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(T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1 (2004)

Three hundred years in the future, Mars is colonized by humans and their leader Regulator Rogul plans to conquer Earth. Queen Königin Metapha is advised to send the gays Captain Kork, the ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Brigitte Spuck / Abahachi / H2O2 / Winnetouch (as Michael Bully Herbig)
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Jens Maul / Schrotty / Pulle / Putzmann (Stimme) / Zeitungsvoiceover / Santa Maria-Ansager
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Anja Kling ...
Königin Metapha
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Rock Fertig Aus
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William der Letzte / Santa Maria (as Sky Du Mont)
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Regulator Rogul
Hans Peter Hallwachs ...
Konsul Kanon
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Senator Bean
Christoph Maria Herbst ...
Berater von William
Siegfried Terpoorten ...
Jim
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John
Herman van Ulzen ...
Senator Davis
Gerd Rigauer ...
Senator Terry
Heidrun Bartholomäus ...
Senatorin Lea
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Three hundred years in the future, Mars is colonized by humans and their leader Regulator Rogul plans to conquer Earth. Queen Königin Metapha is advised to send the gays Captain Kork, the Vulcannette Brigitte Spuck and the engineer Schrotty from the Surprise to the past in an experimental time machine to destroy the spaceship that human discovered in Area 51 in 2004 and avoid their technological knowledge in spacecrafts. She summons the trio and the taxi driver Rock Fertig Aus brings them to the meeting but Rogul attacks Earth. In the havoc, Kork, Spuck, Rock and Metapha travel to the past but they are hunted down by the evil Lord Jean Mau. Now the only hope for the human race depends on the success of their mission. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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22 July 2004 (Germany)  »

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Budget:

€9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$23,423,546 (Germany) (28 July 2004)
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Trivia

In the western sequence there are several references to Der Schuh des Manitu (2001) including Santa Maria's theme ("Straight To Hell" by Rage), the champagne bottles and the Apache Pub. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie after they returned home a piece of confetti lands on the princess's cleavage. In the next shot this confetti is gone. See more »

Quotes

Offizier Internationale Allianz: [checks Rock's ID] I can't read this.
Rock Fertig Aus: Eh..."Rock".
Offizier Internationale Allianz: Rock who?
Rock Fertig Aus: Nothing who; Rock, that's it.
Offizier Internationale Allianz: What do you mean "that's it"?
Rock Fertig Aus: My ex-wife's name is Thats, mine is It: Rock Thats-It.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits there is an additional scene where the crewmen of the space ship are eating cheesecake and a surprising new member applies to join. See more »

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Hilarious nonsense with a spicy gay flavor, just enjoy the ride !!
2 January 2007 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I absolutely loved this movie. I didn't know exactly what to expect, probably some very under-the-waist gay-jokes (the fact that I still bought this DVD proofs that I'm not really above THAT). But this turned out to be much better and different! In fact there's hardly any actual sexual connotation (okay, the outer form of the spaceship DID remind me of something familiar and at one point there's some sexual innuendo concerning a gravely mistaken shadow!). But otherwise the gay premise is not exploited in nudity, or in provocative gay variations on tits-and-ass jokes, it's mostly limited to the being gay of the three protagonists, which colors their attitude, their actions and their conversation, in a very tongue-in-cheek way. This gives this parody of Star Wars and Star Trek (and probably Back to the Future) an extra dimension that's very original, to say the least, and to me it worked completely.

There were more surprises: the FX of this non-American movie is absolutely stunning, as was the sound on this DVD, which at times blew me out of my chair! The whole story develops in a very high pace, we get time-traveling, space trekking, medieval jousting, everything in a hilarious way yet enough believable to get yourself involved into the story and with the characters. The actors do a great job and are all very funny, especially of course the two bickering and ad-libbing male leads Michael Herbig (also the director) and Christian Tramitz. And Till Schweiger, although past forty, is still a treat for the eyes, I remember him from "Der Bewegte Mann", another German gay classic some ten years ago that's among my favorites: equally entertaining but with a bit more of a serious message underneath the very comical surface.

I guess that many hard-boiled gay-rightists will find that a movie like this is stereotyping gays, but not I (and being one myself I think I have a right to speak). On the contrary, I actually find it a treat to witness (albeit in a movie) a world in which gay characters (even such "extreme" ones) are considered by everyone around them as just an exotic variation of the human species and in every other aspect as valuable and worthwhile as anyone else. Notice for instance that no-one in the movie makes fun of the gay characters just for being gay or ridicules their all too obvious homosexuality. Alas: up until now such a world still is a fantasy!

All in all, I rank this movie 9 out of 10.


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