Knockin' on Heaven's Door

February 20, 1997 0 By Fans
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Two young men, Martin and Rudi, both suffering from terminal cancer, get to know each other in a hospital room…

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 7.8/10 (9,868 voted)

Thomas Jahn

Stars: Til Schweiger, Jan Josef Liefers, Thierry van Werveke

Two young men, Martin and Rudi, both suffering from terminal cancer, get to know each other in a hospital room. They drown their desperation in Tequila and decide to take one last trip to the sea. Drunk and still in pajamas they steal the first fancy car they find, a 60's Mercedes convertible. The car happens to belong to a bunch of gangsters, which immediately start to chase it, since it contains more than the pistol Martin finds in the glove box.

Writers: Thomas Jahn, Thomas Jahn


Til Schweiger

Martin Brest

Jan Josef Liefers

Rudi Wurlitzer

Thierry van Werveke

Henk – der Belgier

Moritz Bleibtreu

Abdul – der Araber

Huub Stapel

Frankie 'Boy' Beluga

Leonard Lansink

Kommissar Schneider

Ralph Herforth

Assistent Keller

Cornelia Froboess

Frau Brest – Martins Mutter

Rutger Hauer


Christiane Paul

Verkäuferin in der Boutique

Hannes Jaenicke


Willi Thomczyk


(as Willy Thomczyk)

Vladimir Weigl

Harald Rohwitz

Jenny Elvers-Elbertzhagen

Schwester Labor A

(as Jenny Elvers)

Corinna Harfouch

Schwester Labor B

Ein schnelles Auto, 1 Million Mark im Kofferraum und nur noch eine Woche zu leben

Release Date: 20 February 1997

Filming Locations: Alter Wartesaal, Cologne, North Rhine – Westphalia, Germany

Opening Weekend: $3,296
(23 April 2000)
(2 Screens)

Gross: $3,296
(23 April 2000)

Technical Specs



Boom mic visible:
Microphone is visible at the top of the frame in stairs shootout episode


[Own translation since the movie is not available in English]

Patient im Fahrstuhl:
[waking up]
What's happened? Am I in Heaven?

Henk – der Belgier:
Sure. I am Sweet God and this
[points to Abdul]

Henk – der Belgier:
is Saint Peter.

Abdul – der Araber:
[St. Peter]
Salam aleikum.

User Review

GREAT FILM, but you've got to either learn German, or wait for the dubbed version.


COUNTRIES??!! Is it because Hollywood is afraid of German films that are
actually as good as theirs? Is it because this is a foreign film that
"foreign" enough (e.g. Bergmanesque symbolism or Wender's "poetic imagery")
or is it because neither America nor Britain have the nerve to properly dub
this film into English?
In any case, the world is missing out. This is a highly entertaining film
with a simple plot, lots of humor, plenty of action, and two terrific
The plot, regardless of how many people will compare it to "pulp fiction"
(a comparrison, by the way, which I simply cannot understand,)is a
straight-forward buddy flick about two terminally ill men in their early
thirties. Like all buddy movies, (Lethal Weapan, 48 hours, Nothing to
the characters couldn't be more different at the beginning, and find a way
to get along by the films end. Nothing new here, except for the fact that
both men know they will be dead by the film's end, thus eliminating (thank
goodness) any chance of a sequel.
Anyway, our heroes meet in the hospital, and quickly decide that they want
to really "live" their final days on earth, and see the ocean before they
pass away. They steal a car which happens to belong to a dutch gangster
(brief cameo by rutger hauer). Thus begins the chase across Germany and
Holland, a chase which combines road-movie laughs a-la Dumb and Dumber
(there is a VERY similiar scene where the two men find the suitcase filled
with money, and check into a rediculously fancy hotel) with genuine
character development and bonding, a-la Thelma and Louise.

The real star of the film is not the plot, but the little moments of
humor and tenderness between the leads. Director Thomas Jahn's balance
between over-the-top action-comedy and emotional "cancer drama" is
played out by the two actors (til schweiger and jan josef liefers)

I would recommend this film to ANYBODY who likes to be entertained. The
music is great, the jokes (most of them, at least) fly, and the
relationships are genuine. The only problem is probably that at this
you have to speak German fluently to understand most of what's going on.
BUT BE PATIENT! Someday Hollywood will discover this film and at least
SUBTITLE it like they did the equally terrific(er) "lola rennt". My only
hope is that they don't simply ruin the film by remaking it with american
stars. That would be a great letdown, because this film is already
I doubt that most people would even think it's foreign, if they simply
forget the subtitles and get into it.