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Zero Hour (1977 film)

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Zero Hour
Directed byEdgar Reitz
Written by
  • Peter F. Steinbach
  • Edgar Reitz
Produced byEdgar Reitz
CinematographyGernot Roll
Edited byIngrid Broszat
Music byNikos Mamangakis
Release date
  • 6 February 1977 (1977-02-06)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryWest Germany

Zero Hour (German: Stunde Null) is a 1977 West German drama film directed by Edgar Reitz, starring Kai Taschner and Anette Jünger. The narrative is set in the summer of 1945 in a small village outside Leipzig, where the Americans have just pulled back and been replaced by Soviet troops. The film follows the inhabitants as they adjust to the new situation, in particular Joschi, a teenage Hitler Youth member who is fascinated by the Americans.

The film was produced through Edgar Reitz Filmproduktions in collaboration with Bernd Eichinger's Solaris Film- und Fernsehproduktion and Westdeutscher Rundfunk. It was released in theatres on 6 February 1977 and broadcast on West 3 on 8 March the same year.[1]


  • Kai Taschner as Joschi
  • Anette Jünger as Isa
  • Herbert Weißbach as Mattiske
  • Klaus Dierig as Paul
  • Günter Schiemann as Franke
  • Erika Wackernagel as Mrs. Unterstab
  • Torsten Henties as boy with a bike
  • Erich Kleiber as Motek
  • Bernd Linzel as Karl-Heinz
  • Edith Kunze as Joschi's mother


  1. ^ "Stunde Null". (in German). Deutsches Filminstitut. Retrieved 2015-04-12.

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