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The carpennter Gamser from Garmisch-Patenkirchen, southern Germany, aims at success as a bobber at the Winter Olympics 1952. One of his opponents is his old rival Dorfler from his home country.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sebastian Bezzel Sebastian Bezzel ... Bobfahrer Gamser
Michael A. Grimm ... Franzl (as Michael Grimm)
Simon Schwarz ... Leusl Peter
Antoine Monot Jr. ... Gustl
Nicholas Ofczarek ... Brauereibesitzer Michel Dorfler
Daniel Zillmann ... Toni
Liane Forestieri ... Rosi Gamser
Lisa Maria Potthoff Lisa Maria Potthoff ... Gerdi
Rike Schmid ... Anna Dorfler
Barbara Bauer Barbara Bauer ... Ursel
Maximilian Brückner ... Reporter Robert
Horst Krause ... Delegationsleiter
Bastian Pastewka ... von Hase
Stefan Betz Stefan Betz ... Basti
Andreas Harwarth Andreas Harwarth ... Kaspar
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The carpennter Gamser from Garmisch-Patenkirchen, southern Germany, aims at success as a bobber at the Winter Olympics 1952. One of his opponents is his old rival Dorfler from his home country.

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

18 January 2007 (Germany) See more »

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Heavyweights See more »

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€5,300,000 (estimated)
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Medienfonds GFP,Olga Film See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Based on the true story of two German bobsledders, surprisingly winning the two-man and four-man competition at the 1952 Winter Olympics. See more »

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This one made biographical comedy my favorite genre!
3 April 2010 | by ShalotkaSee all my reviews

Winter Olimpics of 1952 was the first international event in which Germany participated after the World War II. It was a great opportunity to symbolically restore the friendly relations between Germany and other nations. However, the emissaries of this consent were the bobsleigh teams formed of men who hated one another from early childhood, had very bad manners and certain family problems that they happened to bring along.

Though the first half of the movie is slightly boring, from the point when our heroes arrive at Oslo the real comedy starts with a variety of misunderstandings and embarrassing situations.

It's probably not a very faithful representation of how the real events looked like, but it's really enjoyable to watch the plot with some crazy twists and turns to be built on a real story. There is of course a message in the movie. It's not exactly about friendship, but definitely showing the value of agreeing to do something together against the odds for some greater cause.

And for sure I have never before and never after laughed so hard during an epilogue.


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