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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 ... 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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie that the three guys are watching is Jackie Chan's _Zui quan (1978)_ (Drunken Master). 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 »

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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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Cocomoon
Written by Daniel Puente Encina and Alex Menck
Performed by Niños con Bombas
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multi-cultural love crime and friendship story
15 November 2001 | by f_baerssonSee all my reviews

the movie is about a turkish guy who gets out of prison and sees himself tangled up in the same situations that he lived before, with his best friends stealing and dealing, only this time he himself has changed and has a very differentiated view of the daily crime and violence.

the story unfolds with an interesting plot always centering the 3 friends in their daily life and how suddenly their live changes quickly when things go more wrong than they ever did before.

a great job by the director. the pictures are beautiful at the same time very authentic. the story always feels real even though it has a lot of extreme situations in it. the characters move as they are depicted closely and without unnecessary sentiments.

overall an extremly entertaining movie that brings us close foreign cultures from right around the corner.


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