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What to Do in Case of Fire (2002)

Klaus Löwitsch , Til Schweiger , Gregor Schnitzler  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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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: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 2002
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JU6Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,327 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "What to Do in Case of Fire" on IMDb

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A heavy-handed but engrossing German drama about a group of ex-radicals who try to escape the ever-closer clutches of the police after a 15-year-old bomb they planted accidentally goes off, What to Do in Case of Fire paints a questionably sympathetic portrait of people trying to erase their pasts. Occasionally the humor found in the group's difficulty grasping the changes the years have wrought erases the distasteful attempt to whitewash these anarchists' violent past. Still, it's a copout to pretend that these particular radicals never seemed to have hurt anyone seriously, and indeed, even the exploded bomb only slightly injures two innocent bystanders. It's up to the considerable efforts of a most capable cast--including Til Schweiger (Tim) and Nadja Uhl (Nele)--to draw us into their morally skewered story. --Kevin Filipski

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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 1980s anarchist group. As the police start looking for the first time in 12 years to come up with a plan to protect themselves, sparks fly when the group must reconcile their youthful ideas with their new lives and pick up the pieces of the relationships they left behind. WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF FIRE is a thrilling, dramatic caper featuring Til Schweiger (DRIVEN), legendary character actor Klaus Lowitsch (THE ODESSA FILE) and an amazing ensemble cast of Germany's hottest young actors.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Anarchy Flick May 27, 2006
By Is
Format:DVD
If you're up for a movie that rages against the government and the police, you will most definetly enjoy this movie. And, what better language to do it in than German? This movie was kick-ass.

"What to do in case of fire? Let it burn!" (Well of course!)

In any case, the acting is excellant, NO crappy C-grade acting (you won't die from bad acting skill in this movie). Til Schweiger is the most Bad-Ass, Smart, Superb Actor; Awesome expressions.

Quick Cap Summary:

A bunch of rebel anarchists (in about there 20's) make a bomb and leave it in some abandoned house. 10 years later the rebel's are all living separate lives, (except for Tim and Hotte, still carrying their anarchist ways, living in a broken down house, refusing to leave) Two of the rebel's are well off with money (great jobs, or source of money) One of the rebels is raising two children on her own, and another is a paranoid freak who doesn't want to break any laws. When a lady is selling the house the rebels left the bomb in (no one has ever been in it for 10 years) she opens the house up to show her client around, BOOM! Off goes the bomb. Police raid Tim and Hotte house, take there film rolls and other belongings. The films contain all their rebel acts, even making the bomb, which would give the police the evidence they need to bust them (the police don't know this yet). Tim ends up grouping everyone back up and trying to get their stuff back from the police (either that, or blow-up the evidence). The mission is to not get busted and charged for attempted murder and so on.

Just watch it, it is most entertaining, there a good laughs, and good cries. Definetly worth the show!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars what to do in case of old age January 13, 2003
Format:DVD
I loved it. As a 60's radical who went yuppie I thought it caught the spirit of revolution and the reality of selling out. and these were 80's radicals dealing with this in the 90's, I was amazed at how it hit the nails on the head. fast paced non stop entertainment.
On the other hand, I insisted on showing it to my wife the next night and watched it again- she has seen a lot more movies than me and is a graduate in english literature and criticism and thought it an unrelieved piece of crap that said nothing to her. She did not find a minute of it believable nor a single character plausible. Clearly she never chained herself to a building!
We have never disagreed about anything so fundamentally. I am glad it was not a very significant issue....
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Taste of German Culture December 28, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I thought this movie was great, contrary to the other review. I thought the plot was well planned out and as for missing links, I thought the exact opposite. I think they connected everyone's lives from the past to the present perfectly. The scene with the test run and the music played was fantastic.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What You Didn't Know, Didn't Hurt You--Until.... February 22, 2004
Format:DVD
It is the mid-1980s, and Berlin, Germany, is in chaos. You're an anarchist. Or, at least you think you are, and the hormones of your early 20s count for a great deal. Up against the "Imperialisten Schweine" (Imperialist Pigs) in the form of Police with riot gear...throw a few cakes, a little urine from above...what's the harm, really? Do a little squatting in an abandoned building? All in good fun.
Columbia Tri-Star makes it to Germany...and this is a funny, heartwarming film. After all, friends just can't stop being friends, even if a pressure-cooker encased bomb does go off a little late--like, twelve years late. A little harm to a government bureaurat from Bonn, as Berlin prepares to take its rightful place as the Capitol of Germany again. No big deal, really.
This isn't the Baader-Meinhoff gang. Their more fun, and probably much more attractive. So it goes in the movies, na und?
It just so happens they left behind a little incriminating evidence, including a film on how to make a bomb from common materials...and that film ends up in the police barracks at Templehof, in a building heralding from the time of the Third Reich.
This film has a great deal of humanity, although you have to look for it beneath the glitzy, stereotyped images. It is about friendship, betrayal, the biological imperatives, lost youth, money over love, and much more. Thankfully, there's a bit of suspense, and no one is really hurt.
Filmed in Berlin it was! It is becoming a great city, again.
The soundtrack is super!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Film tells national history very intelligent August 21, 2005
Format:DVD
Firstly, I read all other reviews about "what to do in case of fire" and all in all I come to the following conclusion:

The movie is a veryy good movie an suprised my expectations in a good way. When I first heard about this movie, the title sounded to me like a usual dumb hollywood movie with lots of action and no significant plot. But it's a very good plot !

I think you have to be intelligent to understand this movie, you have to have a few knowledge of this particular historical time.

I just can say that most of the buyers who wrote a reviw and who rated the movie as bad or just average, didn't get this well done plot at all as you can see from their textcomments !!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ...Let It Burn
Great movie. One of my favorites. It is about a group of Anarchists who make a bomb and put it in an abandon building, which does not go off. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Clairia B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good cultural insight
I liked the film. I was in Germany during this time and I thought it reflected well some of the student controversy which was evolving in 1987.
Published 18 months ago by Colette
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but. . .
As another reviewer stated, if you can put your ethics on hold for a couple of hours, this film is fun and entertaining. Read more
Published on May 19, 2011 by Stephen Stults
5.0 out of 5 stars German movie
It's, perhaps, one of the most meaningful movies I've see lately.
It addresses idealism and what happens to those who continue to hold on to their ideals. Read more
Published on October 21, 2007 by D. Stichick
3.0 out of 5 stars This One Doesn't Set My Soul On Fire
This film is not a classic, but it is an interesting portrayal of young adults growing up and moving on (or not.) It is 1987. Read more
Published on February 18, 2005 by Beth Fox
2.0 out of 5 stars A Childish Attempt
When I read about the movie I pictured it to be very differnt than what it really was. I was disapointed to find that it reminded me of some kind of teen flick, although I can't... Read more
Published on December 15, 2004 by "pickleddeath"
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing theme -- but silly, contrived and predictable.
The concept of this 2001 German film is intriguing. It's about a group of six self-proclaimed anti-establishment anarchists in Berlin who, in the 1980s, set off bombs in protest... Read more
Published on March 19, 2004 by Linda Linguvic
4.0 out of 5 stars Especially good for postgraduates....
What to Do in Case of Fire is a very good film if you refuse to let your sense of ethics creep in and ruin it. Read more
Published on February 25, 2003 by Patrick J. Clark
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