Trautmann (film)

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Directed by Marcus H. Rosenmüller
Produced by
Written by
Music by Gerd Baumann
Release date
8 November 2018 (Germany)
Running time
119 minutes
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
Language English
Budget €11m[1]

Trautmann is an upcoming British-German biographical film,[2] starring German actor David Kross as the footballer Bert Trautmann.[3] Although the subject of the film was a sportsman, the film has been described as "not primarily a sports film" but instead a drama.[2]


The film details the journey of Bert Trautmann in his rise from Nazi paratrooper to English footballing legend.[4]

Growing up in Nazi Germany, Trautmann grew up indoctrinated in the mindset of his country at the time,[5] before his recruitment as a soldier and subsequent capture by the British in 1944. His denazification in a prisoner-of-war camp in England and the kindness of the locals led him to reject his homeland and choose instead to remain in England,[6] where he became a goalkeeper, first for St Helens Town and then for Manchester City. His signing was originally met with protests from the club's fans due to his background,[7] but his career ultimately came to be seen as a symbol of Anglo-German rapprochement.[8] Considered by some as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of the game,[9] he is ultimately most famous for winning the FA Cup in 1956 without realising he had broken his neck during the game.[10]



Before Trautmann's death in 2013, Rosenmüller spent several days interviewing him about details for inclusion in the film.[2]

Principal photography began in Belfast on 8 June 2017.[11]


  1. ^ "Rosenmüller verfilmt das Leben der Torwart-Legende" [Rosenmüller filmed the life of goalkeeping legend]. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "German PoW and hero goalie stars in tale of reconciliation". The Guardian. 19 March 2017. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  3. ^ "David Kross to portray legendary goalie "Bert" Trautmann". screendaily. Archived from the original on 8 June 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Manchester City legend Bert Trautmann dies aged 89". BBC Sport. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Bert Trautmann: from Nazi paratrooper to hero of Manchester City". The Guardian. 11 April 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  6. ^ Wilson, Steve (3 October 2005). "A life less ordinary". ESPN. Retrieved 17 August 2008.
  7. ^ "Bert Trautmann obituary". The Guardian. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Keeper of legends: From enemy to friend – Anglo-German relations could not be in better hands". The Independent. 6 May 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Bert Trautmann: From German prisoner of war to English footballing icon". 20 July 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Trautmann breaks neck in Cup final [video]". BBC Sport. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Man City legend biopic 'Trautmann' begins filming in Belfast". The Irish Times. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.

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