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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
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

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

When Martin and Rudi rob the gas station and the policeman approaches Martin, the policeman's head is turned right when shown from behind, but turned left when shown from Martin's point of view. 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 True Romance (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

LOS MONETAS
By Franz Plasa & Selig
Performed by Digital Elvis & Zero
Produced by Franz Plasa
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Excellent, excellent movie
19 June 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

The TV guide described the two leads in _KoHD_ as terminally ill gangsters, so when I came to watch it I discovered something quite different from what I had expected.

_KoHD_ is an excellent film that blends facets of gangster, buddy, road movie, comedy and drama genres together into a seamless whole. Initially, Martin and Rudi are, of course, hopelessly mismatched. As they travel towards the sea (their ultimate goal), the relationship between the two men begins to change. The nervous Rudi finds strength and confidence; Martin, on the other hand, who is initially by far the stronger of the pair, comes to rely more upon Rudi for strength and assistance.

Much have been made of the comedy in _KoHD_, and this is a major component - it is the humour that makes the film (which could have been utterly bleak) ultimately an uplifting experience. That being said, however, just when you forget that both men are dying you are reminded forcefully that they are both, as the title suggests, knocking on heaven's door. These two forces - the pathos and the comedy - provide a wonderful balance. Thumbs up.


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