Film: Bang Boom Bang

Bang Boom Bang is a German comedy movie from 1999, directed and written by Peter Thorwarth. It's the first part of his "Unna Trilogy".

In short: It's a dirty, but very funny movie about small criminals - a bit like an early Guy Ritchie movie transplanted to Germany. For the full plot, see the synopsis.


Examples:

  • The Alcoholic: Schlucke.
  • The Alleged Car: Keek's mint-green Ford Taunus. After the movie, it's in even worse shape.
  • Ax-Crazy: Kalle is dangerous.
  • Bad Boss: Kampmann sr.
  • Bad Guys Play Pool: And make porn movies on pool tables.
  • Berserk Button: Kalle doesn't react well when he learns that his wife appeared in a home porn movie.
    • Don't throw your cigarette butt into Schlucke's grave. Andy still has some respect left for the old guy.
  • Black Comedy: Especially the scenes around the funeral.
  • The Cameo: German star Til Schweiger plays a footballer (with fake dreadlocks and in blackface). The director also has one.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Kampmann jr, who tries to hit on Melanie.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The video. Melanie's cell phone.
  • Chekhov's Gunwoman: Melanie, intern in Kampmann's firm, who likes to play around with her cell phone. Which she uses to film Kampmann when he enters the combination.
  • Cool Car: The Mercedes Kalle orders while in prison and later pimps up. Well, at least he thinks it's a cool car.
  • Counterfeit Cash: Hilmi gives it to Keek and tells him to mix it with real money. "They screwed us, we screw someone else." Note: The money is so fake you even notice if you only glimpse at it.
  • Crime After Crime: After breaking in at Kampmann's, stealing the safe and demolishing the building to do so, they also have to destroy a radar trap they were caught on.
  • The Danza: Hilmi Sözer as Hilmi
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Melanie and her friend appear in bikinis (they're going to Spain after all), so the men at the x-ray machine don't notice the huge stack of paper money in her bag.
  • Double Entendre: "Eingelocht", the title of the porn movie.
  • Dumb Blonde: Melanie, intern in Kampmann's firm. As Kampmann says, she was only hired for having perfect 90-60-90 measurements. Subverted - at the end, she takes the money!
  • Easter Egg: The DVD also contains the short movie "Mafia, Pizza, Razzia" by Thorwarth.
  • Eat the Evidence: Schlucke with the key for the locker. It's what kills him.
  • Fat Bastard: Kampmann sr.
  • Fingore: When the frustrated Andy slams the safe door, Keek's thumb is severed. Making things more complicated: It's in the safe now, and the lock is damaged. In an emergency operation, it's reattached.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender: Schlucke
  • Important Haircut: After breaking out, Kalle cuts off his long hair. And gets a way too deep tan at the tanning studio.
  • Insurance Fraud: Kampmann likes to do this.
  • Jaded Washout: Schlucke
  • Lovable Loser: Keek
  • Love Interest: Melanie and Andy. It doesn't work out.
  • Meaningful Nickname: "Schlucke" bluntly hints that he's got a drinking problem. "Ratte"... see: You Dirty Rat.
  • My Girl Is Not a Slut: Kalle expects this from Manuela. The reality is the very opposite.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Keek (real name: Dirk), Schlucke, Ratte
  • The Password Is Always Swordfish: The safe combination is 90-60-90 (Melanie's measurements, 36-24-36 in inches).
  • Police Are Useless: Definitely in the one scene where they appear in Keek's apartment to look for Kalle. All the time, he's lying under the couch. And then, one policeman tries to flip a cigarette and catch it with his mouth, drops it on the floor next to Kalle - but then decides to not pick it up.
    • Later, they manage to shoot Kalle and arrest Kampmann. It's like realistic police work: They catch some criminals, other ones... not.
  • Safecracking: Keek, of all people, can do it. Not however if one of his thumbs is ripped off.
  • The Stoner: Keek
  • Stupid Crooks: Keek really isn't that competent.
  • Subtropical Epilogue: Noone but Melanie in Mallorca, Spain.
  • Suitcase Full Of Money: What Keek wants from Kampmann.
  • Trunk Shot: As a Shout-Out to Pulp Fiction.
  • Write What You Know: Thorwarth's father was a German policeman and told him many interesting stories from work. Of all the German criminal movies, this is one of the most realistic.
  • You Dirty Rat: One of the criminals is nicknamed "Ratte".
  • Your Cheating Heart: Manuela - Kalle's wife who works in a video store - doesn't see why she shouldn't have sex while her husband is doing time. "Am I supposed to live like a nun?" However, acting in a porn movie may have been too much. ——