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Run Lola Run (1998)

Lola rennt (original title)
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After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.

Director:

Tom Tykwer

Writer:

Tom Tykwer (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 28 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Franka Potente ... Lola
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Manni
Herbert Knaup ... Vater
Nina Petri ... Frau Hansen
Armin Rohde ... Herr Schuster
Joachim Król ... Norbert von Au
Ludger Pistor ... Herr Meier
Suzanne von Borsody ... Frau Jäger
Sebastian Schipper ... Mike
Julia Lindig Julia Lindig ... Doris
Lars Rudolph ... Herr Kruse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heino Ferch ... Ronnie
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Storyline

Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manni. He lost 100,000 DM in a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy. Lola has 20 min to raise this amount and meet Manni. Otherwise, he will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may happen depending on some minor event along Lola's run. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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(English translation: Every second of every day you're faced with a decision that can change your life.) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The written quotation at the start of the film - "We shall not cease from exploration, And the end of all our exploring, Will be to arrive where we started, And know the place for the first time" - is from T.S. Eliot's poem 'Little Gidding'. The quotation underscores the importance of the value of the journey in understanding the self- a theme central to the film. See more »

Goofs

While supposedly the film takes place within 20 minutes of noon hour, the shadows outside the casino are far too long for the hour. See more »

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[subtitled version]
Narrator: Man... probably the most mysterious species on our planet. A mystery of unanswered questions. Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? How do we know what we think we know? Why do we believe anything at all? Countless questions in search of an answer... an answer that will give rise to a new question... and the next answer will give rise to the next question and so on. But, in the end, isn't it always the same question? And always the same answer?
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, a giant, red ENDE (German for end) crawls across the background, taking several minutes to pass. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD version has different English subtitles than showings on pay-cable stations. Most notably, the opening credits are not translated to english on the DVD version, and small phrases are not translated, such as when Lola goes through everyone she knows, trying to get the money. Only "Dad" is translated. See more »

Connections

References Trainspotting (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Somebody Has to Pay
Performed by Bobo and The London Session Orchestra
Contains a cello sample of "Black Hole Sun"
Performed, arranged and produced by Susie van der Meer and Ben Lauber
Lyrics by Susie van der Meer
Music by Susie van der Meer
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See Lola run
13 July 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Tom Tykwer's clever "Run Lola Run" showed up on cable the other day. We had seen it when it first came out, and frankly, watching it for a second time, it seemed even better than the last time. Mr Tykwer made an excellent impression with this film, which introduced us to this talented director. Having seen "Heaven", and "True", "Lola rennt" is by far a superior effort from Mr. Tykwer.

The premise of the film is a clever one. Lola, in twenty minutes, must solve the mystery in which she is drawn into. At each of this situations, Lola shows great resources about how to help her petty criminal boyfriend, who has lost 100,000 DM, and now must account for the missing money.

Franka Potente is the main reason why this movie works the way it does. She is almost like the cartoon character one sees in the opening credits. Lola, is larger than life, and shows she can do anything she wants because of her resolve. Ms. Potente brings freshness to the role and she totally captivates the viewer in her no-nonsense approach to life, in general. The supporting cast does good work under Mr. Tykwer's direction.

It's a puzzle why Hollywood hasn't made an attempt to remake this film, since the Americans are obsessed with redoing material like "Run Lola Run". Let's hope they don't try!


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English | Japanese

Release Date:

18 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Mitte, Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$123,643, 20 June 1999

Gross USA:

$7,267,585

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,267,585
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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