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Run Lola Run (1998)
"Lola rennt" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  18 June 1999 (USA)
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Ratings: 7.8/10 from 155,690 users   Metascore: 77/100
Reviews: 705 user | 189 critic | 29 from Metacritic.com

After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.



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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 28 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »



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Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manni. He lost 100,000 DM in a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy. Lola has 20 min to raise this amount and meet Manni. Otherwise, he will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may happen depending on some minor event along Lola's run. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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(English translation: Every second of every day you're faced with a decision that can change your life.) See more »


Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 June 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lola Runs  »

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Box Office


DEM 3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$92,488 (USA) (18 June 1999)


$7,267,324 (USA) (21 January 2000)

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Did You Know?


Hans Paetsch, who speaks the narration at the beginning, is Germany's most popular fairy tale narrator. His characteristic voice is easily recognized by anyone who grew up with fairy tale records in Germany. See more »


In the casino, Lola wins big. We see the roulette wheel stop after the second turn she takes on 20 black. The wheel is actually stopped. Yet, as Lola cashes out and we see everyone staring at her at the cashier's counter, the roulette wheel is still turning See more »


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[subtitled version]
Narrator: Man... probably the most mysterious species on our planet. A mystery of unanswered questions. Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? How do we know what we think we know? Why do we believe anything at all? Countless questions in search of an answer... an answer that will give rise to a new question... and the next answer will give rise to the next question and so on. But, in the end, isn't it always the same question? And always the same answer?
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, a giant, red ENDE (German for end) crawls across the background, taking several minutes to pass. See more »


Referenced in Naken (2000) See more »


Running Two
Vocals by Franka Potente / Tom Tykwer
Music by Tom Tykwer (as Tykwer) / Johnny Klimek (as Klimek) / Reinhold Heil (as Heil)
Lyrics by Tom Tykwer
Performed by Tom Tykwer (as Tykwer) / Johnny Klimek (as Klimek) / Reinhold Heil (as Heil) feat. Franka Potente
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Riveting action, dynamic sound track, and brilliant editing had me hooked from the first frame.
27 June 1999 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

The concepts are simple. How do our actions affect our own lives, as well as those whom we touch? What part do chance and random events play in determining an outcome? Can we select a different result by making different choices? In short, what is reality? Well, maybe it isn't all that simple, but while others have plowed these same fertile fields, as recently as the film "Go", and also in "The Music of Chance", based on Paul Auster's novel, no one has dealt with such cosmic existential questions with more brilliant originality, fast paced action, and a pulsing score than in this German cinematic masterpiece.

In a compact ninety minutes, combining snips of animation, cinema verité, quirky characters, situations and dialogue, and a pace that makes most music videos look like they've been filmed in slow motion, three versions of the same story sequence unfold, and each time conclude with a jolting finish that defies convention, and keeps the viewer guessing until the final frame.

This is one of those rare cinematic events that is entertaining, satisfying, and absorbing, as well as flawlessly acted, staged, edited, produced and directed. I thought that Lola ran her race with flair and style, and left all others way behind in the dust.

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