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The Flying Classroom (2003)

Das fliegende Klassenzimmer (original title)
A boy who was once a perpetual outcast finds friends in a new boarding school, united with his new peers gets involved in a heated rivalry with a group of students from a neighboring school.

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Tomy Wigand

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Henriette Piper (screenplay), Franziska Buch (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ulrich Noethen ... Dr. Johann 'Justus' Bökh
Sebastian Koch ... Robert 'Nichtraucher' Uthofft
Piet Klocke Piet Klocke ... Kreuzkamm Senior
Hauke Diekamp Hauke Diekamp ... Jonathan Trotz
Philipp Peters-Arnolds Philipp Peters-Arnolds ... Martin Thaler
Frederick Lau ... Matz Selbmann
Hans Broich-Wuttke Hans Broich-Wuttke ... Uli von Simmern
François Goeske ... Kreuzkamm Junior (as François Göske)
Theresa Vilsmaier Theresa Vilsmaier ... Mona Egerland (as Teresa Vilsmaier)
Nicky Kantor Nicky Kantor ... Der schöne Theo (as Nicolas Kantor)
Jaime Ferkic ... Wawerka (as Jaime Krsto)
Tilmann Süß Tilmann Süß ... Hacke
Lisa Sommavilla Lisa Sommavilla ... Rosie
Constantin Gastmann Constantin Gastmann ... Fässchen
Harald Richter Harald Richter ... Der Kapitän
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A boy who was once a perpetual outcast finds friends in a new boarding school, united with his new peers gets involved in a heated rivalry with a group of students from a neighboring school.

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Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

16 January 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A repülő osztály See more »

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$9,378,807
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The ever lasting story
22 June 2006 | by PhillipSimonsSee all my reviews

The third display of Erich Kästner's classic "Das Fliegende Klassenzimmer" passes through some perceivable changes. The story adopts clever into the modern time era, still keeping the tragic elements of the divided Germany alive in the form of past memories. But, nevertheless it seems that the real punch-line of Kästners story was lost somewhere throughout the attempt to adjust the characters and main story to our time. The deep emotional fracture, and the virtue of the historical background story aren't quite noticeable. Both crucial elements of Kästners novel - not only the carefully designed historical ballast and action but also the in-tensed psychological element, that clearly incorporation of the partitioned boarding school in the characters of Bökh and Kreuzkamm, together loose their meaning and significance. Also, like with the most movies made by a novel/book, the complexity of the single characters develops only in limited directions.

On the other side, the persuasive performances by all the main actors, and the fact that across the movie all unnecessary clichés we used to see in such teenage movies do not appear, leads to a positive evaluation of this movie. It certainly is both delightful and interesting to see how Kästners story and imagination after decades have past, at least in some basic outlines


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