Train Birds (1998)
"Zugvögel - ... einmal nach Inari" (original title)

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Hannes is a beer-truck driver in Dortmund. His biggest dream is to win the first prize at the International Time-Table Contest in Inari (Finland). When his new boss cancels his extra ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joachim Król ...
Hannes Weber
Sirpa Salonen
Kommissar Franck
Antje Schmidt ...
Die Kleine vom Supermarkt
Nina Petri ...
Frau Kößner, Sekretärin
Charlie Hendricks ...
Kalle, Entlassener
Johannes Herrschmann ...
Dagmar Sachse ...
Anna Posthoff ...
Kind im Zug
Hilmi Sözer ...
Harry, Assistent
Oliver Marlo ...
Lako, Schlafwagenschaffner
Karl-Heinz, Inari-Fan
Beatrix Albl ...
Frau im Trenchcoat
Didi Jünemann ...
Hein, Zugprüfer


Hannes is a beer-truck driver in Dortmund. His biggest dream is to win the first prize at the International Time-Table Contest in Inari (Finland). When his new boss cancels his extra holidays to go there, Hans goes mad... On his journey to Finland by train, followed by the police, he meets lot of folks and the love of his life. Written by Sascha Tubbesing <>

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Release Date:

9 July 1998 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Train Birds  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

DEM 380,629 (Germany) (24 July 1998)


DEM 1,481,625 (Germany) (24 July 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Helsinki, Sirpa puts water on her husband's computer keyboard. It's a German keyboard with umlauts (ä,ö,ü) instead of a Finnish one. See more »

Crazy Credits

Pauli Pentti's screen credit is preceeded by the following: "and for the first (and probably last) time on the screen" See more »


References North by Northwest (1959) See more »


Sä kuulut päivään jokaiseen
Performed by Eino Grön
Written by Reino Markkula (as Markkula) / Juha Vainio (as Vainio) / Esko Linnavalli (as Linnavalli)
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sehr süß!
4 May 2002 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I rented the video from the local Goethe Institute hoping to find a less painful way to learn some German. I feel as if I've uncovered a treasure. The film is uncannily realistic for anyone who has done a really long journey by train. A few scenes were so convincing I found myself having flashbacks. Funny, unpretentious, and humane - a "romantic comedy" that won't make you want to hurl.

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