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Trial by Fire (1998)

Härtetest (original title)
A milksop is left by his girlfriend. On his search for a new girl-friend he meets a bike-courier. She only wants to sleep with him if he proves that he is no coward. But this needs a lot of... See full summary »

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Janek Rieke ...
Jonas
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Lena
Siegfried Terpoorten ...
Max (as Sigi Terpoorten)
Katharina Eckerfeld ...
Lilly (as Katie Eckerfeld)
Gerhard Garbers ...
Jonas Vater
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Jonas Mutter
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Robert
Sebastian Münster ...
Thilo
Marek Harloff ...
Thorsten, Anführer der Skinheads
Oliver Bröcker ...
Mike
Alexander Hörbe ...
Bodo
Thorsten Schätz ...
Niels
Birke Bruck ...
Rosa
Hark Bohm ...
Psychiater Dr. Bohm
Rudi Völler ...
Rudi Völler
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A milksop is left by his girlfriend. On his search for a new girl-friend he meets a bike-courier. She only wants to sleep with him if he proves that he is no coward. But this needs a lot of overcoming as this woman is the total opposite of him: she lives in an apartment-sharing community, bravely confronts skin-heads and is involved in eco-terrorism. Written by Marco Radke <radke@krypta.aball.de>

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2 April 1998 (Germany)  »

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DEM 130,437 (Germany) (3 April 1998)
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a brilliant and thoughtfully amusing must-see
15 January 1999 | by (Frankfurt, Germany) – See all my reviews

This film beats the Austrian "Tempo" (1996) in the inofficial bicycle courier film hit list by a small but still enormous margin: "Haertetest" is a story for courageous people as well as those who never take risks (like protagonist Jonas, brilliantly played by Janek Rieke) because both parts of the medal are wittily presented. Why should a boy bother about a girl? Because friends and parents say so? Or because there is something about this other person Lena (fantastic: Lisa Martinek) that is outraging, attractive, awful, hilarious, in other words: lovable? This is definitely a must-see!


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