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Buddenbrooks (2008)

151 min | Drama

In the 1840s, Lübeck is a dominating commercial town on the Baltic coast, and the Buddenbrooks are among the town's first families. Consul Jean Buddenbrook has two sons, Thomas and Christian, and one daughter, Antonia, called Tony. Even ...See moreIn the 1840s, Lübeck is a dominating commercial town on the Baltic coast, and the Buddenbrooks are among the town's first families. Consul Jean Buddenbrook has two sons, Thomas and Christian, and one daughter, Antonia, called Tony. Even though he dearly loves them, he expects his children to sacrifice personal happiness for the sake of the company if necessary. The first to learn this is Tony, who is married off to Hamburgian businessman Bendix Grünlich. Her brothers have meanwhile learned the trade in Amsterdam and London respectively. Crushed by Tony's marriage disaster and several unlucky transactions, Jean Buddenbrook makes over the business to his eldest, Thomas. Thomas marries the dutch heiress Gerda, who is a passionate violin player. But Thomas never forgets his first love, a flower girl. After having spent time in Valparaiso, Christian returns to Lübeck, too. Thomas soon learns that his brother is much more interested in the theatre and actress Aline than in the company, which causes a rift between the brothers. Seeing that she can't heal it, their mother admonishes them to at least conceal it from the public. Written by emkarpf See less
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Thomas Mann (novel) | Heinrich Breloer (screenplay) | Horst Königstein (screenplay)
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Hans-Peter Ströer (as Hans Peter Ströer)
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€16,200,000
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$12,627,016
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May 2009 (United States)
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53 cast members
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Armin Mueller-Stahl
Johann 'Jean' Buddenbrook Johann 'Jean' Buddenbrook   See fewer
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Iris Berben
Elisabeth 'Betsy' Buddenbrook Elisabeth 'Betsy' Buddenbrook   See fewer
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Jessica Schwarz
Antonie 'Tony' Buddenbrook Antonie 'Tony' Buddenbrook   See fewer
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August Diehl
Christian Buddenbrook Christian Buddenbrook   See fewer
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Mark Waschke
Thomas Buddenbrook Thomas Buddenbrook   See fewer
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Raban Bieling
Hanno Buddenbrook Hanno Buddenbrook   See fewer
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Léa Bosco
Gerda Arnoldsen / Buddenbrook Gerda Arnoldsen / Buddenbrook   See fewer
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Nina Proll
Aline Puvogel Aline Puvogel   See fewer
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Justus von Dohnányi
Bendix Grünlich Bendix Grünlich   See fewer
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Martin Feifel
Alois Permaneder Alois Permaneder   See fewer
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Alexander Fehling
Morten Schwarzkopf Morten Schwarzkopf   See fewer
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Elert Bode
Konsul Lebrecht Kröger Konsul Lebrecht Kröger   See fewer
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Krijn ter Braak
Meneer Arnoldsen Meneer Arnoldsen   See fewer
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Teresa Harder
Ida Jungmann Ida Jungmann   See fewer
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André Hennicke
Sigismund Gosch (as André M. Hennicke) Sigismund Gosch (as André M. Hennicke)   See fewer
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Martin Horn
Carl Smolt Carl Smolt   See fewer
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Wolfgang Hinze
Hinrich Hagenström Hinrich Hagenström   See fewer
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Fedja van Huêt
Hermann Hagenström Hermann Hagenström   See fewer
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Sylvester Groth
Kesselmayer Kesselmayer   See fewer
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Maximilian von Pufendorf
Leutnant René Maria von Trotha (as Max von Pufendorf) Leutnant René Maria von Trotha (as Max von Pufendorf)   See fewer
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Sunnyi Melles
Senatorin Möllendorf Senatorin Möllendorf   See fewer
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Josef Ostendorf
Senator James Möllendorf Senator James Möllendorf   See fewer
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Tonio Arango
Stephan Kistenmaker Stephan Kistenmaker   See fewer
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Cas Enklaar
Van Kellen (as Caas Enklaar) Van Kellen (as Caas Enklaar)   See fewer
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Thomas Meinhardt
Prokurist Friedrich Wilhelm Marcus Prokurist Friedrich Wilhelm Marcus   See fewer
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Michael Abendroth
Dr. Friedrich Grabow Dr. Friedrich Grabow   See fewer
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Matthias Deutelmoser
Dr. Giesecke (as Mathias Deutelmoser) Dr. Giesecke (as Mathias Deutelmoser)   See fewer
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Nicholas Reinke
Peter Döhlmann (as Nicolas Reinke) Peter Döhlmann (as Nicolas Reinke)   See fewer
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Katharina M. Schubert
Eva Ewers (as Katharina Schubert) Eva Ewers (as Katharina Schubert)   See fewer
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Frank-Leo Schröder
Berkemeyer (as Frank Leo Schröder) Berkemeyer (as Frank Leo Schröder)   See fewer
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Jan Peter Heyne
Zahnrzt Dr. Brecht Zahnrzt Dr. Brecht   See fewer
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Peter Clös
Postbote Telegramm Postbote Telegramm   See fewer
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Hannah Corogil
Tony Buddenbrook - als Kind Tony Buddenbrook - als Kind   See fewer
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Ariella Hirshfeld
Julchen Hagenström Julchen Hagenström   See fewer
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Lisa Carline Hofer
Folgemädchen (as Lisa Hofer) Folgemädchen (as Lisa Hofer)   See fewer
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Jan-Hendrik Kiefer
Kai von Mölln Kai von Mölln   See fewer
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Valentin Markmann
Hermann Hagenström - als Kind Hermann Hagenström - als Kind   See fewer
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Daniela Merz
Martha Huneus Martha Huneus   See fewer
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Ruben Ortlieb
Hanno Buddenbrook - 5 Jahre Hanno Buddenbrook - 5 Jahre   See fewer
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Leonard Proxauf
Christian Buddenbrook - als Kind Christian Buddenbrook - als Kind   See fewer
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Tim Reingruber
Senatsbote Senatsbote   See fewer
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Martin Rentzsch
Pastor Pringsheim Pastor Pringsheim   See fewer
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Jürgen Rißmann
Diener Anton Diener Anton   See fewer
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Marion Gretchen Schmitz
Sterbeschwester Leandra Sterbeschwester Leandra   See fewer
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Anne Schramm
Küchenmagd Trine Küchenmagd Trine   See fewer
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Julius Terhedebrügge
Thomas Buddenbrook - als Kind Thomas Buddenbrook - als Kind   See fewer
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Andreas von Steegen
Bürgermeister Overdieck Bürgermeister Overdieck   See fewer
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Vivienne Bojar
Sängerin (uncredited) Sängerin (uncredited)   See fewer
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Christoph Michel
Lieferant (uncredited) Lieferant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Man (uncredited) Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.8 / 10 | 1,377 votes