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Abwärts (1984)

PG | | Thriller | 1 November 1985 (USA)
It's Friday evening. The lift repairman leaves the building and wants to finish his work on Monday. But he doesn't know there are four men in the building. They use the lift but stay in it ... See full summary »

Director:

Carl Schenkel

Writers:

Carl Schenkel (screenplay), Frank Göhre (additional dialogue)
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Complete credited cast:
Götz George ... Jörg
Renée Soutendijk ... Marion
Wolfgang Kieling ... Gössmann
Hannes Jaenicke ... Pit
Klaus Wennemann Klaus Wennemann ... Heinz
Ralf Richter Ralf Richter ... Otto (as Ralph Richter)
Jan Groth ... Security Guard
Kurt Raab ... Elevator Maintenance
Ekmekyemez Firdevs Ekmekyemez Firdevs ... Cleaning Lady
Luce Rains ... Detective (as Steven Hartley)
Hans Schwögler Hans Schwögler ... Undertaker
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It's Friday evening. The lift repairman leaves the building and wants to finish his work on Monday. But he doesn't know there are four men in the building. They use the lift but stay in it about 100 meters from the floor. They have little oxygen and must survive... Written by Jan Lipsansky <jan.lipsansky@czech-tv.cz>

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6.30PM - Friday evening in an empty office building. Three men and one woman, trapped and terrified, 25 floors up. Help will reach them Monday morning - if they live that long.

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Four people in a lift
3 February 2001 | by Mort-31See all my reviews

What sounds interesting in the first place, is the theme of the movie: Four people get stuck in a small lift. The question I asked immediately when I read this was: Can a movie that has only one setting be gripping and eventful? The answer is: Yes, it can! It only can. The movie is well directed and the lift is photographed from all views you can imagine. Still, all the directing ideas are used up now, there cannot be any new lift movie.

Unfortunately, in order to create a thriller full of action and suspense, they had to write a most unrealistic screenplay, full of coincidences and stupid twists. It's a pity, but obviously it shows that getting stuck in a lift is not suitable for filling a whole evening.


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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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