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Free Rainer (2007)

Frustrated, because he is forced to produce bad TV-shows, a manager of a TV-station, enters the station and manipulates the ratings, to initiate a TV-revolution.

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Hans Weingartner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Rainer
Elsa Sophie Gambard Elsa Sophie Gambard ... Pegah
Milan Peschel ... Phillip
Gregor Bloéb Gregor Bloéb ... Maiwald
Tom Jahn ... Bernd
Andreas Brandt Andreas Brandt ... Karl-Heinz
Robert Viktor Minich Robert Viktor Minich ... Harry
Ralf Knicker Ralf Knicker ... Sebastian
Irshad Panjatan Irshad Panjatan ... Gopal
Simone Hanselmann Simone Hanselmann ... Anna
Doris Golpashin Doris Golpashin ... Showmoderatorin
Peer Jäger Peer Jäger ... Gründgens
Us Conradi Us Conradi ... Frau Arnim
Franziska Knuppe Franziska Knuppe ... Maiwalds Freundin
Vinzenz Kiefer ... Titanic Mann
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Storyline

Frustrated, because he is forced to produce bad TV-shows, a manager of a TV-station, enters the station and manipulates the ratings, to initiate a TV-revolution.

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Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

Austria | Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

15 November 2007 (Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,945,355
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sarah Kuttner: Streetreporter. See more »

Goofs

When Rainer's nose is bleeding he is holding his head back the whole time, which shouldn't be done as the blood would go down into the lounges. Instead he should have to lean forward and hold his nose at this situation. See more »

Quotes

Rainer Kuhhirt: [on the phone] Do you know anyone who has a rating box at home? See? That's what I mean. No, I don't even know anyone who knows someone who knows someone who has such a thing at home and I work for television for years.
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Connections

References Wer wird Millionär? (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

The Committee For The Preservation Of Sound
"Gonna Tear It All Down"
Composed by Miles Kurosky
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Way to ruin your reputation, Mr. Weingartner
30 December 2008 | by SuperunknovvnSee all my reviews

With "Das weiße Rauschen" and "Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei" Hans Weingartner was well on his way to become one of the most promising Austrian directors. Then he goes on to make this movie and his talent seriously has to be questioned.

"Free Rainer" seems like the story an over motivated class representative would think up. The little message that the movie has got - most of what's on television is stupid - is driven home with a mallet. The conclusion - people watch whatever is on, and if you give them "intelligent" television they'll be more than happy to imbibe it - is implausible, to say the least.

The acting and editing are awkward for the most part. The usually mediocre Gregor Bloéb shines as a sleek program director, but the rest of the cast is forgettable at best. From the get go, when Rainer (Moritz Bleibtreu) drives through the streets, drinking Vodka, toting a gun and a baseball bat, listening to "aggressive" music (Downset's "Anger"... Jesus Christ, you seriously live in the past, Weingartner), you can't help but wonder: Is this meant seriously? Is it just a dream sequence or something? Is it going to get better? The answers to those questions are Yes, No and No.

"Free Rainer" is an embarrassment, a career shatterer. Its intentions might have been good, but the result is a boring, unbelievable and annoying movie, that wishes it could maintain the anarchic power of "Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei" (which is awkwardly referenced as a "quality" movie in "Free Rainer"). Weingartner's next project will have to make up for this mess.


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