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Die Wilden Kerle: Alles ist gut, solange du wild bist! (2003)

A home-made soccer team of kids have to get ready for a match against the team that has taken the kids' field to play and won't give it back unless they lose a match against the kids.

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Joachim Masannek
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht ... Leon
Raban Bieling Raban Bieling ... Raban
Sarah Kim Gries Sarah Kim Gries ... Vanessa
Constantin Gastmann Constantin Gastmann ... Fabi
Wilson Gonzalez ... Marlon (as Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht)
Marlon Wessel Marlon Wessel ... Maxi
Jonathan Beck ... Juli
Kevin Iannotta Kevin Iannotta ... Joschka
Leon Wessel-Masannek Leon Wessel-Masannek ... Markus
Filippo Dattola Filippo Dattola ... Jojo
Florian Heppert Florian Heppert ... Dicker Michi
Nicolas Michalczewski Nicolas Michalczewski ... Sense
Rufus Beck ... Willi
Cornelia Froboess ... Oma Vanessa
Uwe Ochsenknecht ... Vater Maxi
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A home-made soccer team of kids have to get ready for a match against the team that has taken the kids' field to play and won't give it back unless they lose a match against the kids.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some rude behavior, mild language, smoking and a brief crude gesture | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

2 October 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Csak az a foci See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$744,971 (Germany), 3 October 2003
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SamFilm Produktion See more »
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Color
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Featured in Ein Abend für...: Ein Abend für die Kinderstars (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Ich hasse dich schrecklich
Musik und Text by Lukas Hilbert / Klaus Hirschburger
Performed by Bananafishbones
Vocals by Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht, Anna Lücking
Produced by Bananafishbones
mit freundlicher Genehmigung von
Warner Chappell und der Edition Zeroes And Ones / MdF Musikverlag GmbH
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"Manni, der Libero" meets "Die Vorstadtkrokodile"
24 September 2003 | by ChrisWasserSee all my reviews

It seems to me that the people who made this movie firmly believe that a football (as a European I refuse to use the term soccer ;-) is a much better toy for a ten year-old child than, say, a Playstation and that children not only can but should get dirty while playing. Therefore the movie is refreshingly reminiscent of the children's movies of the 70s, such as "Vorstadtkrokodile". The "wild blokes" (that's what "Wilde Kerle" translates to) use swear-words, they don't always obey their parents, they have tests of courage and there is no stay-at-home or well-behaved mummy's darling to be found anywhere. In other words: As a child I would have LOVED this film and as an adult I still find it very entertaining and worth seeing.

The minor complaint I have refers to the often unnatural dialogue. It's not the fault of the children that made up words like "Hottentottenalptraumnacht" sound stilted and strange; grown-up actors also would have trouble saying lines like this.

Finally I have to say that I like how this film seems to be a real family affair. Because he was unhappy with the way football is taught to children in the F-youth of professional clubs, the director Joachim Massanek founded and coached a "little league" football team for his sons and the children of some of his friends (also called "Die wilden Kerle") and later wrote successful children's books about their adventures. In the film the characters Raban, Maxi, Markus and Juli are played by some of the real "wilde Kerle". Other members of the team are played by the sons of Uwe Ochsenknecht and Rufus Beck (Willi).

Bottom line: This is a film not only for children but for anyone who remembers what it was like to play football at the pitch around the corner every afternoon after school.


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