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Two young men, Martin and Rudi, 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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Martin Brest
Jan Josef Liefers ...
Rudi Wurlitzer
Thierry van Werveke ...
Henk - der Belgier
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Abdul - der Araber
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Frankie 'Boy' Beluga
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Kommissar Schneider
Ralph Herforth ...
Assistent Keller
Cornelia Froboess ...
Frau Brest - Martins Mutter
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Curtiz
Willi Thomczyk ...
Autoverkäufer (as Willy Thomczyk)
Christiane Paul ...
Verkäuferin Boutique
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Motorrad-Polizist
Vladimir Weigl ...
Harald Rohwitz
Jenny Elvers-Elbertzhagen ...
Schwester Labor A (as Jenny Elvers)
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Schwester Labor B
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Storyline

Two young men, Martin and Rudi, 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 60's Mercedes convertible. The car happens to belong to a bunch of gangsters, which 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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sea | tequila | hospital | convertible | cancer | See more »

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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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Release Date:

20 February 1997 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A mennyország kapujában  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,296 (USA) (21 April 2000)

Gross:

$3,296 (USA) (21 April 2000)
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2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When Henk and Abdul call their boss, you can hear a police siren in the background. That sound is from an American police car, not a German one. See more »

Quotes

[Own translation since the movie is not available in English]
Patient im Fahrstuhl: [waking up] What's happened? Am I in Heaven?
Henk - der Belgier: Sure. I am Sweet God and this
[points to Abdul]
Henk - der Belgier: is Saint Peter.
Abdul - der Araber: [St. Peter] Salam aleikum.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Kai Rabe gegen die Vatikankiller (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

COW & BOY
By Franz Plasa & Selig
Performed by Digital Elvis & Zero
Produced by Franz Plasa
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8 March 2002 | by (Washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

This is easily one of the best films that I have seen in a long time and certainly the best of its modern gangster genre. The plot is maybe a touch formulaic but that fits well as the whole film pokes fun of many of the clichees that Hollywood pictures like Pulp Fiction take a little too seriously. Actually, I have heard many people compare it to Pulp Fiction, but the only real similarity I found is in its frenetic style and odd sense of humor. As for humor, the subtitles are well done, so you don't lose much in the translation.


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