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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Peters ... Bob Patterson
Mareike Fell ... Greta Hagemann
Marek Harloff Marek Harloff ... Andreas
Bela B. Bela B. ... Fritz Freckstein (as Bela B. Felsenheimer)
Adele Uddo Adele Uddo ... Adele
Malick Bowens ... Jean Claude
Stephen Israel Stephen Israel ... Blane Abernathy
Jan Plewka Jan Plewka ... Jan
Kalle Schwensen Kalle Schwensen ... Kalle
Michael Dean Jacobs ... Henry
Ingo Neuhaus ... Hans
Jeffrey Scott Jensen Jeffrey Scott Jensen ... Otto
Martin Dew ... Nigel (as Martin D. Dew)
Stefan Wilking Stefan Wilking ... Klaus
Roman Jakobi Roman Jakobi ... Gunter


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English | German

Release Date:

8 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big in Germany See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hail Mountain Films See more »
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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to writer/producer Dan Mirvish, the film was made to ensure that the Academy Award category for Best Original Musical would have a minimum of five entries as required for the category to be activated, which would give his musical film Open House (2004) a chance to be one of the three Oscar nominees. However, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nonetheless chose not to offer an award in the Best Original Musical category that year. (Since then, the Oscar rules have been changed to provide that Best Original Musical category may be activated only by special request of the Music Branch Executive Committee in a year when the field of eligible submissions is determined to be of sufficient quantity and quality to justify award competition.) See more »

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A Modern Day Candide
20 June 2008 | by steffiescottSee all my reviews

"Half Empty" is a hilarious musical about the eternal optimist –in this case, a self-help book writer who goes to Germany mistakenly thinking he's popular there. Instead of an adoring audience, he finds himself adrift in a world of jaded misanthropes, including the woman who is supposed to be his publicist. His attempts to make friends—in scenes that are largely improvised—lead to one great encounter after another when he is verbally abused by nihilistic musicians, gruff gangsters, etc. In time, he manages to win over his publicist—both her heart and her mind--but his own world view is shaken when his hero, a much more popular self-help writer, turns out to be not quite what he seems. The action is punctuated by several musical numbers.

We saw this at the DeadCenter film festival in Oklahoma City and were blown away. This is a really funny, inspired small-scale indie production. You could quibble about a few technical things (like the lighting, which is a bit dark) but the piece is funny and inspired enough that you can't care too much. If Voltaire were writing "Candide" today, the character would be a self-help writer.

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