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Long Hello and Short Goodbye (1999)

When Ben is released from prison, undercover police agent Melody picks him up at the gate. Kahnitz, her sinister and ambitious boss, wants to see Ben convicted of another crime as soon as ... See full summary »


Rainer Kaufmann

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolette Krebitz ... Melody
Marc Hosemann ... Ben
Sunnyi Melles ... Aurelia
Axel Milberg ... Percy
Dietrich Hollinderbäumer ... Kahnitz
Martin Glade Martin Glade ... Dennis
Katja Riemann ... Ida
Hannelore Hoger Hannelore Hoger ... Therapeutin / Therapist
Stefan Kurt ... Arzt / Doctor
Albert Kitzl Albert Kitzl ... Dealer
Gustav-Peter Wöhler ... Verkäufer / Salesman
Michael Benthin Michael Benthin ... Rezeptionist
Eva Kryll Eva Kryll ... Sachbearbeiterin / Case Worker
Jimmy Yassa-Campos Jimmy Yassa-Campos ... Tresenmann / Barkeeper
Atto Suttarp Atto Suttarp ... Pizzamann / Pizza Man


When Ben is released from prison, undercover police agent Melody picks him up at the gate. Kahnitz, her sinister and ambitious boss, wants to see Ben convicted of another crime as soon as possible. Since Ben seems to show only mild interest both in Melody and in safe-busting she has to come up with a plan. Alas, the talkative cop has developed quite a liking for the taciturn gangster. Written by Armin Ortmann <armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de>

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Release Date:

15 July 1999 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Дълга среща, кратко сбогуване See more »


Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Long Hello and Short Goodbye script featured a complex and challenging structure that jumped back-and-forth in time. Shortly before its release, an increasingly nervous Studio Hamburg hastily re-edited the picture into a mostly linear narrative. Although the film received a positive review in Daily Variety that called it "impressive, sexy filmmaking, with offshore distribution a possibility and exposure at broad-minded fests, where genre fans should lap it up, strongly signaled," the reviews were mixed, with some calling it a German masterpiece and other critics openly hostile. The cast, director, producers and writers still hope for a director's cut someday to restore the original picture. See more »


Referenced in Cowgirl (2004) See more »


(A. Badale/P. Rilly/M. Perreault)
Performed by Jean-Jacques Perrey
Published by Edwin H. Morris & Colne
SVL: Chappell & Co. GmbH, Hamburg
Owned by Vanguard Records, a Werk Music Group Company
Licensed courtesy of Werk Music Group
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Bonnie and Clyde meets Pulp Fiction meets Rainer Kaufmann
30 December 2001 | by cranks3825See all my reviews

Interesting film that I think will stand the test of time, or at least be more appreciated as the years pass than it was on its initial release. Lots of flashy camera tricks to go along with the plot twists and killer conclusion. I just looked up the American version someone else mentioned and found out that Hilary Swank [Oscar-winner for "Boys Don't Cry"] is going to star. Wow! That should be something. But this film is well worth your time. Rainer Kaufmann is called the "German Brian DePalma." Now you can see why.

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