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Short Sharp Shock (1998)

Kurz und schmerzlos (original title)
Three friends get caught in a life of major crime.

Director:

Fatih Akin

Writer:

Fatih Akin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mehmet Kurtulus ... Gabriel
Aleksandar Jovanovic ... Bobby
Adam Bousdoukos ... Costa
Regula Grauwiller Regula Grauwiller ... Alice
Idil Üner Idil Üner ... Ceyda
Ralph Herforth ... Muhamer
Oscar Ortega Sánchez Oscar Ortega Sánchez ... Waffenhändler
Marc Hosemann ... Sven
Cem Akin Cem Akin ... Gabriels Bruder
Sükriye Dönmez Sükriye Dönmez ... Seine Braut
Mustafa Enver Akin Mustafa Enver Akin ... Gabriels Vater
Hadiye Akin Hadiye Akin ... Gabriels Mutter
Fatih Akin ... Nejo
Nezâ Selbuz ... Tänzerin auf Hochzeit
Monique Akin Monique Akin ... Junge Frau im Reisebüro (as Monique Obermüller)
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Storyline

Hamburg, Germany. The small crime scene. Three friends: Gabriel from Turkey and just out of prison, Costa from Greece and together with Gabriel's sister, Bobby from Serbia and together with her best friend. Bobby wants to get more into organized crime and decides to apply for a membership in an Albanian gang. As a test, he has to beat up someone who owes his future boss. He can join. Later, when Bobby has to do a weapon's deal on his own, he tries to get his friends in, too. But Gabriel does not want to go back into crime, he is dreaming of a life at the southern Turkish coast, owning a boat rental shop. Costa, always out of money, joins Bobby for one last time before getting good. But before the deal is on, both women start leaving their men for others. And when the deal is on, it goes terribly wrong. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Germany

Release Date:

15 October 1998 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Altona, Hamburg, Germany

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fatih Akin: the drug dealer Nejo. See more »

Goofs

As the camera tracks in to Bobby and Muhamer, the camera and its tracks are reflected on the front door of the car. See more »

Connections

References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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Written by Daniel Puente Encina
Performed by Niños con Bombas
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young men don't adapt to just anything!
1 April 2005 | by Juha VartoSee all my reviews

Faith Akin's best movie so far, better than Berlin-Winner Against the Wall. The story is really romantic: three guys with different ethnic roots are best friends and bestow meaning to each other's lives. They are very physical, they kiss and hug their friends and relatives, they live fast and they fight like primates. They have their dreams, their loves and most of all they are ridden by their idea of honor. This honor is very Mediterranean: it is flexible and spares one's ideals even if the deeds one must go through would ruin them. The guys love each other, fiercely, as if they were one person in three bodies. They also behave like one person: quarrels they have are presented as if being some inner wars of someone who is very sensitive and honest. This film, however, lacks all the syrupy sentimentalism we know from American equivalents. The guys are real flesh, their tears are salty and they don't feel sorry for themselves.


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