What to Do in Case of Fire R

What to Do in Case of Fire
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: November 12, 2002
  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - German
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Selection

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , &
Directed by
Screenwriting by &
Composition by &
Cinematography by
Produced by , &

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 24


User Ratings: 2,790
Rating: 3/4 -- You might not buy the ideas. But you'll definitely want the T-shirt.
Boston Globe
Sep 27, 2002
Rating: 2.5/4 -- It's all entertaining enough, but don't look for any hefty anti-establishment message in what is essentially a whip-crack of a buddy movie that ends with a whimper.
New York Post
Jul 28, 2002
[Schweiger is] talented and terribly charismatic, qualities essential to both movie stars and social anarchists. Full Review
L.A. Weekly
Sep 12, 2002
Rating: 3/4 -- An enthralling, entertaining feature. Full Review
San Francisco Chronicle
Aug 16, 2002
Rating: 2/4 -- For a film that celebrates radical, nonconformist values, What to Do in Case of Fire? lazily and glumly settles into a most traditional, reserved kind of filmmaking.
San Francisco Examiner
Aug 19, 2002
Rating: 2/5 -- The formula is executed with such efficiency that you can't help being entertained, right? Right? Jawohl! Full Review
Oct 15, 2003
Rating: B- -- It's like a "Big Chill" reunion of the Baader-Meinhof Gang, only these guys are more harmless pranksters than political activists. Full Review
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Jan 3, 2003

Product Description:

In the 1980s, Tim (Til Schweiger), his girlfriend Flo, and their roommates Terror, Hotte, Nele, and Maik--collectively known as Group 36--live as anarchist punks in an abandoned West Berlin building and film their subversive acts. The group disbands when the authorities evict the city's squatters, but not before Tim and company place a homemade bomb behind the door of an empty mansion. Fifteen years later, Tim and wheelchair-bound Hotte are still squatting--the only members of Group 36 who have stuck to their ideals. When the long-forgotten bomb is detonated, nearly killing two innocent people, veteran police detective Manowsky finally has an excuse to prosecute the former pranksters. Tim and Hotte are reunited with their old cohorts--who have become capitalists--as they attempt to prevent Manowsky from getting his hands on evidence that could incriminate them.

This German tale of friendship and change, the first from director Gregor Schnitzler, subverts its glossy production values with a distinctly anti-authoritarian tone. Opening with an energizing montage of the young characters clashing with police to a German punk song, WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF FIRE' immediately invigorates its audience with a strong sense of time and place. The likeable cast, headed by Schweiger (a major star in his native country) as a protagonist of dubious moral character, carries this unique and enjoyable coming-of-age tale.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: JULY 19, 2002 (NY/LA)
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 61,534
  • UPC: 043396080898
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