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What To Do In Case Of Fire [DVD]

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  • Actors: Klaus Löwitsch, Til Schweiger, Martin Feifel, Sebastian Blomberg, Nadja Uhl
  • Directors: Gregor Schnitzler
  • Writers: Anne Wild, Stefan Dähnert
  • Producers: Andrea Willson, Jakob Claussen, Philipp A. Barnett, Thomas Wöbke, Ulrike Putz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 28 April 2003
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008IASR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,636 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A group of disbanded anarchists are forced to work together again years later when it turns out that a bomb they placed in a villa long ago kills a real estate agent. The police think it is a new wave of terrorism after confiscating a video tape showing the placing of the bomb. The anarchists come up with a plan to raid the police station dressed like TV reporters but must rebuild their friendship as well as confront past problems.

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When a twenty year old bomb explodes in an abandoned mansion in modern-day Berlin, the evidence points to a notorious late 80s anarchist group. As the police start looking for them, the six former rebels reunite for the first time in 12 years to come up with a plan to protect themselves. But sparks fly when the group must reconcile their youthful ideals with their new lives and pick up the pieces of the relationships they left behind.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bugsiebaby on 23 Feb. 2006
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I watched this film last night expecting to see a comedy; and although it has its funny moments, it's more a story of relationships and standing up for what you believe in. And its done brilliantly. I didn't recognise any of the cast but I will definitely be looking out for Til Schweiger (Tim) and Martin Feifel (Hotte) again. Their performances were brilliant.
As for the storyline, watching this band of former 80s anarchists reunite to destroy the evidence of their crime is highly entertaining. You feel sorry for them, you hate them, you even cry for them (thanks to Hotte's heartbreaking frenzy). This film will have you on a rollercoaster of emotions and will keep you hooked right till the end. Which, if you ask me, is the whole point of watching a film.
If you enjoyed "The Edukators", you're gonna love this, because this film actually goes somewhere. There's nothing wishy washy about it, the plot is persistent and the characters are varied and real, allowing you to empathise with their various ups and downs. All in all, superb.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By MLA VINE VOICE on 15 May 2006
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An excellent film featuring a group of former anarcho-terrorists brought back together by an act they perpetrated a lifetime ago. While not quite as laugh out loud funny or containing as many heart-wrenching moments as Goodbye Lenin, What To Do... is in the same mould, casting wistful but self-admittedly rose-tinted glances back to a different era.

The cast and characters are strong, if at times a little unsurprising but their banter and compansionship delivers a powerful story of the way that changes strain kinship and impact on choices.

This film is the best German language film of recent years outside of Goodbye Lenin.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hywel James TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 May 2007
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This is an intensely humane and funny movie about a group of political punks who have hit middle age. They know time has passed but they wonder if they can acknowledge both that, and the radical ideals they held when they were young. The plot, which is relatively conventional - a sort of heist in reverse - offers an effective vehicle for exploring the problems all of us face when our younger selves step out from memory to challenge what age, mortgages and children have done to us.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 Sept. 2003
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A tale of friendship, ideals and compromise, accompanied by an excellent sound track and a nice sense of humour. Good acting, good script, in the whole quite an enjoyable film, shame about the lack of that extra bit of courage needed to add solid credibility which would have made it outstanding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gothicfun on 8 Nov. 2009
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German films are not known for their lightheartedness, but this film is full of the joy of youth. It may not to be to everyone's taste to smash the world up with a group of anarchists, but there's something very liberating in the attitudes that permeate this movie. The story begins with a group of anarchists leaving a bomb in a mansion. It explodes years later, not injuring anyone much but destroying the mansion. The local police chief decides to track down the anarchists and nearly succeeds. But the anarchists, who have by now mostly settled down into boring materialistic modern lives, realise that they must come together again to save themselves from jail. And they come up with a brilliant and audacious plan...

I won't give the plot away but it is a very well constructed one, and the film is full of amusing little touches which flash past so quickly you hardly have time to notice them. It's not a laugh a minute- more of a comedy of relationships. Nobody really gets hurt in spite of all the wildness and madness. Great acting, too. Highly recommended.
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