German brothers (Ben Becker, Jürgen Vogel) rise to fame as Berlin's most infamous burglars.

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Sie waren Brüder. Sie trauten niemandem. Sie fürchteten keinen. Sie stahlen Millionen.


Crime | Drama


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German | English

Release Date:

27 September 2001 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Los hermanos Sass See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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References Once Upon a Time in America (1984) See more »

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23 April 2002 | by canesSee all my reviews

"Sass`, set in historic Berlin during the Twenties is an impressive movie starring the best that Germany can offer at the mo: Otto Sander, just receiving a long-awaited yet rare hommage in a monograph being released this summer, again mind-blows in a stunning performance. It´s been a clever move to cast him as supporting actor: he´s best in withdrawn but persistent roles ever since his breakthrough in Wolfgang Petersen´s "Das Boot`. Moreover: German heroes Ben Becker (internationally known to cineasts since "Comedian Harmonist`) and Jurgen Vogel are at their best. We can breath with these two characters, one strong and calculated, the other wild and shy simultaneously: a perfect match.

Director Carlo Rola manages to bridge this odd pair of bros. Successfully and consecutively, they melt into each other, only to find a dramatic ending that leaves us sour-sweet. But who would mind that small tear running down one´s face when leaving the screening room for another day in reality?

This poetic but serious heavy weight of film sublimely gives us a spectacular glimpse of European roaring Twenties. Not to mention these beautiful actresses every human being considers a fling with. - A hard life in easy times and an easy life in hard times: "Sass` is a historical lecture, generated by the movies. Yet its greatest plus is the movie´s make-up and its costumes. This look is perfectly arranged - Hollywood should open its eyes and keep one thing in mind: this piece of celluloid will be the horse conquering Troy.

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