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Dangerous Dowry (1996)

Nur aus Liebe (original title)
Ella is just an ordinary cab-driver in Berlin, Germany. One day she meets Aleksej, a young Russian guy, who offers her DM 100.000 should she decide to marry him formally. Ella first delays ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Katja Riemann ... Ella
Hannes Jaenicke ... Aleksej
Heinz Hoenig ... Jewgenij
Daniela Amavia ... Carmen (as Daniela Lunkewitz)
Guido Foehrweisser ... Mischa (as Guido Föhrweißer)
Werner Daehn ... Wanja
Christoph M. Ohrt ... Andi
Ingo Naujoks ... Pendel
Walter Spiske Walter Spiske ... Rentner
Thorsten Nindel Thorsten Nindel ... Benny
Wolfgang Wirth Wolfgang Wirth ... LKW Fahrer
Hajo Förster Hajo Förster ... Beifahrer
Christian Blietz Christian Blietz ... Taxiräuber
Aleksej Jovanoski Aleksej Jovanoski ... Street Kid
Ahmad Mohammad Ahmad Mohammad ... Iraker
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Ella is just an ordinary cab-driver in Berlin, Germany. One day she meets Aleksej, a young Russian guy, who offers her DM 100.000 should she decide to marry him formally. Ella first delays answering, but when she finally decides to do it, it is too late. What Ella doesn't know is that Aleksej has stolen the Deutschmarks from his brother Jewjenij, crown-prince of the Moscow Mafia. And Jewgenij is no one who accepts loosing something... Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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A Great German Action Movie even When You See for the Second Time
19 January 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Russia, three Russian assassins break in a laboratory and steel a load of Cesium. In Berlin, the cab-driver Ella (Katja Riemann) is robbed by a criminal but a mysterious man hits the guy and gives her money back. Ella offers a ride to him to thank what he did for her and she learns that he is the Russian Aleksej (Hannes Jaenicke). Ella shares a flat with her disloyal friend Carmen (Daniela Lunkewitz) and has debts because she bought joiner tools and machines for her.

On the next morning, she decides to drive to Aleksej's hotel and take him in sightseeing to make money. Then they decide to have dinner and Aleksej proposes to marry her. In return, he would give one hundred thousand Deutschmarks in order to stay in Germany. Ella promises to give her answer on the next day.

Soon the three Russian killers come to Germany to negotiate the Cesium with the Iraqis and their leader Jewgenij (Heinz Hoenig) is the older brother of Aleksej and a powerful lord of the Russian Mafia. Aleksej has planned to steal the money from his brother. Without knowing Aleksej's intentions, Ella is involved in the dangerous situation and chased by Jewgenij and his two men.

"Nur aus Liebe" is a great German action movie even when you see it for the second time. I saw this movie on 18 January 2001 for the first time on VHS and today I have decided to see it again for reassessment. The plot is entertaining, with great performances, and the only problem is that the VHS is dubbed in English. Katja Riemann and Hannes Jaenicke show excellent chemistry and the conclusion is funny with the decision of the couple running away to Rio. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Fuga Perigosa" ("Dangerous Escape")

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18 April 1996 (USA) See more »

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