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Falco - Helden von heute (1984)

A cheerful music film with the Austrian pop star Johann Hölzel (better known as Falco), in which he travels around the world.


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Cast overview:
Falco (as Johann Hoelzel)
Brigitta Cimarolli ...
Falco's Girlfriend
Cordula Reyer ...
Girl in the Brillantin Brutal segment
Robert Ponger ...
Marcus Thill ...
Henry Thomas
Johann Heidinger


Falco dreams of driving a convertible and performing in front of a jubilant audience. But then he wakes up in a prison cell in Chicago, United States. He breaks out and witnesses a turf war between a black gang and a white gang. After that, Falco visits his girlfriend. They go to a movie theater and watch a black-and-white romance film, that shows Falco as the leading actor. Afterwards Falco rambles about the city. He sees a strip club and decides to enter. There he meets several semi-nude female dancers. Falco rams against the wall. He winds up in the recording studio of his producer Robert Ponger. Change of scene: An aircraft cemetery in the near of Tucson, Arizona. Suddenly Falco appears. He is singing and dancing. The camera films the aircraft wrecks. A mechanic (also played by Falco) takes a rest, he looks out of the window and sees Falco. Then the mechanic plays with the one-armed bandit at his workshop. At the end, he had the right combination (three sailing ships). Change of ... Written by K. Ludewig

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20 October 1984 (Austria)  »

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ATS 2,800,000 (estimated)
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A special decoration for the "Nur mit dir" video was delivered by airplane from Italy. See more »


References Casablanca (1942) See more »


Tut-Ench-Amon (Tutankhamen)
Written by Falco and Robert Ponger
Performed by Falco
Courtesy of Gig Records (Austria)
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Heroes of Today
30 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

The first and only musical film with Falco, the most famous Austrian musician after Mozart. "Helden von heute" (translated: "Heroes of Today") is a film that is worth watching mainly because of its music. A storyline is cognizable at the beginning, but it ends after the song "Ihre Tochter", what is rather a pity. The video for "Hoch wie nie" was shot amid amazing scenery, at an aircraft cemetery near Tucson, Arizona. The songs are in a wide range of genres, from new wave, to electropop, to funk, to schlager... All songs are contained in the album "Junge Roemer", except the title song, which was released on the previous album "Einzelhaft". The album "Junge Roemer" was successful in Austria, but not abroad. Today, the album is considered as underrated, quite a lot of people say, that Falco was ahead of his time back then. One should also mention his producer Robert Ponger. There was a division of work between them: Falco wrote all lyrics, Ponger wrote all music. Later, Falco switched to the Bolland brothers, because of dissension between him and Ponger. The Bollands produced his greatest hit "Rock Me Amadeus".


"Helden von heute" - a hymn to the new wave movement

"Brillantin' Brutal'" - a kinda jazzy song and a tribute to the film "Casablanca" with Humphrey Bogart

"Ihre Tochter" - cool sound effects! Robert Ponger did a very good job here :-)

"Junge Roemer" - a poetic and danceable song in three languages (German, English, Italian), probably dedicated to the new romantic movement

But honestly, almost all songs are highlights.

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