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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

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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

31 January 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$530,519 (Germany), 1 February 2002
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

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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Inspiring piece for aging activists
3 September 2004 | by cheesie25See all my reviews

This is a touching movie about a group of young, idealist anarchists who lose their beliefs and their friendships and become what they never expected. In being a slightly older than young idealist/activist myself I found this film very moving. But I think it can appeal to anyone who has had close friendships, only to see them pulled apart by approaching adulthood, social responsibilities, or changes in values. The film actually portrays these young punks in a convincing way unlike many other movies I've seen in which underground or subversive groups are shown in the most basest of stereotypes. The characters' background story or former look is not the focus though, so it does rush through that time rather quickly. The main draw in the film is the amazing job it does showing all of the reasons for the group's disbanding. You sympathize with each of the characters and can understand each of their reasons for choosing their current lifestyles. The plot is solid, the characters engaging, and the dialogue can be quite funny. This is the kind of film that has you laughing, crying and cheering all in a span of 2 hrs. Highly recommended.


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