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Gate to Heaven (2003)

With the help of airport technician Dak, Alexej breaks out of the holding area for refugees. Dak puts up the Russian, who yearns to become a pilot, in an underground labyrinth of pipes and ... See full summary »

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Veit Helmer

Writers:

Veit Helmer (screenplay), Gordan Mihic (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Valeriy Nikolaev Valeriy Nikolaev ... Alexej (as Valera Nikolaev)
Masumeh Makhija ... Nisha
Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ... Dak (as Miki Manojlovic)
Udo Kier ... Joachim Nowak
Sotigui Kouyaté ... Togo
Burt Kwouk ... Muki
Anthony Okungbowa ... Amadou
Michael Chinyamurindi Michael Chinyamurindi ... Volinka
Veronika Nowag-Jones ... Basala
Adriana Altaras Adriana Altaras ... Denise
Stefan Kalipha Stefan Kalipha ... Schlepper
Dagmar Berghoff Dagmar Berghoff ... Newscaster
Hanns Zischler ... Policeman
Aman Bhushan Aman Bhushan ... Asis
Nadeshda Brennicke ... Airliner employee
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With the help of airport technician Dak, Alexej breaks out of the holding area for refugees. Dak puts up the Russian, who yearns to become a pilot, in an underground labyrinth of pipes and vents. The young Indian woman Nisha is an aircraft cleaner who dreams of being a flight attendant.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

18 December 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Tor zum Himmel See more »

Filming Locations:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Zukunft/Future
Performed by Schiller
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German Version of Shallow & Cheesy Action Comedy
20 April 2004 | by kdemirSee all my reviews

I saw this movie during the San Francisco film festival, 2004. I was disappointed since I was not expecting such one missing specialty and uniqueness in the independent film festival. The German director succeeded in making a cheesy Hollywood style action comedy movie with a limited budget. `Gate to Heaven' is about a refugee's falling in love with another one who lives illegally in the Frankfurt International Airport. The story is usually concealed behind those short, shallow dialogues and cheap jokes. Moreover the story develops and changes so quickly and sometimes it does not leave a taste behind. Finally, looking back, I find nothing interesting about this movie. I got the impression that the director tried to show us there was not so much money needed to make a cheesy Hollywood style action comedy movie, and he succeeded for those who have this taste. Instead of bearing the stress to find tickets for the festival, I better should have gone to my video store and grab a pop corn type Hollywood action comedy.


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