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Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Comedy | 20 February 1997 (Germany)
Two terminally ill patients escape from a hospital, steal a car and rush towards the sea.

Director:

Thomas Jahn

Writers:

Thomas Jahn (story), Thomas Jahn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Til Schweiger ... Martin Brest
Jan Josef Liefers ... Rudi Wurlitzer
Thierry van Werveke Thierry van Werveke ... Henk - der Belgier
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Abdul - der Araber
Huub Stapel ... Frankie 'Boy' Beluga
Leonard Lansink ... Kommissar Schneider
Ralph Herforth ... Assistent Keller
Cornelia Froboess ... Frau Brest - Martins Mutter
Rutger Hauer ... Curtiz
Willi Thomczyk ... Autoverkäufer (as Willy Thomczyk)
Christiane Paul ... Verkäuferin Boutique
Hannes Jaenicke ... Motorrad-Polizist
Vladimir Weigl Vladimir Weigl ... Harald Rohwitz
Jenny Elvers Jenny Elvers ... Schwester Labor A
Corinna Harfouch ... Schwester Labor B
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Storyline

Two young men, Martin Brest (Til Schweiger) and Rudi Wurlitzer (Jan Josef Liefers), both suffering from terminal cancer, get to know each other in a hospital room. They drown their desperation in tequila and decide to take one last trip to the sea. Drunk, and still in pajamas, they steal the first fancy car they find, a 1960s Mercedes convertible. The car happens to belong to a bunch of gangsters, who immediately start to chase it, since it contains more than the pistol Martin finds in the glove box. Written by Armin Ortmann <armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de>

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Ein schnelles Auto, 1 Million Mark im Kofferraum und nur noch eine Woche zu leben

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Action | Crime | Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

Was the most successful German movie of 1997 with three million five hundred eighty-five thousand four hundred twenty-two tickets sold. See more »

Goofs

What is called "Helsinki syndrome" in the movie actually is called Stockholm syndrome. The same mistake is also present in Die Hard. See more »

Quotes

Martin Brest: In heaven, they're talking about nothing but the sea and how wonderful it is. They talk about the sunsets they saw, they talk about how the sun turned blood red before diving into the sea and they talk about how they could feel how the sun lost its power and the coolness from the sea and all that fire was only glowing inside.
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Crazy Credits

There is a short film sequence after the credits. It shows Bernd Eichinger being searched by a Policemen. He carries some of the money that was sent to different people by mail in the film. See more »

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Wana Aamel Eh
Performed by Hesham Abbas
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One of the best German films of the nineties
26 June 2002 | by Mikew3001See all my reviews

"Knocking On Heaven's Door" has been a big German box office hit in the winter of 1996/97 and is still considered one of the best German movies of that decade next to the international success "Lola rennt". This is a breath-taking comedy about two losers (Til Schweiger and Jan-Josef Liefers) dying of cancer and getting anything they want during their last days on earth. They are robbing a bank and nicking a car containing a gangster's suitcase with a million marks in it. Of course the gangsters and the police hunting the guys who just want to reach the sea to die somewhere at the shore.

Although this road-movie story itself isn't very new and has been filmed many times in Hollywood movies, it stands on its own. The story has dozens of quotes and references from American movies and film genres, but it also knows how to add a local, German and European style to it. You see two henchmen, a Turk and a Belgian, dressed in black suits and with sunglasses like taken from a Tarantino film. You see Hannes Jaenicke dressed as a fatally-looking leather cop U.S.A. style, drinking Jaegermeister (a popular German spice liquor). You see popular fifties girlie actress Conny Froboess playing Til Schweiger's mum, an Elvis Presley adoring fan.

There are plenty of funny scenes in this movie, many witty dialogues, absurd situations and brilliant performances by all actors featuring Corinna Harfouch as a doctor, "Sexluder" Jenny Elvers as a nurse, Dutch movie stars Huub Stapel and Rutger Hauer as gangster bosses, Ralf Herforth as dumb police officer, etc. Schweiger and Liefers are giving the best performances of their career, adding pain, sadness and tragedy to the all-action-comedy style. The photography, editing and the surf-rock-like sound track by Selig are also outstanding. Take a look at this example of best German nineties cinema!!!


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

20 February 1997 (Germany) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM4,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,731, 22 August 1999

Gross USA:

$5,710

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,710
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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