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Now or Never (2000)

Jetzt oder nie - Zeit ist Geld (original title)
Three elderly ladies, Carla, Lilli and Meta, who, after their hard earned holiday money is stolen by bank robbers, decide to steal from their local bank. Along the way their are romances, arguments and a few other unexpected surprises.


Lars Büchel
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Credited cast:
Gudrun Okras Gudrun Okras ... Carla Brix
Elisabeth Scherer Elisabeth Scherer ... Lilly
Christel Peters Christel Peters ... Meta Wurm
Vladimir Weigl Vladimir Weigl ... Sven Krone
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rainer Bock ... Makowski
Christoph Bols Christoph Bols ... Floras Sohn Utz
Thomas Brenner Thomas Brenner ... Tango Thomas
Imke Büchel Imke Büchel ... Schwester Maria
Lars Büchel Lars Büchel ... Gefängniswärter
Ernst Dornau Ernst Dornau ... Friedrich Brix
Eva Ebner Eva Ebner ... Mager Sinn
Max Freitag Max Freitag ... Schäfer (as Dr. Max Freitag)
René Genesis René Genesis ... Krause
Corinna Harfouch ... Flora
Gerd Hartwig Gerd Hartwig ... Klonski


Three elderly ladies, Carla, Lilli and Meta, chat about their aches and pains and their fear of death's approach. Harmless stuff, at first glance. But the autumn of their lives is hardly a bed of roses. Carla can't pay the rent for her retirement home, Lilli is constantly harassed by her daughter, and Meta's neurotic son is getting on her nerves. A wee dram is just the thing for putting the cares of the world behind you, and so, over the odd glass of liqueur, they dream of a luxury cruise financed by their card games. Just their luck to be mugged as they bring the takings to the bank. A shattered dream? No way, say the three graces - anything those young men can do, we can do better. They work out a perfect plan, persuade Meta's short-sighted neighbour to join them, and return to the bank with a blunderbuss. Written by Anonymous

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Dreams come true!!!
16 January 2001 | by stefanhoeffllinSee all my reviews

Three lusty, old women have saved a lot of money. It´s their last big dream to make a journey around the world on an ocean steamer. They go to a bank and want pay in their money - but just in that moment the bank is robbed out. Their money is gone! So what? They decide to rob out the bank by themselves. It´s now or never...

I think it´s a miracle that this film was realized. A story about three old ladies robbing out a bank? Nobody had the hope that it would be successful. The only one who believed in the script was Til Schweiger and so he decided to produce it with his firm "Mr.Brown-entertainment" (a figure in Tarantinos "Reservoir dogs"...). Director Lars Büchel didn´t make the mistake to create the characters just as joke figures. That would have been to easy. You don´t laugh ABOUT the three, you laugh WITH them, and that´s what takes them so believable and touching. A bittersweet movie about getting older.

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Release Date:

14 December 2000 (Germany) See more »

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Nach der Zeit See more »

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Hamburg, Germany See more »


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Dolby Digital



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2.35 : 1
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