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Four Against the Bank (2016)

Vier gegen die Bank (original title)
Four men, betrayed by the bank, unite to take revenge.

Director:

Wolfgang Petersen

Writers:

Tripper Clancy (screenplay), Ralph Maloney (novel)
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Til Schweiger ... Chris
Matthias Schweighöfer ... Max
Jan Josef Liefers ... Peter
Michael Herbig ... Tobias
Antje Traue ... Elisabeth Zollner
Alexandra Maria Lara ... Freddie
Thomas Heinze ... Schumacher
Jana Pallaske ... Heidi
Claudia Michelsen ... Susanne Schumacher
Tamer Tirasoglu Tamer Tirasoglu ... Rolfi
Sven Martinek ... Twiggy
Fahri Yardim ... Obdachloser
Leopold Hornung Leopold Hornung ... Zollner's Assistance
Thomas Gimbel Thomas Gimbel ... Ralf Niester
Bernhard Schütz
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Storyline

Four men, betrayed by the bank, unite to take revenge.

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bank | germany | See All (2) »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

25 December 2016 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Braquage à l'allemande See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$583,362 (Germany), 25 December 2016
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Wolfgang Petersen's first German-language film since Das Boot (1981). See more »

Connections

References Rocky (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Uh I need you here
Written by Riad Abdel-Nabi / Wouter Verhulst / Marijn Slager
Performed by Van Sonic's
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Creativity is overrated
29 December 2016 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

It should be good -- director Wolfgang Petersen has already directed the same movie exactly 40 years ago! I'm looking forward to seeing the original from 1976. The story, at least, is as fresh as ever. Three Average Joes lose all their hard-earned savings when their bank needs to find a reason to fire nerdy accountant Tobias. Initially, the three band together to avenge themselves. Then they decide to get even, to steal from the rich (the bank) and give to the poor (themselves), with Tobias as their inside man. The joke here is that four hasbeens stumble into their new careers as criminal masterminds.

I'm usually not a big fan of German movie heavyweights Til Schweiger and Matthias Schweighöfer, in fact I hate the sights of them, but here they are actually quite good. Schweiger can carry off the role of an ageing palooka who is used by ageing trophy wives as their bit on the side, whereas I hate the unironical superman roles he usually plays in his own movies. But I particularly liked Jan Josef Liefers as the semi-successful actor (he once had a popular TV series going, but that was ages ago) and Michael Herbig as the rain-man-type accountant.

As far as I care, the movie industry can rehash old formulas as long as they like, as long as enjoyable movies come out of it.


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