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Gigantic (1999)

Absolute Giganten (original title)
Three friends from Hamburg spend one last night on the town before one of them leaves the city forever.

Director:

Sebastian Schipper
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Giering ... Floyd
Florian Lukas ... Ricco
Antoine Monot Jr. ... Walter
Julia Hummer Julia Hummer ... Telsa
Jochen Nickel ... Snake
Albert Kitzl Albert Kitzl ... Elvis
Guido A. Schick Guido A. Schick ... Dulle
Silvana Bosi Silvana Bosi ... Walters Oma
Marcnesium Marcnesium ... Typ mit Rastalocken
Johannes Silberschneider ... Hans
Barbara de Koy Barbara de Koy ... Irmgard
Gustav-Peter Wöhler ... Horst
Michael Sideris Michael Sideris ... Dieter (as Mischa Sideris)
Hannes Hellmann Hannes Hellmann ... Klaus
Peter Franke ... Meister
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Storyline

In the port town of Hamburg, Germany, Floyd decides that he's shipping out to South Africa and Singapore now that his two-year probation for an unspecified juvenile offense has been completed. When he shares the news with his devoted friends Chubby, a mechanic, and Ricco, a fast-food cook and would-be b-boy, they can't comprehend their thoughtful friend's willingness to trade camaraderie for a wider view of the world. Overcoming their anger and bewilderment, the guys decide to spend one last night with Floyd, but the problem, as always, is how to find some fun. A succession of fast-food restaurants, parking garages, and local watering holes chronicles the inherent boredom of life in the provinces. But a run-in with a convention of dragster-racing Elvis impersonators sends the boys and their friend Telsa Julia Hummer on a series of adventures that veers from the farcical to the almost-tragic. Written by Anonymous

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What did we do last night?

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Comedy | Drama

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[last lines]
Floyd: The first thing that I can remember is when I got a sparkler from my mother on New Year's Eve. The sky was full of rockets and fireworks that exploded and sparked. That was loud. But I wasn't afraid. I just held my sparkler up to the dark sky... and shook it like crazy. I shook it so hard, so incredibly hard, as hard as I could. And even harder. Until I couldn't any more and on and on. Senseless and harder and harder. And I was small. And so was the sparkler. But I was part of the ...
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Connections

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Soundtracks

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Written by Markus Acher, Michael Acher
Performed by The Notwist
Courtesy of Wintrup Musikverlag
Community Records
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a stunning debut by a young new german talent
28 January 1999 | by popjournoSee all my reviews

schipper has shown incredible diversity as a budding actor in many of tom tykwer's eclectic and nuanced german films. also had a minor, yet unforgettable, role in anthony minghella's 'the english patient', in the interrogation scene with willem dafoe. 'absolute giganten' marks his brave and confident debut, with superior directional and editing skills. definitely a new german director to keep a watch out for.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | Italian

Release Date:

30 September 1999 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Gigantic See more »

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Budget:

DEM2,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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