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Short Sharp Shock (1998)

Kurz und schmerzlos (original title)
Three friends get caught in a life of major crime.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gabriel
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Bobby
Adam Bousdoukos ...
Costa
Regula Grauwiller ...
Alice
Idil Üner ...
Ceyda
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Muhamer
Oscar Ortega Sánchez ...
Waffenhändler
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Sven
Cem Akin ...
Gabriels Bruder
Sükriye Dönmez ...
Seine Braut
Mustafa Enver Akin ...
Gabriels Vater
Hadiye Akin ...
Gabriels Mutter
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Nejo
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Tänzerin auf Hochzeit
Monique Akin ...
Junge Frau im Reisebüro (as Monique Obermüller)
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Hamburg, Germany. The small crime scene. Three friends: Gabriel from Turkey and just out of prison, Costa from Greece and together with Gabriel's sister, Bobby from Serbia and together with her best friend. Bobby wants to get more into organized crime and decides to apply for a membership in an Albanian gang. As a test, he has to beat up someone who owes his future boss. He can join. Later, when Bobby has to do a weapon's deal on his own, he tries to get his friends in, too. But Gabriel does not want to go back into crime, he is dreaming of a life at the southern Turkish coast, owning a boat rental shop. Costa, always out of money, joins Bobby for one last time before getting good. But before the deal is on, both women start leaving their men for others. And when the deal is on, it goes terribly wrong. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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15 October 1998 (Germany)  »

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In the scene where Bobby slaps Alice, 'Aleksandar Jovanovic' really slapped Regula Grauwiller on director's demand without her knowledge to intensify the scene and add authenticity. See more »

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As the camera tracks in to Bobby and Muhamer, the camera and its tracks are reflected on the front door of the car. See more »

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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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Nunca diré
Written by Daniel Puente Encina
Performed by Niños con Bombas
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Superb gangster melodrama made in Germany.
27 December 2000 | by (Munich, Germany) – See all my reviews

There are German films that aren't relationship comedies or delve into recent history. This film is a gangster melodrama, set in the Turkish community of Hamburg Altona. We care about the fates of the colourful, not-always-do-goods, emphasise with their struggle against the life they live. KURZ UND SCHMERZLOS manages to reach a rare quality: it feels "real".


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