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Run Lola Run (1998)
"Lola rennt" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  18 June 1999 (USA)
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After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.



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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 28 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »



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Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manni. He lost 100,000 DM in a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy. Lola has 20 min to raise this amount and meet Manni. Otherwise, he will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may happen depending on some minor event along Lola's run. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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(English translation: The difference between life or death can be decided in a split second.) See more »


Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 June 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lola Runs  »

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Box Office


DEM 3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$92,488 (USA) (18 June 1999)


$7,267,324 (USA) (21 January 2000)

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The blind woman that Manni borrows the phone card from is Moritz Bleibtreu's mother, Monica Bleibtreu. See more »


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[first lines]
[subtitled version]
Narrator: Man... probably the most mysterious species on our planet. A mystery of unanswered questions. Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? How do we know what we think we know? Why do we believe anything at all? Countless questions in search of an answer... an answer that will give rise to a new question... and the next answer will give rise to the next question and so on. But, in the end, isn't it always the same question? And always the same answer?
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, a giant, red ENDE (German for end) crawls across the background, taking several minutes to pass. See more »


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Vocals by Johnny Klimek
Music by Tom Tykwer (as Tykwer) / Johnny Klimek (as Klimek) / Reinhold Heil (as Heil)
Lyrics by Tom Tykwer
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Modern Masterpiece
12 January 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Run Lola Run. What a cool title.

It tells the tale of a young man, Manni, who one day was doing a job for crime boss. The job was just to deliver a bag of money to him with 100000 DM which roughly translates to $20000 or $25000 US. Unfortunatly Manni leaves the money on a train and is totally screwed unless he can get the money back in 20 minutes. So he calls his girlfriend, Lola (and no, she is not the girl from The Fifth Element), for help. From here the film follows Lola choosing three paths, each going for 20 minutes, to getting the money for Manni.

Run Lola Run is a wonderful study of how life consists of the paths we take. Some say there is no right and wrong paths to take in life, but Run Lola Run seems to illustrate that the right path is the best. Franka Potente (Lola) does a wonderful job and must have lost about 10 pounds for all the running she does in this film. But the real star here is Tom Tykwer (the director), who vison for this film is so fantastic and cool.

In terms of coolness, this has to be one of the coolest movies ever made. It contains black and white camera, animation, three or four different types of slow motion, fast motion and the most amazing still shots taken for a film which is enough to keep anyone interested. Plus this film is only 80 minutes long, but luckily it feels about 20 minutes longer than that.

After being one of the most talked about films of 1998, I would safely say that Run Lola Run has inspired a large number of film makers. Run Lola Run is a modern masterpiece and should pave the way for the future of films.

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