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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful:

Different than Peter Thorwarths first movies

Author: Cradle22 from Germany
1 February 2006

This movie is not as funny as Thorwarths first two movies, namely "Bang Boom Bang" and "Was nicht passt wird passend gemacht".

And that was not the intention at all. I cannot conclude with other comments describing the depicted characters as being one-dimensional. As usual, Ralf Richter kind of plays himself, and is good at impersonating the low life small criminal.

And Dirk Benedicts performance is absolutely believable. He plays an average guy who suddenly gets the chance to enter the stand in the spotlight of show-business, and who starts to really like it. His lines are funny ("I did not want to play John Stryker anymore, all those Bang Boom Bang, that shooting in afternoon series like 'A-Team', that really pi**ed me off"), and he really delivers the tragic aspects of his character.

Thorvarths movies are always over the top in regards of how the action and the stories culminate, but this kind of exaggeration is often funny in itself.

I like this kind of mixture between comic and tragedy, in that case I would compare it to "Boogie Nights", which tone reminds me of "Goldene Zeiten".

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

very good German movie

Author: Pollo Loco from Münster, GERMANY
17 February 2006

I had heard a lot of bad stuff about this movie in advance and so i was pretty excited about it. now, after seeing it i can't share this criticism. this movie is full of interesting characters with whom you can easily identify. of course it's impossible to work out the very last detail of each one if them within two hours, but this increases the tension and confronts you with a lot of different and fresh characters. the story has many plots and it's very interesting to see how they all fit together in the end. I can recommend this movie to everyone who likes the two other PT-movies. You'll find a lot of parallels to especially Bang Boom Bang. Goldene Zeiten even tops the other movies in my opinion and offers a lot of plots to be implemented in further movies. i'm looking forward to that. the actors are well chosen and you'll recognize a lot of well-known characters. great movie which improves the "german cinema" *g*.

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Nice little underrated movie

Author: kosmasp
3 August 2013

When it came out, it completely went by me and I just got a hold of it a couple of years later. Even after re-watching it recently, I felt it was a nice little movie. Wotan who's in the lead role (and he isn't often enough considering he's much better at it than some other A-Listers in Germany), has the charisma to lead the movie. Even Dirk Benedict who has a very extended cameo playing himself, but as someone else, is really funny.

Many say this isn't the funniest movie the director made and this may be true (there is a lot of dark moments in there too that might take away some of the fun for some people), but I like the way he mixed it up. You can never be too sure about the outcome, when there are variables that you can not connect. Some characters might act strange, but that always happens. One of the better comedies to come out of Germany in the last 10 years.

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7 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Way below my expectations

Author: mowe from Germany
26 January 2006

I really enjoyed watching "Bang Boom Bang" and "Was nicht passt wird passend gemacht". I watched those movies several times and never got bored. Unfortunately "Goldene Zeiten" is not that good. Maybe it is the lack of interesting characters or the fact that everything just centers around the Dirk Benedict plot which isn't funny enough to cover for two hours. To sum it up: Yes, it is kind of boring sometimes. The characters are very weak (which is totally different in Thorwarth's other movies) and the story has nothing to offer but a simple plot which suffers from the lack of good ideas hidden behind some violence. I think it would be a good TV movie but it's not enough for the big screen. For fans it is still enjoyable and I liked Ludger Pistor's acting/character so it gets 6 of 10 from me. Sad that this movie might not win a lot of new fans.

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Author: The_Good_Soldier from Germany
14 January 2006

I was at the premiere of "Goldene Zeiten" in Unna/Germany today. The director Peter Thorwarth has some kind of fan base in this city, because some movies (at least "Bang, Boom, Bang" and "Was nicht passt wird passend gemacht") of him play in Unna. "Goldene Zeiten" also plays in Unna.

Nevertheless the audience of this comedy was very quiet. There were only a few good laughs. A lot of scenes that were presumably meant to be funny didn't really work even for this propitious audience.

The characters of this movie were all pictured rather one-dimensional and I didn't really feel for any of them. With 130 minutes runtime this movie was at least 30 minutes too long and I was kind of bored at the end.

The two previous efforts of Peter Thorwarth ("Bang, Boom, Bang" and "Was nicht passt wird passend gemacht") were much more enjoyable for me. So I recommend to rather watch these and to skip "Goldene Zeiten".

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0 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

professional amateur movie

Author: ian-ternik from Germany
5 August 2006

Peter did with BANG BOOM BANG a very good and very funny movie - maybe the best German comedy in a new-style ever. But in his second movie you can see, that there is no substance in his art and talent. Maybe it is the same problem of Thomas Jahn, the director of Knocking On Heavens Door - no ideas and no talent for really good scripts. The look and the coolness of the business is more interesting then a good script and really good ideas.

And there is also for Peter as for Thomas nothing more as a filmmaker then their very funny first movies.

It is a typical situation for the German movies. One or two movies are really good, the rest is nothing but nonsenses and overacting as a movie-maker. Peter seems to be a wanna-be (and who watched his audio-commentary to Bang Boom Bang knows the he is a notorious wanna-be). The typical amateur-movie-setting (the all-time-local-hero feeling in his movies) makes him a good director for his town and friends. But for a good movie it needs more the then privacy of a local-hero.

So it is a professional amateur-movie.

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6 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

No structure

Author: GMTMaster from London, England
1 February 2006

Peter's script doesn't know what it wants the be: a comedy, a drama, a mix between. The central character is not very likable, we dot care for his problems. And then again, the whole "Charity Golf Turnament" set up is so weak. The entire story lacks structure. It doesn't sparkle any interest. Peter tried obviously hard, actors are as usual all great, so is the cinematography, but when hardly anyone laughs at the Berlin premiere, which I attended, then you have a major problem at hands. The audience doesn't care, nor did the original distributer "Senator Film" who also happens to be a co-producer of the film. They didn't believe in the film so they put it on the market and newcomer 3L picked the film up. Terribly first weeks numbers; only some 27.000 people went to see the film on the weekend. Next time more luck Peter.

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