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The Princess and the Warrior (2000)

Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (original title)
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Young nurse Sissi lives a secluded life, seemingly entirely devoted to her patients at Birkenhof asylum. Her first encounter with ex-soldier and drifter Bodo has a lasting impact. He causes... See full summary »

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Tom Tykwer

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Tom Tykwer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franka Potente ... Sissi
Benno Fürmann ... Bodo
Joachim Król ... Walter
Lars Rudolph Lars Rudolph ... Steini
Melchior Derouet ... Otto (as Melchior Beslon)
Ludger Pistor ... Werner
Christa Fast Christa Fast ... Sigrun
Susanne Bredehöft Susanne Bredehöft ... Zewil
Gottfried Breitfuss Gottfried Breitfuss ... Paul (as Gottfried Breitfuß)
Steffen Scheumann Steffen Scheumann ... Bruno (as Steffen Schult)
Rolf Dennemann Rolf Dennemann ... Dieter
Ali Nejat-Nouei Ali Nejat-Nouei ... Ali
Sybille J. Schedwill ... Maria (as Sybille Jacqueline Schedwill)
Peter Ender Peter Ender ... Thomas
Friederike Frerichs Friederike Frerichs ... Corinna
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Storyline

Young nurse Sissi lives a secluded life, seemingly entirely devoted to her patients at Birkenhof asylum. Her first encounter with ex-soldier and drifter Bodo has a lasting impact. He causes an accident that results in her lying under a truck, unable to breathe. While he provides life-saving first aid, mesmerized Sissi begins to wonder whether he may be the man of her dreams. But when she tracks him down weeks later her affection is rejected, as Bodo is stuck somewhere between a traumatic past and a criminal future. Written by Armin Ortmann <armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de>

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Taglines:

Irgendwo da draußen wartet die Liebe

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing images, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

12 October 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Princess & the Warrior See more »

Filming Locations:

North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,426, 24 June 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$871,058, 25 November 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The literal translation of the German title is "The Warrior and the Empress". The name of the main female character, "Sissi", refers to the nickname of Elisabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary (1837-1898). There are several movies and television shows about the Empress Elisabeth, some with "Sissi' in the title. See more »

Goofs

The truck Bodo jumps on heads down the Kaiserstrasse in Wuppertal and seconds later hits Sissi coming from the opposite direction. The Kaiserstrasse is to small for a truck this size, to do a U-Turn so fast. See more »

Quotes

[Last Lines]
Bodo Riemer: Come on!
Bodo Riemer: So what do I do now?
Bodo Riemer: Bye.
Simone 'Sissi' Schmidt: What happened?
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Alternate Versions

A scene from the German version is missing in the U.S. one: Towards the end, instead of just leaving the "old Bodo" behind, we see him encountering a bus driven by Walter and then the two driving off together. See more »

Connections

References Three Colors: Red (1994) See more »

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Oremus
Composed by Urmas Sisask
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The Princess And The Warrior ***
23 February 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Having loved Tykwer's impressively energetic RUN, LOLA, RUN (1998), I was really looking forward to watching his follow-up feature but, somehow, I never managed it until now (I did get to watch his subsequent film, HEAVEN [2002]). Thankfully, it was worth the wait and the result is almost as good. While the film is long and often rambles on rather aimlessly, it is never boring and, at times, disarmingly inventive and emotional; the leading players, especially the enchanting Franka Potente, have a lot to do with the latter quality. THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR's main themes are matters of chance and fate but it also features an elaborate bank robbery and a long stretch of it takes place in an insane asylum (where Potente practices some unorthodox therapy on a couple of her patients) which is not too far removed from the one seen in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975).


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