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Head-On -- A passionate and erotic love story between two self-destructive individuals who are forced into a marriage of convenience only to find love can be a reason to live.


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Release Date:
11 March 2004 (Germany) See more »
In 'Gegen die Wand' Cahit, a 40-something male from Mersin in Turkey has removed everything Turkish from his life... See more » | Full synopsis »
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25 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Very unique, profound, and touching See more (83 total) »


  (in credits order)

Birol Ünel ... Cahit
Güven Kiraç ... Seref
Zarah Jane McKenzie ... Barfrau in der Fabrik (as Zarah McKenzie)
Stefan Gebelhoff ... Nico
Catrin Striebeck ... Maren
Francesco Fiannaca ... Mann am Tresen
Mona Mur ... Stammkundin Zoe Bar

Sibel Kekilli ... Sibel

Ralph Misske ... Patient 1 (Psychiatrie)

Philipp Baltus ... Patient 2 (Psychiatrie)
Hermann Lause ... Dr. Schiller
Karin Niwiger ... Kassiererin (Psychiatrie)
Demir Gökgöl ... Yunus Güner (Vater)
Cem Akin ... Yilmaz Güner (Bruder)
Aysel Iscan ... Birsen Güner (Mutter)

Orhan Güner ... Busfahrer
Herr Tekin ... Barbier

Meltem Cumbul ... Selma (Cousine)
Andreas Thiel ... Beamter Trauung
Adam Bousdoukos ... Barmann (Hochzeitsnacht)
Monique Akin ... Kundin im Friseurladen
Marco Greiser ... Abschlepper Disco
Senol Ugurlu ... Shane
Sileyman Kaplan ... Sly
Hatun Kazci ... Hatice
Canan Ata ... Canan
Nurcan Esmertürk ... Nurcan
Yilmaz Canan ... Türsteher 1
Alma Ouglu Sahin ... Türsteher 2
Cahit Aygüler ... Schläger
Reinhold Schulz ... Haftanstaltswärter

Mehmet Kurtulus ... Barmann Istanbul
Feridun Koc ... Osman 1
Tulga Serim ... Osman 2
Tugay Erverdi ... Osman 3
Selim Erdogan ... Taxifahrer

Tim Seyfi ... Bayerischer Taxifahrer
Misra Tomruk ... Pamuk (Tochter)
Selim Sesler ... Musiker
Idil Üner ... Musiker

Maceo Parker ... Musiker
Aytun Ede ... Musiker
Fanfare Ciocarlia ... Musiker

Directed by
Fatih Akin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fatih Akin  book

Produced by
Ali Akdeniz .... line producer: Turkey
Fatih Akin .... co-producer
Mehmet Kurtulus .... co-producer
Andreas Schreitmüller .... producer: arte
Stefan Schubert .... producer
Ralph Schwingel .... producer
Andreas Thiel .... co-producer
Jeanette Würl .... producer: NDR
Original Music by
Alexander Hacke 
Maceo Parker 
Cinematography by
Rainer Klausmann 
Film Editing by
Andrew Bird 
Casting by
Mai Seck 
Mia Seck 
Harika Uygur 
Production Design by
Tamo Kunz 
Art Direction by
Sirma Bradley 
Nergis Çaliskan 
Costume Design by
Katrin Aschendorf 
Makeup Department
Nursen Balci .... makeup supervisor
Daniel Schröder .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Muharrem Gulmez .... production manager: Turkey
Ingrid Holzapfel .... production manager
Levent Oztekin .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andreas Thiel .... first assistant director
Nergis Usta .... second assistant director
Art Department
Christoph Birth .... props
Beate ter Schüren .... property master
Sound Department
Richard Borowski .... sound mixer
Kai Greve .... trouble shooter
Hubert Henle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Thomas Knop .... foley recordist
Jörg Krieger .... sound designer
Martin Langenbach .... foley artist
Kai Lüde .... sound
Matthias Münster .... adr recordist
Nani Schumann .... sound designer
Herbert Wüst .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Peter Wiemker .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Oliver Lammert .... title design
Emanuel Bettencourt .... fights choreographer
Josh Haggerty .... stunts
Sönke Korries .... stunts
Jochen Lange .... stunts
Uwe Mansshardt .... stunts
Ronnie Paul .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ümit Barlas .... lighting technician: Turkey
Clemens Bley .... assistant camera: second unit
Stefan Bräsen .... electrician
Carol Burandt von Kameke .... assistant camera
Hervé Dieu .... assistant camera
Annika Eysel .... assistant camera: second unit
Christian Klopp .... camera operator: second unit
Torsten Lemke .... gaffer
Maike Maier .... grip
Carsten Scharrmann .... grip
Kerstin Stelter .... still photographer
Casting Department
Dinah Schramm .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Almut Stier .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Stefanie Delfs .... negative cutter
Ilona Gehr .... negative cutter
Nikolai Hartmann .... assistant editor
Petra Schütt .... color grader
Location Management
Roman Brandt .... location manager
Jan Weber .... location manager
Music Department
Klaus Maeck .... music consultant
Alex Menck .... composer: additional music
Daniel Puente Encina .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Mira Amari .... coach: actors
Georgios Arvanitis .... set intern
Dewi Grobecker .... payroll
Uwe Grobecker .... production accountant
Mira Husseini .... film publicist
Aksel Kamber .... production assistant
Uwe Kolbe .... legal & business affairs
Oliver Lammert .... title designer
Birgit Nentwig .... production assistant
Erhan Ozogul .... production accountant: Turkey
Andreas Schreitmüller .... misc crew
Nergis Usta .... continuity
Jeanette Würl .... misc crew

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gegen die Wand" - Germany (original title)
"Against the Wall" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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Rated R for strong graphic sexuality, pervasive language, some brutal violence and drug content
121 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The scene where Cahit is smashing glasses with his bare hands was done using chemicals: Birol Ünel's hands were covered in a substance that would turn red when reacting to the liquid in the (plastic) glasses.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The psychiatrist at the beginning of the film tells Cahit about a song by the band The The containing the line "If you can't change the world, change your world". The actual quote (from the song "Lonely Planet", included in the album "Dusk") is "If you can't change the world, change yourself".See more »
Cahit:I'm sorry I ran off before.
Sibel:That's OK.
Cahit:I'm a mental case, you know?
Sibel:[Kisses Cahit]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) (TV)See more »
Ne aglarsin - bu da gelir bu da gecer aglamaSee more »


What happens at the end? Cahit leaves on the bus alone, or they travel together?
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51 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
Very unique, profound, and touching, 13 September 2004
Author: Exiled_Archangel from Istanbul, Turkey

Gegen Die Wand is a major success of Turkish cinema, or rather Turkish and German cinema together. Yet another masterpiece created by Turkish-German synergy after the outstanding Lola + Bilidikid. Of course that one is more "subculture specific", but in the end the two deal with the lives of German Turks who are both German and Turkish, or more like neither German nor Turkish. So it seems like Turks and Germans can create great things together when they give up the Gastarbeiter vs. local attitude ;-)

Faith Akýn must be congratulated for his cast selection! Nobody could play Sibel better than Sibel Kekilli. Apparently, she doesn't only act, she adds something from her actual life. One way or another, she deserves an Oscar with her performance! The others are nowhere behind her, especially Birol Ünel makes you feel for his character. The "German Turks subculture" depiction is brutally realistic too. I don't think anyone shall have a single bad thing to say about this movie, that would be plainly ridiculous.

A love story, a profound depiction of social issues regarding the "German Turks", a virtual cultural journey. Everything, and everything good, exists in this flick! Thanks to Faith Akýn and the entire crew for bringing such a delight to life!


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