Tough Enough (2006)
"Knallhart" (original title)

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When Miriam splits up with her wealthy lover, she and her 15-year-old son Michael have to move from posh Zehlendorf to run-down Berlin-Neukölln. The boy finds friends in his new ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Polischka
Jenny Elvers-Elbertzhagen ...
Miriam Polischka
Erhan Emre ...
Oktay Özdemir ...
Erol (as Inanç Oktay Özdemir)
Kida Khodr Ramadan ...
Arnel Taci ...
Kai Michael Müller ...
Hans Löw ...
Kommissar Gerber
Jan Henrik Stahlberg ...
Dr. Klaus Peters
Amy Mußul ...
Georg Friedrich ...
Holger Hagenbeck
Henriette Müller ...
Fabian Krüger ...
Rainer der Künstler


When Miriam splits up with her wealthy lover, she and her 15-year-old son Michael have to move from posh Zehlendorf to run-down Berlin-Neukölln. The boy finds friends in his new neighborhood, but at school he is victimized and pressed for money by Errol and his gang. Handing over money from a burglary rather serves to encourage the bullies instead of warding them off, so Michael is desperately looking for a better solution. Written by Armin Ortmann {}

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When returning from their burglary at Klaus' mansion, Michael and his two new school friends can be seen sitting in a subway whose cars are openly connected so that you can walk the whole subway from one end to the other without passing a door (which is a newer model of "U-Bahn"-trains in Berlin). When the three boys leave the train at the station, the subway model suddenly has changed. The type of cars you can see from the outside then cannot be walked continuously from one end of the train to the other. Instead those (older) cars are separate units connected "one by one" externally - to get to another car you would have to leave through the side doors and enter the next car the same way. See more »


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Simple but strong
4 April 2007 | by (Maastricht, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

When a young mother and her 15 year old son have to move from the posh end of town to the run down end of town things aren't going to get better anytime soon. Used to living on the up-side getting used to the down-side is a little hard after all. With mom not being the absolute best role model available it is clear that the son can't be that either. And so the story rolls.

Knallhart, also known as Tough Enough, is thus a drama film and a fairly good one at that. The realism factor is very high and it is hard not to feel a certain amount of pity for the characters as they evolve through the film. Musical background is fitting for a modern film and feels right, acting isn't half bad. Overall an enjoyable watch, if a little depressing to see yet another one bite the dust.

8 out of 10 broken futures

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