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One day a nerdy middle-aged small-town man gets an exotic companion who can make wishes come true. Because the creature looks funny and behaves in an obnoxious way, he encounters all kinds of funny and embarrassing situations.

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Ben Verbong

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Paul Maar (screenplay), Ulrich Limmer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ulrich Noethen ... Herr Taschenbier
Christine Urspruch Christine Urspruch ... Das Sams
Aglaia Szyszkowitz Aglaia Szyszkowitz ... Frau März
Armin Rohde ... Mon
Eva Mattes ... Frau Rotkohl
August Zirner ... Herr Oberstein
Heinrich Schafmeister ... Abteilungsleiter
Jan-Gregor Kremp Jan-Gregor Kremp ... Kioskbesitzer (as Jan Gregor Kremp)
Gerd Knebel Gerd Knebel ... Polizist 1 (as Gerd Knebel - Badesalz Duo)
Henni Nachtsheim Henni Nachtsheim ... Polizist 2 (as Hendrik Nachtsheim - Badesalz Duo)
Götz Schubert ... Pförtner
Gert Burkard Gert Burkard ... Lürcher
Michael Schreiner Michael Schreiner ... Kleinhenz (as Michael Steiner)
Juraj Kukura ... Oberkellner
Jack Recknitz Jack Recknitz ... Pilot
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Storyline

One day a nerdy middle-aged small-town man gets an exotic companion who can make wishes come true. Because the creature looks funny and behaves in an obnoxious way, he encounters all kinds of funny and embarrassing situations.

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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | Inuktitut

Release Date:

18 October 2001 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Sams - Der Film See more »

Filming Locations:

Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$877,397 (Germany), 19 October 2001
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Company Credits

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Kinowelt Filmproduktion See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Connections

Version of Eine Woche voller Samstage (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Wünsch dir was du willst (Das Sams)
performed by Christine Urspruch
composed by Inga Humpe, Tommi Eckart
written by Inga Humpe, Heike Kospach
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The Kids Liked It
29 October 2001 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

"Das Sams" is based on an absolutely brilliant series of four children's books by Paul Maar. When I saw it in the cinema, my eleven - year - old nephew as well as all the other kids in the audience really got a kick out of it. Personally though, being somewhat more mature than the target audience and a seasoned cineast to boot, and not least because I literally grew up with the original books and the audio play, I must admit that the film didn't fulfill all my expectations. I would have liked the film to have a slower pace, to focus more on the main characters rather than hustle from scene to scene; especially so as Eva Mattes (as "Frau Rotkohl") and especially Christine Urspruch (as "das Sams") put in brilliant performances -- Ulrich Noethen ("Herr Taschenbier"), August Zirner ("Herr Oberstein"), Armin Rohde ("Herr Mon") and Aglaia Szyszkowitz (as Taschenbier's object of desire, "Frau März"), on the other hand, are somewhat less stellar. And I could have done without the soppy love story and the happy family ending. Oh well, as long as the kids are happy, "Das Sams" is well worth the price of the cinema ticket. In any case, I can only recommend that you read the book to your children. Before seeing the film, afterwards, or instead.


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