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Ich war noch niemals in New York (2019)

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Maria, the mother of television presenter Lisa Wartberg, has an accident with memory loss. All she can remember is that she has never been to New York. Without further ado, the elderly woman smuggles herself aboard a cruise ship.


Philipp Stölzl


Alexander Dydyna (screenplay), Jan Berger (collaboration on screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Heike Makatsch ... Lisa Wartberg
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Axel Staudach
Katharina Thalbach ... Maria Wartberg
Uwe Ochsenknecht ... Eintänzer Otto
Michael Ostrowski Michael Ostrowski ... Fred, der Maskenbildner
Pasquale Aleardi ... Bordzauberer Costa
Marlon Schramm Marlon Schramm ... Florian Staudach
Michael Aston Michael Aston ... Joshua
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Petra Blossey Petra Blossey
Conny Buch Conny Buch ... Lady 2
Alban Kryeziu Alban Kryeziu ... Seemann 2
Stefan Kurt ... Kapitän
Judith Neumann ... Polly
Nino Porzio Nino Porzio ... Seemann Italienischer Koch
Kathleen Renish ... (voice)


For television presenter Lisa Wartberg her job is the most important thing in life. That changes, however, when her mother Maria loses her memory after an accident and suddenly knows only one thing: she has never been to New York. The feisty lady escapes from the hospital and smuggles herself as a stowaway on board a cruise ship to finally experience the city, which never sleeps, up close. Her daughter has no choice but to go on the search for her mother together with her make-up artist Fred. They do find her, but the ship leaves before Lisa and her mother get off board. A chaotic journey across the Atlantic begins, where Lisa not only gets to know passenger Axel and his son, but also her mother makes an exciting acquaintance.

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17 October 2019 (Germany) See more »

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When being asked to join the performance on stage in the ball room, Lisa Wartberg (Heike Makatsch) gives her name as Liliane to disguise her identity. Liliane is one of the ladys mentioned in the lyrics of "Aber bitte mit Sahne" (1976) from Udo Jürgens. See more »


At several points in the movie, the position of the sun and moon are inconsistent with the ship's west-bound course from Hambourg to New York, with the sunrise appearing in front of the ship, for example. See more »

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A colorful and cheerful musical in best "Mamma Mia!" tradition
24 November 2019 | by leibnizjuniorSee all my reviews

While this musical is somewhat reminiscent of "Mamma Mia!" in terms of spirit and style, it certainly stands its own ground. As a matter of fact, I'd say it does a few things better than the other title does. Finding the right balance between being a cheerful comedy on the one hand, and providing a set of deeply emotional and believable characters on the other hand must have been quite tricky, but the whole team has nailed this perfectly.

The pace of the musical is just right, and the integration of Udo Jürgens (in German speaking countries) famous hits into the overall flow has been working out splendidly.

Heike Makatschs, Katharina Thalbachs, and Uwe Ochsenknechts performances were just outstanding, and Moritz Bleibtreu has proven once more what he is capable of (although I'm admittedly not entirely objective in this regard, since I've always been a fan of Bleibtreus work).

I cross my fingers that this lovely piece of art gets the attention it deserves.Two thumbs up, and I'd really like to see more of its kind in German cinemas!

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