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KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR 1997

poster

Film

Director:
Thomas Jahn

Language:
German

Running Time: 86'

Main Cast:
Til Schweiger - Martin Brest
Jan Josef Liefers - Rudi Wurlitzer
Rutger Hauer - Curtiz
Thierry Van Werveke - Henk, the Belgian
Moritz Breibtreu - Abdul, the Arab
Huub Stapel - Frankie "Boy" Beluga
Cornelia Froboess - Martin's Mother

Awards and Nominations:
- 1998 - Ernst Lubitsch Award to Moritz Bleibtreu.
- 1997 Film Strip in Gold German Film Award for Outstanding Individual   Achievement Supporting Actor.
- 1997 - Moscow International Film Festival Silver St. George Award for   Best Actor.
- 1977 - Film Strip in Gold German Film Award Nomination for   Outstanding Feature Film

Screenplay:
Thomas Jahn

Plot:
Two terminally ill men, Martin and Rudi, who became friends in the hospital, plan to break away to try to fully live their last days. One of them has never seen the ocean, and therefore they decide to steal a car and drive north to finally see it.
But they don't know that the car, a 60's Mercedes convertible, belongs to Frankie, whose men, Henk and Abdul, were supposed to take it - together with the million German marks hidden in its trunk - to Frankie's boss, Curtiz. Now Martin and Rudi are rich (and chased by a bunch of gangsters!), but nonetheless they decide to get the best out of that money, they start spending it to try to make their highest dreams come true.
But their final destination is still the ocean, for a last look at it before dying.

Notes:
Rutger makes a brief but incisive appearance in this cult movie, playing the part of Curtiz, “the Boss” - during it, he also recites few touching lines, “You've never seen the ocean? In Heaven, all they talk about is the ocean”.
The complete version is, “You've never seen the ocean? Don't you know what happens when you get to heaven? In heaven, all they talk about is the ocean. How gorgeously beautiful it is. And all the sunsets that they saw. How you could feel the sun lose its strength. And how the cool water splashed forward and the only fire left was the fire in their souls. And you? You can't say a thing, because you've never been there. Up there, you'll be nothing but a fucked-up outsider".

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