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The Unintentional Kidnapping of Mrs. Elfriede Ott (2010)

Die unabsichtliche Entführung der Frau Elfriede Ott (original title)
Horst receives the monthly pension from his grandmother. The only problem is, that she is dead. As a local politician wants to congratulate the grandmother to her birthday Horst "borrows" ... See full summary »


Andreas Prochaska


Uwe Lubrich (screenplay), Michael Ostrowski (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elfriede Ott Elfriede Ott ... Elfriede Ott
Michael Ostrowski ... Toni Cantussi
Andreas Kiendl Andreas Kiendl ... Horst Wippel
Gerhard Liebmann ... Gerry Dirschl
Angelika Niedetzky Angelika Niedetzky ... Vroni Polster
Simon Hatzl ... Gruppeninspektor Karl Kramer
Thomas Mraz ... Reinhard Meinhard Ott
Monica Reyes Monica Reyes ... Karin Leitner [HR]
Nicholas Monu Nicholas Monu ... Malou (as Nick Monu)
Tomek Nowicki Tomek Nowicki ... Ungar
Irene Schober Irene Schober ... Nachbarin (as Irene S.)
Peter Strauß Peter Strauß ... Primar
Gerda Drabek Gerda Drabek ... Schwester Hilde
Uwe Lubrich Uwe Lubrich ... Inspektor
Rochus Millauer Rochus Millauer ... Trafikant


Horst receives the monthly pension from his grandmother. The only problem is, that she is dead. As a local politician wants to congratulate the grandmother to her birthday Horst "borrows" an old lady from a hospital nearby, not recognizing that he just kidnapped actress Elfriede Ott. Written by themoth-83

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A hilarious film from Austria
13 July 2017 | by werwolf_dkSee all my reviews

This was on Austrian TV some months ago. For people outside Austria, TV is often the only source to see Austria films. In addition this was produced for the domestic market, as everyone is speaking in their specific dialect, which means this is one of the charms of this film to me. It is not a "sophisticated comedy" though, but still one where language is one source of enjoyment.

The title gives away what this film is about. And as it is a comedy, the ending gives itself. So, a perpetual student has not reported the death of his grandmother and is still claiming her pension and attendance allowance. As someone from town hall wants to congratulate her on her 95th birthday, things become critical. The student wants to "borrow" a sedated person from a hospital, but as he elopes with a famous actress, a lot crazy situations ensue.

Yes, it is some kind of crazy comedy. The humor is often rather blunt, but they never fall into the trap of vulgar overacting. It might have helped to trim the film a bit, as some jokes are repetitive. I am also sure that this film definitely will lose in translation. Some characters seem to have stepped out from a Seidl flick. Watch it to ensure yourself Austria also has mainstream movies.

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Release Date:

1 October 2010 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Elfriede Ott akaratlan elrablása See more »


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EUR2,500,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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