| Drama, Sport
A young boy from a working class family in post-war Germany struggles with his estranged father returning from war captivity, while a friend of his plays for the German National Soccer Team at the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland.
With 6 minutes still to play and heavy rain, the actor who portrays the German reporter re-enacts original radio footage. He says "the spectators, they don't hold out" ("die Zuschauer, sie harren nicht aus"). While this was factually incorrect as the spectators in fact did hold out, it is historically correct. Herbert Zimmermann, the German reporter who did the memorable radio broadcast, really said that.
When Herberger and Fritz Walter are walking on the shores of Lake Thun the stern of a modern motor ship can be seen on the Lake. The filmed "MS Berner Oberland" was only put into operation in 1996.
At the very end of the closing credits one can hear the original radio reporter signing off from the stadium in Bern.
German, Swiss German