I was watching Anthony Bourdain’s show last night about Berlin, and his section on the divided city and the Berlin wall reminded me of some of my favorite movies from that era that dealt with the cold war usually involved the Berlin Wall.
My absolute favorite from that era was called The Contract. It aired on Qatar TV, we recorded it, and I watched it over and over and over. I loved that movie so much. I just looked it up today for the first time on IMDB, and was surprised to learn that it aired as a 3 part mini-series. The version I saw was cut together to form one long movie.
It really captured the oppressive atmosphere on the Eastern side of the Wall. And the climax of the movie has the agent we’re following trying to sneak father and daughter across the wall. In a movie where things have not gone according to plan from the beginning, it’s not a surprise that their plan to cross the wall also goes very wrong.
I really wish there was a way to see it now, but according to that IMDB page it was never released on VHS or DVD, so you can only see it as TV re-runs? Man, that’s a crime.
The other favorite of mine is one you’re more likely to be familiar with. It’s Gotcha! It’s the more fun version of playing spy with a kid getting in over his head in East Berlin after being lured by a girl.