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Go Trabi Go (1991)

Family Struutz lives in Bitterfeld (GDR). After the fall of the wall, they take the opportunity to go on holiday with their car, an old Trabant. They simply want to visit Italy. But there ... See full summary »


Peter Timm


Reinhard Klooss (screenplay), Peter Timm (screenplay)
2 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wolfgang Stumph Wolfgang Stumph ... Udo Struutz
Claudia Schmutzler Claudia Schmutzler ... Jacqueline Struutz
Marie Gruber Marie Gruber ... Rita Struutz
Dieter Hildebrandt Dieter Hildebrandt ... Kfz-Meister
Ottfried Fischer Ottfried Fischer ... Bernd Amberger
Diether Krebs Diether Krebs ... Fernfahrer
Konstantin Wecker Konstantin Wecker ... Playboy
Billie Zöckler Billie Zöckler ... Gerda Amberger (as Billy Zöckler)
Barbara Valentin ... Frau Gamshuber
André Eisermann ... Alfons Amberger
Monika Baumgartner Monika Baumgartner ... Verkäuferin
Rolando Belli Rolando Belli
Lisa Bernardini Lisa Bernardini
Alfons Biber Alfons Biber
Astrid Boner Astrid Boner


Family Struutz lives in Bitterfeld (GDR). After the fall of the wall, they take the opportunity to go on holiday with their car, an old Trabant. They simply want to visit Italy. But there are some incidents during their journey. Written by Ralph Schaefer <ralph@cs.uni-sb.de>

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17 January 1991 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Quella Trabant venuta dall'Est See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


When André Eisermann was cast for the film (it was his first film role ever), director Peter Timm advised him to avoid sunlight, so he would look as pale as possible for his role as a computer geek. When Eisermann went to a holiday trip to Majorca before filming, he spent most of his time there reading in his hotel room. See more »


Followed by Das war der wilde Osten (1992) See more »


Trabi Goes to Napoli
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A rich and hilarious document of the times
13 February 2006 | by KWiNKSee all my reviews

This is not necessarily the best movie ever made, but it is a very precise look at a weird moment in history. Mankind had been sliced in half for more than 40 years by the Cold War. Suddenly it is all over and some people suddenly feel they have a lot of catching up to do.

I enjoy watching this movie with my friends from East-Germany as they always laugh at the Struutz-family's impossible misadventures, because it reminds them of their first contacts with the west. Like cheeky Jacqueline always getting the upper hand in all her encounters with respect-less and unsuspecting boys from the west. Or Udo Struutz marveling at the beauty of a West-German public toilet. Or Rita Struutz's attempts at communicating with an Italian police officer. And of course the unforgettable Diether Krebs serving up a never ending assortment of "Trabbi"-jokes as a manic, arrogant West-German trucker. These moments reflect upon many "Ossis'" (East-Germans) experiences when they first visited the west after the wall had fallen.

If you look for a document of the times, this is probably the most truthful you will find, although some scenes are pure satiric overstatement and Jacqueline makes an absolutely unnecessary escape from her family at one point just to come up with an unconvincing song, possibly directed at starting a singing career for Claudia Schmutzler, which luckily never really took off.

Stay away if you want to learn German, however! The Struutzes speak in a very, very broad Saxon dialect which sounds very different from "clean" German.

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