Knockin' on Heaven's Door

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  • NR
  • 1997
  • 1 hr 26 min
  • 7.8  (33,488)

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door is a German road movie from 1997, directed by Thomas Jahn and starring Til Schweiger and Jan Josef Liefers as two terminally ill men who set out on a final adventure to live their lives to the fullest before their inevitable deaths. Along their journey, they meet bizarre characters and encounter a lot of obstacles, both physical and emotional.

The story of Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door is centered around two men who are stuck in a hospital, both diagnosed with terminal illnesses. Martin Brest (Til Schweiger) is a 24-year-old novice gangster, who has been dreaming of becoming a millionaire his whole life. Rudi Wurlitzer (Jan Josef Liefers), on the other hand, is a 38-year-old humorless and reclusive accountant, who has never taken a risk in his life. They couldn’t be more different, but they share one common thing - their fate. Both men have only a few weeks to live, and they know that they will die soon.

When they discover that they will die soon, they decide to go on a final adventure to live their lives to the fullest before their inevitable deaths. They hatch a plan to steal a black Mercedes and drive to the sea, where Martin wants to watch the sunset with a bottle of champagne in his hand. Along the way, they have many adventures, some happy, some sad and some absolutely hilarious. They encounter a young woman, who is running away from her abusive husband, and they end up helping her. They even run into a famous painter, who has lost his muse and desperately needs someone to get him out of his creative rut.

What makes this movie unique is its blend of humor and tragedy. Though the movie centers around two men who are dying and have nothing to lose, it is surprisingly full of laugh-out-loud moments. The chemistry between Til Schweiger and Jan Josef Liefers is palpable, and their performances are spot on. They perfectly balance the light and the dark moments of their journey, making the audience laugh and cry by turns.

The soundtrack of the movie is absolutely wonderful, too. The title song, "Knockin' on Heaven’s Door," is a famous song by Bob Dylan. The German version, "Klopfen auf Himmelstor," is sung by German rock legend Herbert Grönemeyer and is a beautiful, melancholic rendition of Dylan's classic. The other songs in the movie are also perfectly chosen, creating a lively and unforgettable soundscape that perfectly matches the mood of the movie.

The cinematography of the movie is also noteworthy, with stunning landscapes and beautiful shots of the Mercedes speeding down the Autobahn. The directing, too, is excellent, as Thomas Jahn manages to capture the different tones of the movie and weave them into a seamless whole.

Overall, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door is a road movie that will make you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. It is a movie about life, death, love, and friendship, full of memorable characters and beautifully shot scenes. It is a true classic in German cinema and definitely worth watching for anyone who loves road movies, comedies or powerful dramas.

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    7.8  (33,488)