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Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Comedy | 20 February 1997 (Germany)
Two terminally ill patients escape from a hospital, steal a car and rush towards the sea.

Director:

Thomas Jahn

Writers:

Thomas Jahn (story), Thomas Jahn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Til Schweiger ... Martin Brest
Jan Josef Liefers ... Rudi Wurlitzer
Thierry van Werveke Thierry van Werveke ... Henk - der Belgier
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Abdul - der Araber
Huub Stapel ... Frankie 'Boy' Beluga
Leonard Lansink ... Kommissar Schneider
Ralph Herforth ... Assistent Keller
Cornelia Froboess ... Frau Brest - Martins Mutter
Rutger Hauer ... Curtiz
Willi Thomczyk ... Autoverkäufer (as Willy Thomczyk)
Christiane Paul ... Verkäuferin Boutique
Hannes Jaenicke ... Motorrad-Polizist
Vladimir Weigl Vladimir Weigl ... Harald Rohwitz
Jenny Elvers Jenny Elvers ... Schwester Labor A
Corinna Harfouch ... Schwester Labor B
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Storyline

Two young men, Martin Brest (Til Schweiger) and Rudi Wurlitzer (Jan Josef Liefers), both suffering from terminal cancer, get to know each other in a hospital room. They drown their desperation in tequila and decide to take one last trip to the sea. Drunk, and still in pajamas, they steal the first fancy car they find, a 1960s Mercedes convertible. The car happens to belong to a bunch of gangsters, who immediately start to chase it, since it contains more than the pistol Martin finds in the glove box. Written by Armin Ortmann <armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de>

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Ein schnelles Auto, 1 Million Mark im Kofferraum und nur noch eine Woche zu leben

Genres:

Action | Crime | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Was the most successful German movie of 1997 with three million five hundred eighty-five thousand four hundred twenty-two tickets sold. See more »

Goofs

When Martin and Rudi rob the gas station and the policeman approaches Martin, the policeman's head is turned right when shown from behind, but turned left when shown from Martin's point of view. See more »

Quotes

Patient im Fahrstuhl: [waking up] What happened? Am I in Heaven?
Henk - der Belgier: Sure. I am Sweet God and this
[points to Abdul]
Henk - der Belgier: is Saint Peter.
Abdul - der Araber: Salam aleikum.
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Crazy Credits

There is a short film sequence after the credits. It shows Bernd Eichinger being searched by a Policemen. He carries some of the money that was sent to different people by mail in the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Inthierryview (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Selig
Produced by Franz Plasa
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11 February 2017 | by tnkinner-79140See all my reviews

I really love this movie. This is sad, funny and surprising in one. The only good German movie after that was the live of the others (2008) and now there are just bad RomComs or TV-Dramas... This is very sad because Til Schweiger shows in this movie that he is able to performe a good character. Jan Josef Liefers is a actor who can be awesome if he want. In this movie he show it, in the movies after this not any more... One of the best things in this movie is that it never become ridiculous and don't get to sadly. At least I want say that the age of the good German movies is definitely over, and I find that really sadly because with that movies the Germans had shown that they have the chance to do good Movies. So all in all is this in my opinion the best movie since the tin drum.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

20 February 1997 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Knockin' on Heaven's Door See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM4,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,731, 22 August 1999

Gross USA:

$5,710

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,710
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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