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Short Sharp Shock (1998)
"Kurz und schmerzlos" (original title)

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Three friends get caught in a life of major crime.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Bousdoukos ...
Regula Grauwiller ...
Idil Üner ...
Ralph Herforth ...
Oscar Ortega Sánchez ...
Marc Hosemann ...
Cem Akin ...
Gabriels Bruder
Sükriye Dönmez ...
Seine Braut
Mustafa Enver Akin ...
Gabriels Vater
Hadiye Akin ...
Gabriels Mutter
Nezâ Selbuz ...
Tänzerin auf Hochzeit
Monique Akin ...
Junge Frau im Reisebüro (as Monique Obermüller)


Hamburg, Germany. The small crime scene. Three friends: Gabriel from Turkey and just out of prison, Costa from Greece and together with Gabriel's sister, Bobby from Serbia and together with her best friend. Bobby wants to get more into organized crime and decides to apply for a membership in an Albanian gang. As a test, he has to beat up someone who owes his future boss. He can join. Later, when Bobby has to do a weapon's deal on his own, he tries to get his friends in, too. But Gabriel does not want to go back into crime, he is dreaming of a life at the southern Turkish coast, owning a boat rental shop. Costa, always out of money, joins Bobby for one last time before getting good. But before the deal is on, both women start leaving their men for others. And when the deal is on, it goes terribly wrong. Written by Julian Reischl <>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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15 October 1998 (Germany)  »

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In the scene where Bobby slaps Alice, 'Aleksandar Jovanovic' really slapped Regula Grauwiller on director's demand without her knowledge to intensify the scene and add authenticity. See more »


As the camera tracks in to Bobby and Muhamer, the camera and its tracks are reflected on the front door of the car. See more »


References Scarface (1983) See more »

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Better than Lola Rennt
2 March 2003 | by (Vilnius, Lithuania) – See all my reviews

It is truly a shame that this film was overshadowed by the overhyped Lola Rennt. I really enjoyed this film, which has a grit to it that can only be present with realistic characters. Watching this film, it was easy to identify with the characters, whose feelings and emotions are real (unlike many a Hollywood flick).

Ralf Herforth is convincing as the Albanian gangster Muhamer, and the other unknown actors do a great job portraying their characters.

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