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Train Birds (1998)

Zugvögel - ... einmal nach Inari (original title)
Hannes is a beer-truck driver in Dortmund. His biggest dream is to win the first prize at the International Time-Table Contest in Inari (Finland). When his new boss cancels his extra ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Lichtefeld

Writers:

Peter Lichtefeld (idea), Peter Lichtefeld (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joachim Król ... Hannes Weber
Outi Mäenpää ... Sirpa Salonen
Peter Lohmeyer ... Kommissar Franck
Jochen Nickel ... Lothar
Antje Schmidt Antje Schmidt ... Die Kleine vom Supermarkt
Nina Petri ... Frau Kößner, Sekretärin
Charlie Hendricks Charlie Hendricks ... Kalle, Entlassener
Johannes Herrschmann Johannes Herrschmann ... Chef
Dagmar Sachse Dagmar Sachse ... Schachspielerin
Anna Posthoff Anna Posthoff ... Kind im Zug
Hilmi Sözer Hilmi Sözer ... Harry, Assistent
Oliver Marlo Oliver Marlo ... Lako, Schlafwagenschaffner
Peter Franke ... Karl-Heinz, Inari-Fan
Beatrix Albl Beatrix Albl ... Frau im Trenchcoat
Didi Jünemann Didi Jünemann ... Hein, Zugprüfer
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Storyline

Hannes is a beer-truck driver in Dortmund. His biggest dream is to win the first prize at the International Time-Table Contest in Inari (Finland). When his new boss cancels his extra holidays to go there, Hans goes mad... On his journey to Finland by train, followed by the police, he meets lot of folks and the love of his life. Written by Sascha Tubbesing <saschat@gmx.de>

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Comedy | Romance | Crime

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Country:

Germany | Finland

Language:

German | Finnish | English

Release Date:

9 July 1998 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Train Birds See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

In Helsinki, Sirpa puts water on her husband's computer keyboard. It's a German keyboard with umlauts (ä,ö,ü) instead of a Finnish one. See more »

Crazy Credits

Pauli Pentti's screen credit is preceeded by the following: "and for the first (and probably last) time on the screen" See more »

Connections

References Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Sä kuulut päivään jokaiseen
Performed by Eino Grön
Written by Reino Markkula (as Markkula) / Juha Vainio (as Vainio) / Esko Linnavalli (as Linnavalli)
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Weird story embedded in realist setting
17 February 2001 | by GaubSee all my reviews

I definitely enjoyed viewing this film at one of its first showings at Filmfest Hamburg back in 1998. I especially admire the almost documentary-like realism with which the long train trip from Germany to Kemijärvi, Finland is depicted (seems that the ferry company Silja line sponsored the film - after all, its ship gets a lot of footage). As to the story, it seemed rather weird to me despite the fact that my own attitude towards trains and timetables is not so far removed from that of the film's protagonist. And isn't it awkward that this "International contest of train timetable experts" takes place, of all, in Inari, which was never reached by any railway, forcing the participants to take a bus for the last stage of their journey?


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