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Oben geblieben ist noch keiner (1980)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heinz Rennhack ...
Willi Zubrodt
Solveig Müller ...
Christine Linde
Alfred Struwe ...
Flugplatzleiter Behrens
Jürgen Zartmann ...
Ausbilder Kunkel
Gisbert Peter Terhorst ...
Flugausbilder (as Gisbert-Peter Terhorst)
Rüdiger Joswig ...
Ersters Mitglied der Prüfungskommission
Ursula Staack ...
Mitglied der Prüfungskommission
Jürgen Frohriep ...
Abteilungsleiter Denger
Regine Heintze ...
Susann Anacker ...
Natascha Kaulmann
Monika Boysen ...
Katharina Knecht
Undine Dreessen
Evelyn Fuchs ...
Birgit Raatz ...
Renate Seifert
Viola Schweizer ...


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Comedy | Sport





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26 May 1980 (East Germany)  »

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Carry on skydiving
4 March 2012 | by (Konstanz, Germany) – See all my reviews

This East German comedy reminded me more than once of films like Carry On Sergeant, where a group of initially incompetent recruits grows with their tasks. In this case, it is almost the military - namely, the para-military GST (Gesellschaft für Sport und Technik) which was used in the GDR to teach adolescents dual-use skills to prepare them for military service. They had uniforms, barracks, jeeps and near-military discipline requirements. (All of this I gather from this film, the first I ever saw dealing with GST).

Willi Zubrot seems to have been recommended by his factory to take a sky-diving course there. Early, he gets in conflict with the discipline, but makes friends mostly with the girls, and is on the point of either being fired or quitting himself. He then develops some eagerness to excel in both theory and athletics, and in reward is registered for his first jump (which he refuses in panic, high in the air). On second attempt, a girl lets loose a bee, of which Willi is even more afraid, so he jumps in panic - however, out of area of the airstrip, so he ultimately lands in a sewage pond.

Again he is on the point of being fired from the course, but on the following weekend his factory has already arranged a collective trip to the airstrip to watch their colleague skydive. He and the sexy female GST officer go up in an old Russian biplane, and he is preparing to jump, when the pilot announces they have to return to base, as a bad weather front is coming up. Maybe Willi doesn't want to disappoint his colleagues, so he jumps without instructions. The GST officer jumps after him to save him, but lands in a pond (fresh-water this time), while Willi is hanging from a tree. On the way back to base, the officer is picked up by a Trabant car, while Willi continues on foot, over a deserted construction site, where he (with good reasons) breaks into an office trailer and steals a dumper for a wild cross-country trip. (My favorite scene is the dumper at the railroad crossing).

Not to spoil everything, I won't reveal his good reasons :^) I found this film both funny (well, some scenes are a tad slow) and informative

  • of course it also had propaganda purposes, to motivate young people
to join GST and meet all the friendly officers... :^) 8/10.

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