MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 23,009 this week

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

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 1,049 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 15 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(idea), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 29 Sep 2010
 
a list of 23 titles
created 02 Dec 2010
 
a list of 3309 titles
created 18 Oct 2011
 
a list of 105 titles
created 28 Apr 2013
 
a list of 183 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Train Birds" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Train Birds (1998)

Train Birds (1998) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Train Birds.
4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Little Sharks (1992)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

When dishwasher Ingo, whose girl-friend has just left him, returns a borrowed bar stool to the Folkwang Acting School in Essen, he stumbles into the audition for next year's new students. ... See full summary »

Director: Sönke Wortmann
Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Kai Wiesinger, Gedeon Burkhard
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Anna, 17 years old, is happy to throw her first big birthday party without her parents, but some of her guests are so stoned that they leave a big chaos and, even worse, destroy the ... See full summary »

Director: Hans-Christian Schmid
Stars: Franka Potente, Axel Milberg, Dagmar Manzel
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Clara and Hans are left-wing terrorists, who are chased by the police since almost fifteen years. The puberty of her increasingly rebellious daughter Jeanne imposes a threat on their ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Petzold
Stars: Julia Hummer, Barbara Auer, Richy Müller
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two brothers both of which can neither read nor write making their way across Germany in order to claim to their inheritance. On their way they meet Viktor, a deserted soldier of the sowjet... See full summary »

Director: Detlev Buck
Stars: Joachim Król, Horst Krause, Konstantin Kotljarov
The Worthless (1982)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A criminal, his friend and his former girlfriend find their lives intertwining with each other.

Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Stars: Matti Pellonpää, Pirkko Hämäläinen, Juuso Hirvikangas
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

After ordering enough typewriting paper for 40 years, just to get discount, Heinrich Lohse is forced to retire. The former manager has plenty of time now to spend with his wife and their 16... See full summary »

Directors: Vicco von Bülow, Renate Westphal-Lorenz
Stars: Evelyn Hamann, Vicco von Bülow, Irm Hermann
Herr Lehmann (2003)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In October 1989, the part of the West Berlin borough of Kreuzberg called SO 36, had been largely shut off by the Wall from the rest of the city for 28 years. A lethargic sub-culture of ... See full summary »

Director: Leander Haußmann
Stars: Christian Ulmen, Katja Danowski, Detlev Buck
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After he loses his job, his father, and his girlfriend, Jan's life is a shambles. Then suddenly he meets freakish street musician Vera, and a bittersweet romance unfolds...

Director: Wolfgang Becker
Stars: Christiane Paul, Jürgen Vogel, Ricky Tomlinson
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The movie deals with the championship-winning German soccer team of 1954. Its story is linked with two others: The family of a young boy is split due to the events in World War II, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Sönke Wortmann
Stars: Louis Klamroth, Peter Lohmeyer, Johanna Gastdorf
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Beautiful blonde translator Rebecca lives with her boyfriend, ski instructor Marco, in a small mountain villa owned by her friend, nurse Laura. Rene, a cinema projectionist, steals Marco's ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Tykwer
Stars: Ulrich Matthes, Marie-Lou Sellem, Floriane Daniel
Juha (1999)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A farmer's wife is seduced into running away from her stolid older husband by a city slicker, who enslaves her in a brothel.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Stars: Sakari Kuosmanen, Kati Outinen, André Wilms
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

This movie reflects on the situation around the border between Poland and Germany. The fate of many single characters creates a picture of life in this region: Some Ukrainians want to cross... See full summary »

Director: Hans-Christian Schmid
Stars: Andrzej Górak, Anna Yanovskaya, Sergey Frolov
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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 <saschat@gmx.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Crime

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

9 July 1998 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Train Birds  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

DEM 380,629 (Germany) (24 July 1998)

Gross:

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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

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 »

Connections

References Derrick (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Una festa sui prati
Performed by Adriano Celentano
Written by Luciano Beretta (as Beretta) / 'Michele del Prete' (as Del Prete) / Mogol / Adriano Celentano (as Celentano)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Weird story embedded in realist setting
17 February 2001 | by (Madison, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

I definitely enjoyed viewing this film at one of its first showings at Filmfest Hamburg back in 1998. I especially admire the almost documentary-like realism with which the long train trip from Germany to Kemijärvi, Finland is depicted (seems that the ferry company Silja line sponsored the film - after all, its ship gets a lot of footage). As to the story, it seemed rather weird to me despite the fact that my own attitude towards trains and timetables is not so far removed from that of the film's protagonist. And isn't it awkward that this "International contest of train timetable experts" takes place, of all, in Inari, which was never reached by any railway, forcing the participants to take a bus for the last stage of their journey?


3 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Musik melanie_wied
Discuss Train Birds (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?