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The Saint: Wrong Number, Movie made for TV, 1989 IMDB

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Also known as:

  • Le saint, faux numéro (France)

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tonyrome EN

2013-06-28 22:55

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Completed.

This movie is set in Berlin, during Summer 1989, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Actress Arielle Dombasle

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The Saint's Jensen Interceptor passing a checkpoint.

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The Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche

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View back towards Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, from Wittenburg Platz

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Hotel Intercontinental

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The Berlin Wall

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The Brandenburger Tor

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Berliner Siegessäule

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Olympia Stadion

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dsl SX

2013-06-28 23:11

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tonyrome wrote This movie is set in Berlin during Summer 1989, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

.... and the end of the world's best strawberry yoghurt (or so we've been told).

Gag Halfrunt UK

2013-06-28 23:42

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The IMDB says it was shown in France on 11th September 1989. If this is correct, it was completed at least two months before East Germany opened its borders on 9th November 1989.

On that basis, I'd assume that scenes set in East Berlin were faked in either West Berlin or the UK.

andrepa DE

2013-06-28 23:45

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tonyrome :king: tonyberlin

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Gag Halfrunt UK

2013-06-29 10:33

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@ingo: Are the checkpoints and Berlin Wall structures real or fake?

tonyrome EN

2013-06-29 10:59

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Gag Halfrunt wrote @ingo: Are the checkpoints and Berlin Wall structures real or fake?

I think it's all genuine location shooting, although the shot of the Brandenburger Tor from the east side looks as though it has a different colour cast, so could be from another source. When filming at a checkpoint, I'm sure it would have been possible to film the Jensen apparently driving back past the sign, into west Berlin, without actually ever leaving west Berlin, which is what I suspect they did.

ingo DE

2013-06-30 09:34

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This is definitely a faked location: http://pics.imcdb.org/13747/untitled-4.jpg as the whole DDR-part of the crossing point is missing
This looks authentic: http://pics.imcdb.org/13747/untitled-1.1.jpg possibly Checkpoint Charlie

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ingo DE

2013-06-30 09:39

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tonyrome wrote Completed.
This movie is set in Berlin, during Summer 1989, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Filmed in 1987, as it seems. The ASU (pollution test) sticker is pink, so for 1987 /vehicle_609422-Mercedes-Benz-S-Klasse-W116-1973.html The plate here looks authentic.

ingo DE

2013-06-30 10:02

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Stock footage pic, as the view from the Eastern side: http://pics.imcdb.org/13747/untitled-41.2.jpg

Gag Halfrunt UK

2013-06-30 10:40

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ingo wrote This is definitely a faked location: http://pics.imcdb.org/13747/untitled-4.jpg as the whole DDR-part of the crossing point is missing

But the sign says "You are entering the American sector" so the camera would be facing away from the DDR side.

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ingo DE

2013-06-30 10:57

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:think: although the traffic island looks authentic, the container-building, too, it's the question, which border crossing point it should be, with such a wide multi-lane street in the background. Definitely not Checkpoint Charlie, as the Friedrichstraße is narrower and with a closer development. Oberbaumbrücke neither, Bornholmer Straße (where everything started at the 9.11.1989) neither. Chausseestraße maybe? If yes, it would be a goof, because only West Berlin-citizens were allowed to use this crossing point.

Btw.: everything except Check Point Charlie would be a goof anyways, because foreigners, as the British "Saint", could only use this point (plus the U-Bahn-checkpoint Friedrichstraße)
So if a group of fellows from West-Berlin, West Germany and a foreign country, wanted to visit East Berlin, they had to separate each other before, take different crossing point and have to meet again in the East. Which was slightly uncomfortable back then, because it was in the pre-mobile phone times (those few, which have already existed in the 80ies, were not allowed in the DDR anyways)

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