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The Princess and the Warrior (2001)

Franka Potente , Benno Fürmann , Tom Tykwer  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Franka Potente, Benno Fürmann, Joachim Król, Lars Rudolph, Melchior Derouet
  • Directors: Tom Tykwer
  • Writers: Tom Tykwer
  • Producers: Gebhard Henke, Katja De Bock, Maria Köpf, Stefaan Schieder, Stefan Arndt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005U8EN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,244 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Princess and the Warrior" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Making of featurette
  • Deleted scenes with introduction for the director
  • Music video

Editorial Reviews

From the director (Tom Tykwer) and star (Franka Potente) of the internationally acclaimed, fast-paced smash hit, Run Lola Run, comes a startling fresh and compelling romantic drama that will leave you breathless. When shy, beautiful nurse Sissi is the victim of a horrible car accident, a handsome small-time criminal miraculously saves her life. When she recovers, Sissi sets out to find him and discovers a violent man with a conflicted past and dangerous future. Soon, the two meet again in the middle of a deadly bank robbery, and Sissi realizes her fate is pre-destined. Or is it?

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112 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is among the top five ever made March 24, 2005
"Princess" triggered the old water works, by no means an easy feat with me. I was in Blockbuster recently and the checkout guy told me I was renting out my 500th video. That made me feel vaguely ashamed, considering that most movies are junk. Every once in a while though, we discover a gem that justifies all the crapola that insults our intelligence. This is one such gem. Look at my other reviews; I don't hand out five stars all that often. Instead, I usually trash movies, as most of 'em deserve.

Besides the very moving scenes that will raise goosebumps on anybody with a pulse, what I love about this film is the originality and meticulous care and planning that went into every aspect. I have never seen a movie remotely like this. The language barrier (German) was rapidly overcome by the expressive acting, so universal that a person of any land can understand. The nurse (the same actress who played in "Run, Lola, Run", a good film also) is easily among the best actresses in the world.

[WARNING-PLOT ELEMENTS REVEALED IN THIS PARAGRAPH.] In a nutshell, a thief saves the life of a nurse during a traffic accident. Then he exits from her life. After her recovery, she returns to her rather boring passionless life at a psychiatric hospital, but she cannot overcome her longing for this mysterious man. Next begins her struggle to find, and once finding, to win over this indifferent, hostile warrior who is tormented by nightly visitations from a dead girlfriend.

Now I will place a little caveat here. I loaned this out to a Mormon acquaintance and all she could say was how horrified she was that the nurse performs a sexual act which she judged gratuitous. If that sort of thing bothers you, definitely avoid. Look at Linda Linguvic's review below.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful... March 7, 2002
By Wendi
I never saw the thrill of 'Run Lola Run.' To me, it was trying a little too hard to be hip, and not really succeeding.
'Princess and the Warrior,' however, is a different story. Both visually breathtaking and thought provoking, the film brings up questions about love, death, and destiny. Franka Potente is absolutely stunning in her role as a sheltered nurse who pursues the man who saved her life . . . and who appears in her dreams.
Many people are reluctant to watch a foreign film, uneasy with having to read and watch at the same time. Yet when the foreign film is excellent, something magical happens. You forget that you're reading at all.
'Princess and Warrior' is one of those films.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lola Slows Down... July 25, 2001
...but that does not stop this film from being very well done. America we have got to embrace Tom Tykwer! This man makes tantalizing motion pictures. The Princess and the Warrior is not like Run Lola Run so for viewers caught up in the hype of that film you may be disappointed, but you should not be. This film lives up to it's hype and is another beautiful puzzle from the world of Tykwer.
Franka Potente plays a nurse working in a mental hospital when fate, and a horrific accident, brings Bodo into her life. He is a troubled man, who's anguish over his past has left him on the edge of insanity. Actually there is really no reason to say more. So many things in this film come full circle it is better to not dicuss them, but there are chases, guns, a bank robbery, love, and death. The simple twists give the movie depth and keep it engaging from start to finish. That and it is a visual masterpiece. There are shots in this movie I have never seen before. Additionally the transitions are innovative and, of course, the music is awesome. Potente and Benno Furmann are exceptional in the lead roles both giving layer upon layer to their complex characters.
This movie was so well writen and directed by Tykwer. He just seems to make the impossible possible. If you liked Run Lola Run you should see this film and if you didn't see Lola you should. Then see this and also Winter Sleepers, another Tykwer film. All of them are unique pictures. Upon watching them people will understand why this guy is one of the most talented new filmmakers in the world.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of 2001's Most Cruelly Ignored Films April 10, 2002
It is criminal that, when writing a review for Tom Tykwer's masterly "The Princess & The Warrior", you almost need to mention Tykwer's previous film, 1999's "Run Lola Run". Using flash-cuts, still photographs, animation, black-and-white stock, digital video and slow-motion photography, amongst other cinematic techniques, Tykwer's sophomore effort, following his little-seen debut "Wintersleepers", announced a new wild, energetic talent behind the camera of world cinema, as well as a new pretty face infront of it in 'Lola' herself, Franka Potente. Two years later, Tykwer follows up "Lola" with something almost completely different in tone and execution, trading in "Lola's" kinetic energy with a leisurely-paced fable that would knock Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "Amelie" out for six.
Of course, the comparisons with "Lola" can yield a few results, with some key actors (Franka Potente, Joachim Krol, Lars Rudolph) returning along with some key crew members, including "Lola's" adventurous director of photography Frank Griebe. But, compared to "Lola's" full-on assault on the senses, "Princess" washes over you like a giant tsunami, thanks in large part to its gorgeous cinematography, luminous production design and some nifty special effects (including a specific moment that David Fincher would be proud of). Of particular mention is the score by Tykwer himself and his co-composers Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil (otherwise known as Pale 3), who after granting "Lola" a score that would go down a storm at a rave, expertly wrack up the tension using a more classically influenced sound.
Tykwer's bold script and direction remain the catalyst for these factors though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Worlds
This is reality and not a sci-fi. They both live on the same planet, Earth. Both suffer from stress disfunction. They communicate with emotions at different speeds. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Treebear888
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and beautiful in all the right ways
This is a unique movie. I've seen it 5-6 times now and still enjoy it, which is rare for me.

The movie is in German, so don't get it if you can't stand subtitles. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kahlia
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites
It reminds me of the true Grimm fairytales, all except for the ending. Tom Tykwer makes a beautiful movie aand the actors are excellent. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Autumn R Maura
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie that I didn't hear about until in a hotel one night....
Director of Run Lola Run. It combines an interesting characters/classic caper story elements into a great movie. Shot in Wuppertal Germany which is a cool setting. Read more
Published 14 months ago by jteamazonstuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Please release it on Instant Video!
I saw this movie on HBO when I was in high school (and it first came out). I saw it ONCE and still remember the whole story and that it was EXCELLENT! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Trip, works better than Valium
The serenity in this movie is unreal. While there are quite violent times occurring, the movie seemed to surprise me of it's complete calmness. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ikarus S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Way, way better than I expected!!
I rented this film honestly because I knew Natja Brunkhorst was in it. She played the the real life character Christiane Felscherinow in the German film about Heroin addicts,... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Quadro Sinead Summer
5.0 out of 5 stars The princess and the Warrior ! - Excellent transaction
I have purchased this DVD as a gift. My friend said this is one of the most beautiful movies she ever seen before ! The delivery time was perfect and in perfect conditions.
Published 23 months ago by J. RODRIGUEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-see film, especially if you love forgien independent films
If you like romance, great acting, superb dialogue and an intriguing story, this movie is for you. I bumped into this movie on Showtime one late night after midnight and it was... Read more
Published on November 30, 2011 by Dana Dude
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