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A former East German boxing champion reduced to working as a bouncer and debt collector is forced to reflect on his life when he is diagnosed with a fatal disease.

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Herbert
Udo Kroschwald ...
Bodo
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Eddy
Atef Vogel ...
Pfleger Steffen
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Mohammed
Manfred Möck ...
Günther
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Specht
Wolfgang Boos ...
Ex-Schuldner
Andreas Keller ...
Pathologe
Roland Florstedt ...
Roland
Henning Peker ...
Frankie
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Jobvermittler
Clemens Meyer ...
Moderator
Marko Dyrlich ...
Mark
Harald Polzin ...
Gebrauchtwarenhändler
Wolfram von Stauffenberg ...
Karl (as Wolfram Von Staufenberg)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susanne Böwe ...
Heimleiterin
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Sandra
Lola Liefers ...
Ronja
Kristin Suckow ...
Janine
Lina Wendel ...
Marlene
Robert Carlo Ceder ...
Security (uncredited)

Directed by

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Thomas Stuber

Written by

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Thomas Stuber ... () and
Clemens Meyer ... ()
 
Paul Salisbury ... (earlier screenplay)

Produced by

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Undine Filter ... producer
Meike Götz ... commissioning editor
Jörg Himstedt ... commissioning editor
Barbara Häbe ... commissioning editor
Thomas Král ... producer
Anatol Nitschke ... producer

Music by

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Bert Wrede

Cinematography by

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Peter Matjasko

Film Editing by

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Philipp Thomas

Editorial Department

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Kay Dombrowsky ... colorist

Casting By

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Karen Wendland

Production Design by

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Francis Kiko Soeder ... (as Frances Soeder)

Costume Design by

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Nadine Kremeier

Makeup Department

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Stephanie Adam ... makeup artist (as Stephanie Wolf)
Tamar Aviv ... tattoo supplier
Hanna Hackbeil ... key makeup artist
Stephanie Hanf ... additional makeup artist
Rebecca Rühle ... additional makeup artist
Nadine Tschöpe ... additional makeup artist
Katrin Westerhausen ... special makeup effects artist

Production Management

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Sophie Cocco ... production manager (as Sophie Stäglich)
Carlo Märzke ... assistant production manager
Astrid Schütz ... assistant production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Matthias Börner ... second assistant director
Xenia Reich ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Julia Friebe ... property master: indoor
Manja Hunger ... assistant production designer
Eva-Maria Müller ... painter
Harry Rischmüller ... property master
Matthias Röder ... carpenter
Kai Spittler ... carpenter
Christoph Stehr ... property master: indoor
Mathias Tyralla ... carpenter
Catharina Zopf ... trainee props

Sound Department

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Johannes Doberenz ... sound recordist
Günter Friedhoff ... adr mixer (as Günther Friedhoff)
Luise Hofmann ... assistant sound editor / foley editor
Martin Langenbach ... foley artist
Kai Tebbel ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Christoph Wieczorek ... foley mixer

Stunts

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Christoph Genesis ... fight choreographer
Armin Sauer ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Artjom Antipin ... electrician
Carina Bachmann ... additional electrician
Frédéric Batier ... still photographer
Cornelius Blumentritt ... assistant camera
Paul Hasel ... best boy
Benjamin Hirlinger ... gaffer
Niklas J. Hoffmann ... first assistant camera
Christopher Huck ... key grip
Tobias Jall ... camera operator
Tobias Kownatzki ... first assistant camera
Falko Lachmund ... camera operator
Falk Oettel ... additional electrician
Erik Sens ... key grip
Martin Votruba ... assistant camera

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eva Brox ... additional wardrobe
Sonja Hesse ... costumer
Stefanie Rüllich ... trainee costume designer
Maika Schörbel ... costume assistant
Diana Wangler ... wardrobe

Location Management

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Stefan Hübert ... location scout
Denis Kliewer ... location scout
Jens Noack ... location scout
Stefan Noebel-Heise ... location scout

Music Department

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Milena Fessmann ... music supervisor
Robert Seidel ... composer: theme music

Script and Continuity Department

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Louise Wildemann ... trainee continuity

Transportation Department

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Marcus Goldhahn ... production driver
André Jakobs ... production driver
Sophie Wruck ... driver: cast

Other crew

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Paulina Klebanova ... production trainee
Carlo Märzke ... production assistant
Janina Münch ... assistant set manager
Oliver Rebling ... production accountant
Astrid Schütz ... production assistant
Michael Stricker ... Insurance Consultant
Jan Stubenrauch ... set runner

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Peter Schneider ... thanks

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Plot Summary

Herbert lived well from his giant body for years, as a boxer since the GDR, nicknamed 'Pride of Leipzig', and now as bouncer and debt collector, while training promising boxers, especially gentle Eddy, who got a shot at the title in a much lower weight class. After ignoring symptoms for months, collapsing Herbert is diagnosed with the incurable muscular disease ALS, and is bluntly dropped from all his jobs and the gym. Seeking to set straight what went wrong is his life, he mends as good as he can with his daughter -neglected since age six- and deals with girl friend Marlene. Herbert is lucky with great home assistant Steffen, even gets to cheer protege Eddy to his title as last sportive achievement. Written by KGF Vissers

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Also Known As
  • A Heavy Heart (World-wide, English title)
  • A Heavy Heart (Sweden)
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Runtime
  • 109 min
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Budget EUR1,700,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Shot in 35 days. See more »
Quotes Herbert: It looks like a heart.
Marlene: A heart?
Herbert: Yes.
Marlene: And what is the meaning of it?
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