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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 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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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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color | Black and White (Super 8mm Film)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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First time ever that Matthias Schweighöfer had been in the USA. See more »

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Hard to Beat
Written by Richard Archer
Performed by Hard-Fi
Courtesy of Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH
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EXCELLENT MOVIE - 3 out of the 4 reviewers so far - GOT IT VERY WRONG
28 June 2018 | by petarda-46041See all my reviews

First of all this movie is not a comedy... The complex that niutta-enrico suffers from, can be healed elsewhere and with different methods, not with hate-spewing over the web, especially not on movies that don't deserve it. But let me get back to the movie. As i said the comedy, or the comedic parts if you will, in this movie are put there to hide the depressive nature of the movie and sadly our world as it is, and it is a perfect example of how should one handle life and living on this planet. We should try to overcome every depressing and negative thing with a bit of comedy otherwise we will all lose the point of life, cause there isn't one anyway.

Other thing that i liked very much - the director did a really good job to try to explain people's different behaviour on a pretty much stright-forward theme, i.e. we (people) form oppinions biasedly, as much as we want to think that we are open minded, and forward-thinking it is impossible for us humans (since we are emotional beings) to not get attached to a certain topic based on the tellings/re-tellings and expiriences of our close ones. Thus, it is almost impossible in this vast world, to not have hate built in to us for a certain thing. Only when we all get this we will have a 'pink' world. Other thing that was done very well in the movie, was the jumping between behaviours, as it is in the real life, since we are emotional beings it is imposibble to not get in fight with someone that we spend a lot of time with, which doesn't mean that we should give up, but on the contrary to try to understant our behaviour at the moment, ant try to find out why has it deviated, and never never give up, no matter what the situtation before you is. I should have sad this in on sentence but it would be the cliche line - "We shouldn't give up on anything, just because some ishes happened, but on the contrary we should always have positive state of mind, no mather the circumstances" and only this will lead us to the promise land - eternal happiness.

I would just like to end this, calling out the other reviewers, and say that i'm very sorry that myself, being at least half a life younger then them, am grasping the point of life, and i should've learned from them... ha... The irony.... With this last sentence i also wanna add - "Don't tell anybody dissapoint you in life", but try to taste/view/experience anything and everything before forming an opinion.

So just enjoy life, and if you haven't please watch this movie, especially if you are in bit of a crossover on your life. Shoutout to Markus Goller - You did an excellent job on this one. Keep up the good work, and of course, no need to tell you, to not get demotivated from reviewers like these :D.

Thank you for this life changing experience :)


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