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At the beginning of the movie, a man drives a vintage Mercedes saloon to a gangster boss ("Der Gesundheitsinspektor" - The Health Inspector, played by Heiner Lauterbach). The "Health ... See full synopsis »

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Til Schweiger, Granz Henman (co-director)

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Granz Henman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Til Schweiger ... Leo
Karina Krawczyk Karina Krawczyk ... Nico
Benno Fürmann ... Fabian
Florian Lukas ... Reza
Vladimir Weigl Vladimir Weigl ... Thomas
Jürgen Tarrach Jürgen Tarrach ... Manni
Thierry van Werveke Thierry van Werveke ... Norbert
Robert Viktor Minich Robert Viktor Minich ... Boris
Ralph Herforth ... Zivilpolizist
Ralf Richter Ralf Richter ... Zivilpolizist
Leonard Lansink ... Barkeeper Paul's Eck
Leander Haußmann ... Stephan
August Schmölzer August Schmölzer ... Heinz
Willi Thomczyk Willi Thomczyk ... Alfred
Christof Wackernagel Christof Wackernagel ... Fritz
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At the beginning of the movie, a man drives a vintage Mercedes saloon to a gangster boss ("Der Gesundheitsinspektor" - The Health Inspector, played by Heiner Lauterbach). The "Health Inspector" enters the car, and is irate about loads of hamburger wrappers all over the interior. Obviously, someone ate a lot of hamburgers inside his car. The Health Inspector asks the man who it was, but the man is unable to answer, since he is obvioulsy severely injured and in pain. The Health Inspector switches on the car radio, which sets off a pre-installed bomb and the car, including both occupants, is completely destroyed.

After this intitial scene, the actual plot commences, which took place the hours before the explosion and led to it.

Leo (Til Schweiger) works as a hitman under the code name "Eisbär" (polar bear). He has decades of experience in his job and is a total professional. He has the order to kill a night club owner (played by German singer/songwriter Peter Maffay) and disposes off the ...

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

12 November 1998 (Germany) See more »

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A jegesmedve See more »

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Belgium See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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The car in which Leo and Nico finally escape has a license plate saying "E-NA 98", which is although a valid German plate also a reference to the production company and the year of release of the movie. See more »

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A more mature Til Schweiger scores again
9 November 1999 | by GMeleJrSee all my reviews

DER EISBAER is the first movie German mega-star Til Schweiger directed, and starred in. Seen when it premiered in Germany in November of '98, I accompanied all the avant premiere buzz surrounding the film and Schweiger's career moves, and even attended one of the premieres Schweiger hosted at the new Potsdamer Platz Cinemaxx. This action drama with a relationship story lived up to all the hype, and exceeded my inflated expectations. If you are a Schweiger fan or a an action drama lover, don't miss DER EISBAER when it comes out on video or if it opens outside Europe. Schweiger has come a long way since DER BEWEGTE MANN ("Maybe, Maybe Not"), and in the process has single-handedly brought German cinema back to the masses after a half century of domination by the high brow author directors (Herzog, Fassbinder, Wenders) who made German cinema synonymous with boredom, and inaccessibility with the masses. Since 1994, Schweiger starrers have broken German Box Office Records consistently. Here, though this film did not break the Box Office Records of the others (including MAENNERPENSION and KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOORS), he shows us in more dimensions why he has been the phenomenon of popular German cinema this past decade, and probably beyond 2000. I give DER EISBAER 8 out 10 points.


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