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

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  18 June 1999 (USA)
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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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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 »


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?


Yoshiaki Koizumi who is a game-designer at Nintendo(R) called 'Run Lola, Run' one of the main inspirations he had when he came up with the idea behind the game 'The Legend of Zelda - Majora's Mask' (released on Nintendo 64 in year 2000). Like Run Lola, Run, the game is centered around the experience of time rewinding which will make you experience the same days and events reoccur over and over until you eventually have what you need to achieve your main goal. See more »


At the end of the first run, Manni and Lola rob a supermarket. At the end of the third run, when Lola scans the intersection for Manni, the same supermarket is closed and dark. The filmmakers were unable to secure permission to close down the streets for filming, so the scene was filmed just after dawn on a Sunday morning to avoid traffic. 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

The end credits run backwards, from top to bottom. See more »


Edited into The Clock (2010) See more »


The Unanswered Question
Performed by The Orchestra of St. Luke's
Conducted by John Adams
Music by Charles Ives
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User Reviews

A breathtaking, action-packed love story...
15 January 2001 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Run Lola Run is a riveting, heart (and pavement) pounding epic choose-your-own-adventure. Written and directed by Tom Tykwer, Run Lola Run is the story of a girl, Lola, who receives a panicked phone call from her longtime boyfriend, Manni. Manni owes a mobster 100,000 marks and doesn't know what to do. Lola, desperate to save his life, reassures him that she can get the money to him by noon, when he must meet the mobster (that means, she has twenty minutes), or else Manni would rob a grocery store. From that moment on, the movie takes us through three stories of Lola's trials trying to get Manni's money in 20 minutes - and with every person she comes into contact with, their lives take on completely different forms, as shown by 30-second photo flash montages. On an originality scale, this film ranks a ten. Franka Potente, the actress that portrays our flame-haired heroine, does an exceptional job. From the first frame the film plunges into action and adventure with breakneck speed, and we find ourselves cheering for Lola right to the end.

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