Die Wilden Kerle 2003
Die Wilden Kerle: Alles ist gut, solange du wild bist! (original title)
PG | 1h 34min | Family | 2 October 2003 (Germany)
A home-made soccer team of kids have to get ready for a match against the team that has taken the kids’ field to play and won’t give it back unless they lose a match against the kids.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated PG for some rude behavior, mild language, smoking and a brief crude gesture
This is a German remake of the 1976 classic Bad News Bears, though rewritten to appeal to a more international audience. Bad News Bears is about minor league baseball, something very familiar within the American culture. Die Wilden Kerle is about a bunch of kids wanting to play a ball game, something very familiar just about anywhere on this planet.
The movie is in German, a language I had studied as a child but am rather rusty in now. But the cinematography and the acting were both excellent and completely made up for the fact that I understood at most 10% of the spoken language. It only proves that picture is worth a thousand words. And since a 96 minute movie contains more than eight million pictures…
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It made me feel young again. I have heard it is a big hit in Germany. I can see why! This movie definitely deserves to be seen all over the world. If you can get your hands on it, you will enjoy it, too.
Director: Joachim Masannek
Writer: Joachim Masannek
Stars: Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht, Raban Bieling, Sarah Kim Gries
Release Date: 2 October 2003 (Germany)
Filming Locations: Prague, Czech Republic