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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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The Ultimate Feel Good Movie
18 March 2002 | by NahretSee all my reviews

Once upon a time, there were six friends with a vision of a future in complete freedom, without the restrictions of a government stifling those too young and too foolish to stay within the bounds of what is 'normal'. So these friends lovingly created a homemade bomb and documented the whole process for posterity. They planted the bomb... and forgot all about it. Until twenty years later, when it finally blew up.

Twenty years later, only two of the six are still members of that "Scene" in Berlin, while the others have gone off to get married, have kids, drive Mercedes, make millions in their very own advertisement company or become district attorneys (!). Of course, their later careers will be of little interest, once the police have had a chance to look through the confiscated film material...

This is a great movie, about visions, friendship, solidarity - and anarchy. The plot is solid (in a Bond kind of way), and there is a deliciously ironic final twist.

So, what do you do, when there's a fire burning? Well, let it burn!

Naturally.


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