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The Unfish (1997)

Der Unfisch (original title)
Sophie "inherits" her uncle's preserved whale and finds out that whoever sleeps in the whale's belly with her will be granted one wish. That causes chaos and hatred in the village.


Robert Dornhelm
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Schrader ... Sophie Moor
Eva Herzig Eva Herzig ... Maria Johler
Andreas Lust ... Carl
Georges Kern Georges Kern ... Herr Landauer
August Schmölzer August Schmölzer ... Bürgermeister
Karl Merkatz Karl Merkatz ... Herr Johler
Bibiane Zeller Bibiane Zeller ... Frau Johler
Rudolf Wessely ... Pfarrer
Manuel Löffler Manuel Löffler ... Wenzel
Erwin Leder ... Gendarm Hermann
Hannes Fretzer Hannes Fretzer ... Gendarm Anton (as Johannes Fretzer)
Rainer Egger Rainer Egger ... Sekretär
Heinrich Schweiger Heinrich Schweiger ... Herr Fink
Gabriela Schmoll Gabriela Schmoll ... Frau Fink
Johannes Zeiler ... Basil


A huge stuffed whale, part of a traveling show, arrives on a truck in a little Austrian village. Calamitously, its owner, Ricardo, dies. The orphaned object, temporarily parked in town, provokes a chain of events by turns homely, fantastical, sensual, and comic. Written by Eileen Berdon <eberdon@aol.com>

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

26 February 1998 (Germany) See more »

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Production Co:

Terra Film Produktion See more »
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Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Funny with the beautiful Maria Schrader
4 October 2004 | by dvdfileSee all my reviews

A highly entertaining, yet intelligent, film about the demarcations between need, desire, greed and envy. Magic and miracles happen when the lady who inherits the big whale sleeps with someone in that fully furnished and lighted, dead animal, the guy gets a wish of his fulfilled. One by one, everyone falls for Maria Shrader's charms and their own greed, as the whale becomes a brothel.

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