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Friendship! (2010)

A young man from East Germany travels to San Francisco to search for his father, who fled 12 years ago.

Director:

Markus Goller

Writers:

Oliver Ziegenbalg (screenplay), Tom Zickler (stories)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthias Schweighöfer ... Tom Kleeberg
Friedrich Mücke ... Veit Jagoda
Alicja Bachleda ... Zoey
Todd Stashwick ... Darryl
Peter Macon ... Hope
Kevin Rankin ... Marvin
Cameron Goodman ... Amber
Kimberly J. Brown ... Dorothee
Cocoa Brown ... Polizistin
Dwayne Adway ... Hunter
Kirsten Block ... Ursel
Hans-Uwe Bauer Hans-Uwe Bauer ... Falker (as Hans Uwe Bauer)
Justus Kammerer Justus Kammerer ... Tom 12 Jahre
Adrian Moore Adrian Moore ... Veit 12 Jahre
Gitta Schweighöfer ... Tom's Mutter
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Storyline

1989: while all of Germany is celebrating the German Reunification, Veit and Tom set off for America with nothing more than a 100 Deutsch Marks "welcoming money" in their pocket. They are trying to find Veit's Dad who fled long before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Two "Ossis" (East Berliners) on an odyssey through the Land of Freedom and Capitalism, from New York to San Francisco. Written by Wiedemann & Berg Film

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Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

14 January 2010 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Amizade! See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,061,593
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color | Black and White (Super 8mm Film)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in Albuquerque, New York, San Franciso, Las Vegas and Berlin See more »

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Lot of vehicles built in 1990s and later are shown in the background when the film supposedly took place in 1989 right after the fall of Berlin Wall. See more »

Soundtracks

Blinded By The Light
Written by Bruce Springsteen
Performed by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Courtesy of Creature Music Ltd.
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Funniest movie of the year - if you are from the former East
18 July 2010 | by SuppiluliomasSee all my reviews

I understand that most people won't get too excited about this movie. There is a lot of subtle humor in it that requires some knowledge of how life was in East Germany, what things like "Mondos" were for instance, in order to appreciate the jokes. One may argue that the movie has overdone some of it. I think it was highly unlikely that two East German guys walked up to the immigration officer at a New York airport and state that they are communists. People in East Germany knew that this wouldn't be a smart move. But, hey, it is also rather unlikely that a US official asks a German bluntly if he was a Nazi. And there are a few other details that might be historically incorrect. Whatever! Getting into this kind of discussion does not do justice to the movie. I had a great time watching it. Many things reminded me of my own first trip to the states mere months after reunification. Besides, it is a road movie with beautiful pictures and sceneries from the American province. And the ending with its twist is indeed quite strong. It turns out that the movie title "Friendship!" is not only a reference to the official greeting within the communist youth organization in East Germany. This picture is also literally about friendship.


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