Two angels, Damiel and Cassiel, glide through the streets of Berlin, observing the bustling population, providing invisible rays of hope to the distressed but never interacting with them. When Damiel falls in love with lonely trapeze artist Marion, the angel longs to experience life in the physical world, and finds -- with some words of wisdom from actor Peter Falk -- that it might be possible for him to take human form.

  1. Wim Wenders

    Author, Director, Screenplay

  2. Richard Reitinger

    Author, Screenplay

  3. Peter Handke

    Author, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Bruno Ganz

    Bruno Ganz


  2. Otto Sander

    Otto Sander


  3. Solveig Dommartin

    Solveig Dommartin


  4. Curt Bois

    Curt Bois

    Homer, the old poet

  5. Peter Falk

    Peter Falk

    Peter Falk

Full Cast & Crew

Wings of Desire
Wings of Desire



Original Title Der Himmel über Berlin

Status Released

Release Information

  • April 29, 1988


    Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Films given this rating may contain sexual content, brief or partial nudity, some strong language and innuendo, humor, mature themes, political themes, terror and/or intense action violence. However, bloodshed is rarely present. This is the minimum rating at which drug content is present.

Original Language German

Runtime 2h 8m

Budget $2,500,000.00

Revenue $3,210,139.00



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