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Der Eisbär (1998)

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)

Writer:

Granz Henman
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Cast

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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Storyline

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 »

Also Known As:

A jegesmedve See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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The license plate of the silver Alfa Romeo driven by the cops. See more »

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Pulp Fiction on steroids...
22 March 2004 | by cschumannSee all my reviews

"Der Eisbar" is by far the greatest surprise in german postwar film production. Directed by the emerging Mr. Till Schweiger, who usually plays the protagonist in many european movies (like the upcoming Star Trek, Star Wars bashing satire from Bulli Herbig after Manitou´s Shoe) Imagine Brad Pitt doing a great road track movie... This work feels like "PULP FICTION" on steroids- Cramped with german TV and movie stars this movie blows a heavy punch. It has everything from satire, jokes below the belt -absolutely political incorrect, fast cut scenes, a furious and hilarious plot (the killing of the "Minister of Health" -the mafia mob boss). Anybody outside Germany will have dramatic problems understanding those jokes due to the appearance of well known german faces (like the american diner boss -the star comedian Tom Gerhardt and the country song idol Peter Maffay). Even if you are not acquainted with the star parade, the story is wonderfully told. The whole thing resembles a half breed- Altmans "Short Cuts" and Quentins "Pulp Fiction" We wish there would be a chance for a second or a third Eisbär Movie...


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