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Faraway, So Close! (1993)

In weiter Ferne, so nah! (original title)
A group of angels in the German capital look longingly upon the life of humans.

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A group of angels in the German capital look longingly upon the life of humans.

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »
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21 December 1993 (USA)  »

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$10,500,000 (estimated)

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$810,455 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Wim Wenders cut nearly an hour out of the film to get it to its release running time. See more »

Goofs

When Karl decides to dissolve his business partnership, he wades knee-deep through a flooded tunnel corridor becoming wet and filthy. Yet when he emerges from the tunnels, his pants are fluttering around too much to be wet and appear dry, and in the following scene after arriving at his destination and taking a nap, his clothes alternate between dirty and clean. See more »

Quotes

Cassiel: Why can't I be good? Why can't I act like a man? Why can't I act like other men can?
Lou Reed: If I knew, I would tell you. Hang in there.
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The film is dedicated to actor Curt Bois who worked with Wim Wenders in "Der Himmel über Berlin". See more »

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Referenced in Nyarlathotep (2001) See more »

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Written and Performed by Simon Bonney, J.D. Foster
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Voted "9". Sillier than "Wings of Desire". Beautiful ending.
14 September 2000 | by (Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

Wim Wenders may not be taken seriously by Hollywood (or critics) anymore, but he seems able to pull in actors and musicians at will. Great soundtrack.

Great cast as well. Check out Horst Bucholz (sp?) here and in the 1962 comedy "One, Two, Three" with James Cagney. All the "mortals", especially Bruno Ganz, seem almost gleeful. Only Willem Dafoe appears to be in a "serious German movie".

I may not be qualified to comment on the real value of this movie because "Wings of Desire" is in my permanent top 5. It probably benefits from the glow of it's precursor more than any other sequel, because I really wanted to catch up with these characters. I smiled every time I saw a familiar face.

That said, it takes about an hour to settle in but finally gets sort of serious. Watching this and "Until the End of The World" (also ripped by critics) I get the feeling Wenders was either being lazy or just freestyling to avoid boredom. Looks like fun from here.


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