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Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Comedy | 20 February 1997 (Germany)
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
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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
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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 ...
Schwester Labor A
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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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Ein schnelles Auto, 1 Million Mark im Kofferraum und nur noch eine Woche zu leben

Genres:

Action | Crime | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

20 February 1997 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A mennyország kapujában  »

Box Office

Budget:

DEM 4,300,000 (estimated)

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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Trivia

Was the most successful German movie of 1997 with 3,585,422 visitors. See more »

Goofs

You can spot a cameraman at the screen bottom in a mass police deployment scene after Rudi and Martin barely make it out of the apothecary. 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

References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

COW & BOY
By Franz Plasa & Selig
Performed by Digital Elvis & Zero
Produced by Franz Plasa
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an awesome one
12 June 2005 | by (Latvia) – See all my reviews

After watching the movie for 11th time i decided to share what i think of it.

It is simply great. By great i mean the idea that is (supposedly) very deep inside. Perhaps it's about the ultimate goal, that everyone has and hasn't got time to fulfill it, and when the moment comes that makes one understand 'now is the right time'. Sometimes it's too late, sometimes one never understands it is time to change something, but for those two, life was a success. Quoting matrix (kill me), it's the "free your mind" style, when all problems go away and you can do whatever you want to do. It's actually a very thrilling experience, and hope this movie can inspire someone to change something in the rhythm of life they're currently living. I like movies that make you think different of things, and this surely is one that does so.


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