Film: Night Crossing

Night Crossing is a 1982 Disney movie made during their period of films aimed more at older audiences. It's the based on a true story account of the Strelzyk and Wetzel families' escape from East Germany in a homemade hot air balloon.


  • Berlin Wall
  • Defector from Commie Land: The main characters, obviously.
  • Determinator: 3 examples: The families, however this is partly due to necessity since the police will never stop looking for them. The police who devote all their resources to finding anyone who attempts to escape. And East Germany as a whole who ironically devoted so much just to prevent anyone from leaving their "paradise."
  • Dirty Communists: One of the best examples.
  • Fake Nationality: The family members are all American, except for Brit John Hurt.
  • Foregone Conclusion: How else would the movie have been made? As it ages and the concept becomes increasingly obsolete; the outcome is less determined by younger audiences though.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Mr. Slugworth is now working for The Stasi.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent / The Kids Are American : Played straight and averted. All of the members of the Strelcyk and Wetzel Families speak in their native British or American accents. But all secondary characters speak with (sometimes exaggerated) German accents. Justified in that some of the actors are German.
  • Shown Their Work: details about the inner German Border defenses are very accurate.
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