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Run Lola Run (1998)

Lola rennt (original title)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Jutta Hansen
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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: The difference between life or death can be decided in a split second.) See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 USA:

$123,643, 18 June 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film contains about 1581 transitions (edits, dissolves, fades, wipes, etc) in 71 minutes of action (i.e. excluding the credits, and pre-credits sequence). This equates to an Average Shot Length of about 2.7 seconds. Interestingly, the editing is relatively slower towards the end of the film. For most contemporary films, the opposite is the norm. See more »


Lola's bra strap when she enters her father's office in Part II. See more »


[first lines]
[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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"Special thanks to those who ran with us". See more »


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Vocals by Franka Potente / Thomas D (as Thomas D.)
Music by Tom Tykwer (as Tykwer) / Johnny Klimek (as Klimek) / Reinhold Heil (as Heil)
Lyrics by Tom Tykwer / Thomas D (as Thomas D.)
Performed by Franka Potente (as Franka Potenta) feat. Thomas D (as Thomas D.)
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See Lola run
13 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Tom Tykwer's clever "Run Lola Run" showed up on cable the other day. We had seen it when it first came out, and frankly, watching it for a second time, it seemed even better than the last time. Mr Tykwer made an excellent impression with this film, which introduced us to this talented director. Having seen "Heaven", and "True", "Lola rennt" is by far a superior effort from Mr. Tykwer.

The premise of the film is a clever one. Lola, in twenty minutes, must solve the mystery in which she is drawn into. At each of this situations, Lola shows great resources about how to help her petty criminal boyfriend, who has lost 100,000 DM, and now must account for the missing money.

Franka Potente is the main reason why this movie works the way it does. She is almost like the cartoon character one sees in the opening credits. Lola, is larger than life, and shows she can do anything she wants because of her resolve. Ms. Potente brings freshness to the role and she totally captivates the viewer in her no-nonsense approach to life, in general. The supporting cast does good work under Mr. Tykwer's direction.

It's a puzzle why Hollywood hasn't made an attempt to remake this film, since the Americans are obsessed with redoing material like "Run Lola Run". Let's hope they don't try!

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