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Late Show (1999)

The program director of a German TV station desperately looks for a new talk master for the Late Show.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hannes Engel
Harald Schmidt ...
Conrad 'Conny' Scheffer
Maria Keller
Jasmin Tabatabai ...
Carla Sperling
Sabine Orléans ...
Dieter Pfaff ...
Mick Meyer
Olli Dittrich ...
Otto Schenk ...
Dr. August Beer
Jürgen Tarrach ...
Bobby Dattel
Sonja Vogel
Urs Hefti ...
Jakob Mirner
Martin Armknecht ...
Bildregisseur (Director)
Andreas Kunze ...


Tele-C, a private German TV station, is in trouble. The audience rating is going down, and program manager Conny Schiffer is desperate. One evening - his best showmaster is interviewing a goat at the moment - he decides to make some changes. Listening to the radio, he hears Hannes Engel, a very creative and special DJ. Unfortunately, Hannes' wife Maria, an actress, has just been thrown off the cast of a major Tele-C TV pic and therefore Conny does not find him in the most receptive mood when trying to hire him for the exact same station. But with the glamorous future Conny promises, Hannes quickly decides to sign - and gets ground up properly in the mills of the German TV industry, just like his wife had forecast. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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25 February 1999 (Germany)  »

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Not brilliant, but absolutely entertaining.
7 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

"Late Show" is not the piece of art that "Rossini", Dietl's last movie, was. But I'm not sure if we should feel sorry about this. Maybe a topic like cable-TV deserves to be treated in this loud and aggressive way. This is "Kalkhofes Mattscheibe" for the big screen. But although LS is not a masterpiece, it's funny and its satirical arrows mostly hit the point. It's good comedy treating more than relationships, something seldom produced by German moviemakers.

The acting is surprisingly good. Even Gottschalk manages it this time, although it is no challenge to play oneself. The real discovery of this movie is Harald Schmidt if you consider that overacting was the task given to him. Note: If you hate Schmidt, don't watch this movie, but it's a must for everyone who misses "Schmidteinander". Minor roles were casted and played well, especially Pfaff was superb, transporting a sad and desperate tone into the film. Yasmin Tabatabai presents the evilest looking make-up in a movie I've ever seen. Oh- and a law should maybe be passed that hinders directors from casting their girlfriends.

After all, together with "23" a good start into '99 for German cinema.

PS. Enjoy the opening critics, but don't try to read them.

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