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Der Clown (2005)

A crime fighter dressed as a clown has helped out the police. The now retired clown returns when the German gold reserve is robbed by a criminal gang.

Directors:

Sebastian Vigg, Roland Leyer (co-director)

Writer:

Timo Berndt (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sven Martinek ... Max Hecker
Thomas Anzenhofer Thomas Anzenhofer ... Tobias 'Dobbs' Steiger
Eva Habermann ... Leah Diehl
Götz Otto ... Zorbek
Andreas Schmidt-Schaller ... Führmann
Xaver Hutter Xaver Hutter ... Salbach
Xenia Seeberg ... Mona
Dirk Heinrichs Dirk Heinrichs ... Marten
Martin Brambach ... Kähler
Patrice Bouédibéla Patrice Bouédibéla ... Daib
Horst Sachtleben Horst Sachtleben ... Wachmann
Oscar Ortega Sánchez Oscar Ortega Sánchez ... Kameramann (as Oscar Ortega Sanchez)
Bernhard Hoëcker Bernhard Hoëcker ... Erdoan
Thomas Born Thomas Born ... Tom
Claudia Mehnert Claudia Mehnert ... Antonia
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A crime fighter dressed as a clown has helped out the police. The now retired clown returns when the German gold reserve is robbed by a criminal gang.

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Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

24 March 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bohóc: A bosszú napja See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR8,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$422,173
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Holds a record for the most expensive German movie screenplay. During development, producers demanded constant rewrites from the original authors - who had to be paid for every single draft. Then, after the production had already spent around 250.000 Euro on the script, it was finally rejected and writer Timo Berndt started from scratch to write the script that ended up being used. See more »

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Eva Habermann has through the whole movie some cream boots except in the scenes where she sprang out of the helicopter on the roof of the building. There she had some terrain flat shoes in same color. See more »

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Follows Der Clown (1998) See more »

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Miserable cinematic failure and waste of energy, budget and talent
25 March 2005 | by marco_23_poloSee all my reviews

I saw this film right on the day it opened in a large theater and even though I wasn't familiar with the original German TV Series I at least expected decent action entertainment and hoped to experience some two hours of fun and adrenaline.

But even my lowest expectations were completely shattered. DER CLOWN is a vintage cinematic failure - which rates even more painful, as it is conceived to be the first cinema released film of the newly formed cinema division of Germany's production company ACTION CONCEPT.

This is even more lamentable, as the film presents its assets in a very loose and disadvantageous manner: even though it contains some extremely strong elaborate stunts, explosions (of choppers, cars and even entire planes) and shootouts, which certainly would be worthy of a true Hollywood action production, these supposed assets are not presented as eye candy at all. The actions sequences are framed and edited in a dull way, making them look average, boring and uninspired. The blown up 16mm to 35mm image on the screen looks awfully cheap, the ongoing use of grand camera moves and particularly the frequent split screens pretending some artistic merits are just annoying and do make no sense at all!

But it's not only the failure of technical aspects, which ads up to me feeling FÜR DUMM VERKAUFT at the end of the screening. The actors, the storyline and the governing VISION of this project seem to be dis comfortably stuck in the feeling of average German 90s television bonanza (no matter how successful it must have been at its time) - and this doesn't add a sense of missing aura and charming feel to the flick...

And finally: the producers really ought to be warned for their slated upcoming productions: if you tailor you next films after this model DON'T EVER ATTACH THE KIND OF CREDITS WITH FEELGOOD BACKSTAGE FOOTAGE AND BLOPPERS ... it's simply downright embarrassing, period (I had to cover my eyes).

Finally I really have to mention, that the best experience of this very evening was the preceding trailer of the upcoming film KAMPFANSAGE (an ACTION CONCEPT CINEMA production as well), which appears to be far more satisfying and in terms of story, look, style, music, characters, acting and directing. And I'm really looking forward to seeing it.

Rumors have it, that this guerrilla like film has been produced on a tight, little budget of EUR 300,000. Now, if there are guys who can make a supposedly appealing feature for such a tiny budget, why are other people of even the same production company (!) entirely unable to end up with something witty and gripping for an estimated budget of 8 billion Euros? That's a Gordian knot I haven't been able to untie yet...

A true and newly born German entertainment cinema is certainly about to appear on the spotlight - but DER CLOWN dosen't belong to it (... at least, that is what I hope!)

... I rated it 3 lame stars for some whacky pyrotechnics and for the hyped-up lips of German I-wanna-be-a great-star Xenia Seeberg ...


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