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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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 »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$530,519 (Germany), 1 February 2002
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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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Another Excellent German Movie
19 February 2006 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1987, in Berlin, six young idealistic anarchic activists leave a handcrafted bomb in a mansion. Only thirteen years later the bomb explodes, wounding two persons. The police force, under the command of the experienced inspector Manowsky (Klaus Löwitsch), investigate the terrorist act and go to the old apartment, where Tim (Til Schweiger) and the crippled Hotte (Martin Feifel) live, collecting all possible evidences, including many films. One of these films show the group making the bomb, and Hotte and Tim decide to find the former four members of their group to tell them that they may go to jail, if the investigation watch the film. Maik (Sebastian Blomberg) is a successful man working in an advertisement agency; Terror (Matthias Matschke) is a lawyer; Nele (Nadja Uhl) is a mother of two children; and Flo (Doris Schretzmayer) is a mysterious wealthy woman. The group joins force and plots a plan to retrieve the film.

I am really impressed with the quality of the German movies released on DVD in Brazil in the last years. All of them are excellent films, including "Was Tun, Wenn's Brennt"? The dramatic story has action and humor and an unusual situation, with a good discussion between values, such as friendship, idealism and surrender to the system. The story has no clichés, and it is interesting to revisit the idealism that most of us have when we are young and try to embrace the world, and our "final destination" being part of the system. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Que Fazer Em Caso de Incêndio?" ("What to Do In Case of Fire?")


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