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Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Comedy | 20 February 1997 (Germany)
Two terminally ill patients escape from a hospital, steal a car and rush towards the sea.

Director:

Thomas Jahn

Writers:

Thomas Jahn (story), Thomas Jahn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Til Schweiger ... Martin Brest
Jan Josef Liefers ... Rudi Wurlitzer
Thierry van Werveke Thierry van Werveke ... Henk - der Belgier
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Abdul - der Araber
Huub Stapel ... Frankie 'Boy' Beluga
Leonard Lansink ... Kommissar Schneider
Ralph Herforth ... Assistent Keller
Cornelia Froboess ... Frau Brest - Martins Mutter
Rutger Hauer ... Curtiz
Willi Thomczyk Willi Thomczyk ... Autoverkäufer (as Willy Thomczyk)
Christiane Paul ... Verkäuferin Boutique
Hannes Jaenicke ... Motorrad-Polizist
Vladimir Weigl Vladimir Weigl ... Harald Rohwitz
Jenny Elvers Jenny Elvers ... Schwester Labor A
Corinna Harfouch ... Schwester Labor B
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Storyline

Two young men, Martin and Rudi, both suffering from terminal cancer, get to know each other in a hospital room. They drown their desperation in Tequila and decide to take one last trip to the sea. Drunk and still in pajamas they steal the first fancy car they find, a 60's Mercedes convertible. The car happens to belong to a bunch of gangsters, which immediately start to chase it, since it contains more than the pistol Martin finds in the glove box. Written by Armin Ortmann <armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de>

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Taglines:

Ein schnelles Auto, 1 Million Mark im Kofferraum und nur noch eine Woche zu leben

Genres:

Action | Crime | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

20 February 1997 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A mennyország kapujában See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM4,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,731, 22 August 1999

Gross USA:

$5,710

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,710
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Was the most successful German movie of 1997 with 3,585,422 visitors. See more »

Goofs

When the two leads drive towards the Netherlands, they (and the police cars in pursuit) are photographed by a traffic cam. However, when this happens the camera's flashlight is not used. In reality, the flashlight is always used. See more »

Quotes

Martin Brest: Im Himmel, da reden die über nichts anderes, als über das Meer. Und darüber, wie wunder-wunderschön es ist. Sie reden über den Sonnenuntergang, den sie gesehen haben, sie reden darüber, wie die Sonne blutrot wurde, bevor sie ins Meer eintauchte und sie reden darüber, wie sie spüren konnten, wie die Sonne ihre Kraft verlor und die Kühle vom Meer heraufzog und das Feuer nur noch in ihrem Innern glühte.
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Crazy Credits

There is a short film sequence after the credits. It shows Bernd Eichinger being searched by a Policemen. He carries some of the money that was sent to different people by mail in the film. See more »

Connections

References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Tequila Love
By Franz Plasa & Selig
Performed by Digital Elvis & Zero
Produced by Franz Plasa
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chef-d'œuvre of life
6 August 2006 | by juliukzSee all my reviews

European movies do have this feature: they combine drama and comedy and make you smile because it is too sad to cry.

Moreover, this particular film has a perfectly selected crew and the screenplay is flawless.

To have a dream. This masterpiece is all about it.

Two men, trapped by cancer unconsciously recognizing the sea as the symbol of freedom and eternity are making their last 500 km to the Baltic Sea.

Acting at its best the crew is offering us this warm feeling of sad happiness while singing Guns&Roses "Knock, knock, knockin' on the heaven's doors" and understanding, that such moments do make life.


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