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What to Do in Case of Fire (2001)

Was tun, wenn's brennt? (original title)
What To Do In Case of Fire? tells the humorous and touching story of six former creative anarchists who lived as house squatters in Berlin during its heyday in the 80s when Berlin was still... See full summary »

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Gregor Schnitzler
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Til Schweiger ... Tim
Martin Feifel ... Hotte
Sebastian Blomberg ... Maik
Nadja Uhl ... Nele
Matthias Matschke ... Terror
Doris Schretzmayer ... Flo
Klaus Löwitsch ... Manowsky
Devid Striesow ... Henkel
Barbara Philipp Barbara Philipp ... Pritt
Aykut Kayacik Aykut Kayacik ... Bülent
Hubert Mulzer Hubert Mulzer ... Polizeipräsident
Oliver Mommsen Oliver Mommsen ... Konrad
This Maag This Maag ... Schmitz
Johanna von Halem Johanna von Halem ... Assistentin Agentur
Sandra Nedeleff ... Maklerin
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What To Do In Case of Fire? tells the humorous and touching story of six former creative anarchists who lived as house squatters in Berlin during its heyday in the 80s when Berlin was still an island in the middle of the former eastern Germany. At the end of the 80s they went their separate ways with the exception of Tim and Hotte, who have remained true to their ideals and continue to fight the issues they did as a group. In 2000, with Berlin as Germany's new capital, an event happens forcing the group out of existential reason to reunite and, ultimately, come to grips with the reason they separated 12 years ago. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The past can be a ticking bomb. Especially if you placed it there yourself.


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Rated R for some drug use and language | See all certifications »

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As the group enters the train station "Ostkreuz" at the end of the movie, it's night and the sky is black. When they reach the platform, the sun is shining. See more »

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Great great great
6 September 2003 | by NekoKyoSee all my reviews

'What to do in case of fire' is an amazingly honest movie dealing with the anarchy past in Berlin pre reunification. A group of six ex-anarchists have a 'little' problem when a 12 year old bomb suddenly explodes in Berlin and they have to get a hold on a self-made movie showing evidence that they're responsible. While two of them are still active in demos and such, one is trying to hold on to her ideals while being a mother to two little children, the other three have completely turned away from their old ways and become 'respectable citizens'. This is the entertaining part, seeing these very different persons to come back together again and try to get their hide out of the situation without going to jail. But if you look deeper, this is a movie about the difference of people still living in the past and on the other hand people trying to forget their past, showing us that neither way will work.

It is simple to sympathize with the group, for their reluctance to hurt people, their very normal lives and their wish to change something in a world they don't feel they can accept.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

31 January 2002 (Germany) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,874, 21 July 2002

Gross USA:

$33,545

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,014,162
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