The Heath Is Green (1951 film)

The Heath Is Green (German: Grün ist die Heide) is a 1951 West German drama film directed by Hans Deppe and starring Sonja Ziemann, Rudolf Prack and Maria Holst.

The Heath Is Green
Film poster
Directed byHans Deppe
Produced byKurt Ulrich
Written by
Music byAlfred Strasser and others (Löns songs)
CinematographyKurt Schulz
Edited byHermann Ludwig
Distributed byGloria Film
Release date
14 November 1951
Running time
90 minutes
CountryWest Germany


The film is set in the Lüneburg Heath region. The plot centers around a poacher (Lüder Lüdersen), a game warden (Walter Rainer) hunting the poacher, the murder of a police officer, and two love affairs. The main love affair and the main source of moral conflict is between the game keeper and the poacher's daughter (Helga Lüdersen). The film has a happy ending, the murderer is arrested, Helga and Walter become a couple.[1]



Grün ist die Heide is based on an eponymous novel by Hermann Löns. An earlier movie version was made in 1932.[1]

Cinematography took place from 28 August to 16 September 1951 in the Lüneburg Heath and at Bleckede, and from 19 September to 26 September in the Tempelhof Studios in Berlin.[1]

A third movie with the same name from 1972 was not a remake, but just used some of Löns' poems for song lyrics.


The FSK gave the film a rating of "6 and up" and deemed it suitable for screening on public holidays.[1]

The film premiered on 14 November 1951 at the Palast in Hanover. It was the most successful release of the 1951/1952 season in Germany.[1] It is an example of the Heimatfilm genre of post-WW II West German cinema.

In 1952, it received the Bambi Award as the most successful film.[1]


  1. "Filmportal: Grün ist die Heide". Retrieved 19 April 2017.
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