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Theo Against the Rest of the World (1980)

Theo gegen den Rest der Welt (original title)
Theo is having some bad luck. His barely paid-for truck has been stolen, and credit collectors are after him. The chase leads him across Europe.


Peter F. Bringmann


Matthias Seelig (screenplay)
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marius Müller-Westernhagen Marius Müller-Westernhagen ... Theo Gromberg
Guido Gagliardi Guido Gagliardi ... Enno Goldini
Claudia Demarmels Claudia Demarmels ... Ines Röggeli
Carlheinz Heitmann Carlheinz Heitmann ... Kredithai
Peter Berling ... Doppel-Dieter
Udo Weinberger Udo Weinberger ... Fernfahrer Helmut
Axel Schiessler Axel Schiessler ... Fernfahrer Siggi
Horst Bergmann Horst Bergmann ... Vater Camperfamilie
Ursula Strätz Ursula Strätz ... Mutter Camperfamilie
Anette Woll Anette Woll ... Tochter Camperfamilie (as Annette Woll)
Inigo Gallo Inigo Gallo ... Vater Ines
Trudi Roth Trudi Roth ... Mutter Ines
Oskar Hoby Oskar Hoby ... Onkel Robert
Elmar Brunner Elmar Brunner ... Rüdiger
Rolando Comandini Rolando Comandini ... Beppo


Theo is having some bad luck. His barely paid-for truck has been stolen, and credit collectors are after him. The chase leads him across Europe.

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Wo andere aufhören, fängt Theo erst an.


Comedy | Crime | Romance




West Germany



Release Date:

25 September 1980 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Contra Tudo eTodos See more »

Filming Locations:

Genoa, Liguria, Italy See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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„I'm Theo from Herne, maybe you've heard about me?"
11 January 2007 | by manuel-pestalozziSee all my reviews

This is a Quixotic tale and a road movie one really needs a heart to get into. Theo is a young truck driver from the German Ruhr industrial region, constantly out of his depth and with the social skills of a baboon - but for that of a strangely pure mind. He is totally fearless and hell bent on recovering a truck someone stole from him. So he travels south, accompanied by his Sancho Pansa, Italian partner Enno, and a young, very straight and good hearted Swiss woman they picked up on the way. His two companions are kept busy by helping him out of the scrapes he is constantly getting into.

The greatest scenes in the movie take place in a kind of a trailer park for truckers on the outskirts of Milan, Italy. There are some heavy guys around but tiny Theo struts around making demands as if he were the boss. A hooker (Alessandra May, who according to IMDb never made a movie again, in a touching performance) instantly falls in love with him and takes him to her trailer. A really tender scene ensues where the sentence in the title of this comment is heard. As the hooker does not understand one word of German, its meaning is totally lost on her. They come out of the trailer and the main heavy of the area steps over with good news. „I have a tender heart, he tells Theo with a thick Italian accent, and I have decided: a**holes have to live too." Then he asks the hooker if Theo has paid for her services. An awkward scene ensues, the girl gets slapped by the heavy and tiny Theo punches the heavy in his six pack stomach. As he already had wounded his hand in an earlier incident he cries out in pain and falls to the ground a whimpering bundle without the heavy having done anything after Theo's punch. It's as funny as it is sad.

The musical soundtrack of this movie is magnificent.

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