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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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Details

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 German title "Der Krieger und die Kaiserin" translates as "The Warrior and the Empress", but Tykwer wanted the English title to be "The Princess and the Warrior" instead. 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

Simone 'Sissi' Schmidt: You have to decide.
Bodo Riemer: Decide?
Simone 'Sissi' Schmidt: I am going to leave. You can come with me.
Bodo Riemer: Why the two of us?
Simone 'Sissi' Schmidt: I had a dream. We where together in my dream. We were brother and sister, mother and father, wife and husband and... both of us were both.
Bodo Riemer: You're crazy.
Simone 'Sissi' Schmidt: Yes. Of course. Maybe it's all wrong. But I thought it was happiness.
Bodo Riemer: I don't believe in happiness.
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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 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Autumnal
Performed by Arab Strap
Written & produced by Arab Strap
Cello by Cora Bissett
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My 1st Tykwer Experience
17 June 2003 | by VWaltz77See all my reviews

This film was playing in our little theater here, as part of the Beyond Normal Films promotion about a year & a half ago. I must say that before then, I had never heard of Tom Tykwer.

Since then, he has become 1 of my favorite writers & directors. I immediately went out & got the highly acclaimed *Lola rennt* & I must say that I was very impressed. I also got to check out his most recent film *Heaven* as part of this year's Beyond Normal ticket; I LOVED it.

If you are not familiar with Tykwer's work, I would suggest you start with *Der Krieger.* The story has several elements that almost everyone will enjoy & although the story may be a little slow in a few parts, it is nonetheless, interesting. It is not really a film for kids though.

I was once a little intimidated by films in a language I could not understand (German, for instance). There were several times that I did not even have to read the subtitles to know what was going on, it was great & even a little inspiring to me for wanting to learn some German (Danke schön, Tom). I encourage you all to check this flick out if you have not yet.

My rating: 8/10


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