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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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Lemon
28 March 2004 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

Quentin Tarantino is a talented director who occasionally acts, although it's clearly not his forte. Till Schweiger on the other hand is a, well, decent and very popular German actor who, for this movie, pretended to also be a director. Unfortunately, the whole shtick didn't work out as well as hoped, and "Der Eisbär" turns out to be a glossy but ultimately pointless, and occasionally annoying, flick. It comes laden with Schweiger's actor buddies and is well filmed and "easy on the eye" (nice camerawork, good locations, coherent costumes, etc.), but the story is paper thin and has been done a hundred times before, and better. What really turned me off was the fact that Schweiger seems to think that simply having him on the screen for extended periods would make great cinema, and that copying Tarantino's style with a large brush would make him a great director, as if Tarantino's work was unseen of in this country. The movie is practically Schweiger's cinematic ego trip, and I did not find it was worth watching.


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