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The Princess and the Warrior (2000)

Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (original title)
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Young nurse Sissi lives a secluded life, seemingly entirely devoted to her patients at Birkenhof asylum. Her first encounter with ex-soldier and drifter Bodo has a lasting impact. He causes... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joachim Król ...
Lars Rudolph ...
Otto (as Melchior Beslon)
Christa Fast ...
Susanne Bredehöft ...
Gottfried Breitfuss ...
Paul (as Gottfried Breitfuß)
Steffen Scheumann ...
Bruno (as Steffen Schult)
Rolf Dennemann ...
Ali Nejat-Nouei ...
Sybille J. Schedwill ...
Maria (as Sybille Jacqueline Schedwill)
Peter Ender ...
Friederike Frerichs ...


Young nurse Sissi lives a secluded life, seemingly entirely devoted to her patients at Birkenhof asylum. Her first encounter with ex-soldier and drifter Bodo has a lasting impact. He causes an accident that results in her lying under a truck, unable to breathe. While he provides life-saving first aid, mesmerized Sissi begins to wonder whether he may be the man of her dreams. But when she tracks him down weeks later her affection is rejected, as Bodo is stuck somewhere between a traumatic past and a criminal future. Written by Armin Ortmann <armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de>

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Irgendwo da draußen wartet die Liebe


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing images, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 October 2000 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Princess & the Warrior  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$51,426 (USA) (22 June 2001)


$871,058 (USA) (23 November 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The German title "Der Krieger und die Kaiserin" translates as "The Warrior and the Empress", but Tykwer wanted the English title to be "The Princess and the Warrior" instead. See more »


After Bodo freaks out on the psych ward and is sedated, he is brought to the doctor's office for an interview. The doctor enters carrying a bottle of water and two empty glasses, opens the bottle, pours a glass for Bodo, and recaps the bottle. The doctor's glass, with water in it, then appears on the desk. See more »


Simone 'Sissi' Schmidt: I'm having trouble sleeping. I keep dreaming about you.
Bodo Riemer: You don't even know me.
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References Halloween (1978) See more »


Performed by Arab Strap
Written & produced by Arab Strap
Cello by Cora Bissett
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Simply beautiful - Kieslowski in magnificent colors
26 January 2005 | by (CPH) – See all my reviews

Now, there was a pleasant Sunday evening.

I never got around to seeing it in the theaters, but just caught it by accident on tele, and even from the start. And it works perfectly on that media as well.

It is a rarely beautiful tale told in so few words, that tell so much. It is little wonder that Tykwer got to make Heaven (a script left by Kieslowski). Few has ever described the love between man and woman so catchingly and so real in so not so extraordinary circumstances. And these are the stories that sticks.

And Tykwer also always seems to get the music right, notice the elegance of the end-title number "You can't find peace" by Pale 3 feat. Skin. Thankfully they still show end-titles now and then on danish television.

There's lot more to write, but the morning a another day at work grows frightfully close.

This will be a fond memory.

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