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Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Crime, Comedy  |  20 February 1997 (Germany)
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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

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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
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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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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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

[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 »

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References Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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I WILL SURVIVE
By Freddie Perren (as Frederick Perren) / Dino Fekaris
Performed by U-Stay with Melina
Produced by Franz Plasa and Mahony Prod
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GREAT MOVIE
2 August 2003 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This movie is great, it should have been translated into English. It's often compared to Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino. I can understand that to a certain point because it contains witty dialogues like Pulp Fiction but it combines them with tragic and still has it's funny moments.

And because of it's tragedy it makes you think, unlike Pulp Fiction (now don't get me wrong folks, I just LOVE that movie). The effect holds on and you wonder: what would I do, if I knew I'll die within a week or a month,... (some very short time period)

One of the movies, that you can't just put in one genre, it's more than that. Brilliant.


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