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A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is.

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Professor Leo Bressler
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Storyline

A biochemist and his dishy wife arrive in Berlin for a conference at which a scientist and his controversial Arab funder will announce breakthrough research. While his wife checks into the hotel, he grabs a cab to return to the airport for his briefcase, left at the curb. En route, an auto accident puts him in a coma, from which he awakes four days later without identification and with gaps in his memory. He goes to the hotel: his wife refuses to recognize him and another man has claimed his identity. With help from a nurse, the cab driver, a retired Stasi agent, and an academic friend, he tries to unravel what's going on. Is the answer in the briefcase? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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hotel | coma | airport | briefcase | luggage | See more »

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Take back your life.


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Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sexual content | See all certifications »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,356,345 (UK) (4 March 2011)

Gross:

£6,432,496 (UK) (15 April 2011)
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Trivia

The plant developed by Professor Leo Bressler is called Zea saccharum. See more »

Goofs

When Dr Harris is looking at the Canadian passports, the given name is in the surname spot and their surnames are located in the given name spot. See more »

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[first lines]
Pilot's Voice: Ladies and gentlemen, we're beginning our descent into Berlin Tegel, where local time is 8:30 AM, and the temperature is a cool minus four degrees.
Dr. Martin Harris: Morning.
Elizabeth Harris: Did you sleep?
Dr. Martin Harris: No. I'll sleep at the hotel.
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The opening credits are shown as clouds being viewed from an airplane blow past... not so crazy, except that it actually makes one of the credits unreadable. See more »

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References The A-Team (2010) See more »

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Streets of Istanbul
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Performed by Kevin W. Buchholz (as Buchholz) & Jessie Shapiro (as Shapiro)
Written by Kevin W. Buchholz (ASCAP) & Jessie Shapiro (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Acumen Audio & Cutting Edge Music
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Not a bad action/drama - a good time at the movies
18 February 2011 | by (Champaign, IL) – See all my reviews

It's one thing to be told not to think too hard about what you're about to see, it's another to be helped enormously in that task by a skilled director employing equally skilled actors. All the principals here are in top notch form and, though I enjoy trying to measure how much license was taken by a screenplay, this film never once made me feel cheated or resentful.

Is it a brilliant film? Probably not, but it's devilishly entertaining. The action scenes here are matched by the quiet drama scenes and that's unusual. I don't really think either sex can really claim it entirely.

The director's done a very good job of creating the right mood and telling the story in such a way that the actors can do their work, unimpeded by unrealistic run ups to their scenes. This movie made me feel as if I've just visited Berlin much more effectively than any other European based movie I can think of and that alone is worth the price of admission.


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