|Werner – Beinhart!|
|Directed by||Niki List (live action) |
Gerhard Hahn (animation)Michael Schaack (animation)
|Produced by||Bernd Eichinger|
|Written by||Ernst Kahl|
Voices (animated scenes):
|Distributed by||Constantin Film|
|29. November 1990|
|Budget||8 million Deutsche Mark|
|Box office||$24 million|
Werner – Beinhart! is the first German comedy-comic-film adaption based upon the most successful German comic Werner by "Brösel".
Shooting took place in Kiel, Flensburg and Berlin between June and September 1990.
The film contains animated sequences that are embedded in those of the live-action sequences, which form the background story.
The football-game-scene is from the comic Werner – Alles klar? (1982), the pipe burst scene (alias Lehrjahre II) derives from the book Werner – Normal ja! (1987), the road work scene (alias Lehrjahre I) is from Werner – Wer sonst? (1983), the TÜV-scene is seen in, Werner – Eiskalt! (1985), the hospital scene is from Werner – Wer sonst? and the eatery-scene derives from Werner – Oder was? (1981) and Werner – Normal ja!.
With 4.9 million tickets sold, it was the third most successful movie in theaters in Germany in 1990, behind Look Who's Talking and Pretty Woman , and one of the highest-grossing German films in the 1990s with a gross of $24 million (€19.7 million).
The film was followed by four sequels:
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