Bang Boom Bang - a surefire thing

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Original title Bang Boom Bang - a surefire thing
Bang boom bang logo.svg
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1999
length 104 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Peter Thorwarth
script Stefan Holtz ,
Peter Thorwarth
production Christian Becker ,
Thomas Häberle
music Rainer Kühn
camera Eckhard Jansen
cut Anja Pohl

The film Bang Boom Bang is a German film comedy from 1999. The film is set in Unna in Westphalia , which, along with Dortmund, was also one of the locations. With Bang Boom Bang Peter Thorwarth made his breakthrough as a director with almost half a million viewers.

Together with the films What does not fit, is made suitable (2002) and the less successful Golden Times (2006), which are also by Peter Thorwarth, Bang Boom Bang forms the so-called Unna trilogy .

While the film is rated for ages 12 and over, DVD is rated for ages 16 and over. The reason for this is the bonus material.


The casual crook Keek is in trouble after he has gambled away a large part of the booty from a bank robbery in horse betting, although the money is due to his imprisoned friend Karlheinz "Kalle" Grabowski. He did not reveal to Keek on the condition that he would get 90% of the loot after his release from prison. While in prison, Kalle orders a Mercedes 500 SEC of questionable origin from the petty criminal Ratte for DM 40,000 , which Keek is supposed to pick up. Since there is currently no money for the body, Keek links a Danish car dealer gang with fake 200 DM notes that he has from his friend Hilmi. Meanwhile, in prison, Kalle watches a porn film brought by Keek and made by Keek's friend Franky. But when Kalle sees his wife Manuela in action with Franky in the porn, he freaks out and escapes from prison. A little later, he unexpectedly stands at Keek's front door to pick up his Mercedes and take revenge on Franky. Together with Keek, Kalle makes his way to Franky's video library, in whose basement the porn studio is located. On the street in front of the building he sees the unsuspecting Franky and runs over him in cold blood. Kalle then goes into hiding with Keek, who is now looking for a way out to get the money for Kalle as quickly as possible.

The next evening, on behalf of his boss Werner Kampmann , the alcohol-dependent gulp was supposed to break into his haulage company alone and simulate a break-in because Kampmann wanted to cheat the insurance company. Kampmann has already sold the goods he has stored, which are laptops, to Romanian stolen goods. However, Schlucke has reported cockily about "his plan", which allegedly has a lot to get, which is why Ratte also found out about it and Keek sees his chance to raise the money for Kalle. The following night, Schlucke and Ratte sneak into Kampmann's company premises with Keek and his friend, the auto mechanic Andy, and break into the warehouse. Andy is against the burglary from the start, as he missed his appointment with Kampmann's trainee Melanie because of it. When they finally find the warehouse empty, they turn to the safe in the shipping company’s office, which Keek drills. However, it only contains files.

Suddenly Schlucke has disappeared and Rat also runs away. Now Andy is freaking out because of the pointless break-in, for which he also missed his rendezvous. Out of anger about the dirty evening, he kicks the open vault door, which falls into the lock and cuts off Keek's thumb. This is now in the safe, which can no longer be opened. Without further ado, they tie a chain around the safe and tear it out of its anchoring with Keek's car in order to drag it to the workshop of Andy's boss Willi. On the way there they are flashed with the safe in tow , whereupon Andy lets his anger run free and demolishes the flash box. Andy's boss is finally able to burn the safe open and then make it disappear, while Andy drives Keek to the hospital and has his finger sewn back on. Andy also learns from the safe files that his “fatherly friend” and president of his soccer club Kampmann, believing an irreparable knee injury, let him collect money from an insurance company.

The next day, Keek and Andy try to blackmail Kampmann with the files from his safe. After a failed handover - Kampmann cheats the two with a suitcase full of old newspapers - Andy freaks out again and kicks the trunk of Keek's mint green Ford Taunus . Both are horrified when the tailgate opens after the kick and they discover the dead gulp in the trunk. After burying him in the forest, they go to Ratte, believing that he killed Swallow. According to his account, however, Schlucke was choked. Keek and Andy find out that while breaking into the safe, Schlucke took the key to a locker and was caught by Ratte. To make the key disappear, probably tried to swallow it and choked on it. Keek and Andy dig up Schluck's corpse and actually find the key. Kampmann's black money from the business with the Romanians is in the locker at Dortmund Airport , which is why he is already there with his son Mark and keeps an eye on the lockers.

There is a showdown at the airport: At the lockers, Keek and Andy meet both Kalle and Kampmann. In the ensuing chaos, Kampmann is shot by Kalle, whereupon Kalle is in turn shot by plainclothes investigators who had been watching him. There is no Kampmann black money in the locker, just a sports bag full of erotic books, which is why Keek and Andy appear to be innocent.

As the viewer later found out, Kampmann's former trainee Melanie had stolen the money days beforehand with the help of long-term video surveillance of the combination lock. Melanie is also at the airport with a friend during the shooting. You can see them checking in for a flight to Mallorca and having the money in their hand luggage.


The budget was around 5 million Deutschmark appreciated. The film was shot on 39 to 40 days from August 25 to October 20, 1998, and production continued for a week after the end of shooting. The film premiered in Germany on August 26, 1999 and was shown on November 23, 1999 at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata in Argentina . Around 455,000 visitors were counted at the German box office. On September 18, 2000 the film was released in Germany on DVD and VHS .


The film was shot in Unna , Cologne and Dortmund as well as at Dortmund Airport in Holzwickede , which is on the city limits , where it was filmed at a petrol station and a hardware store.

Filming locations in detail:

  • The colliery in which Keek lives and the "Franky's Videopower" video library are located in the Buderus colony north of Unna-Massen and have remained almost unchanged to this day.
  • The site on which the Kampmann company set up the backdrop for the film is located on Industriestrasse in Unna-Königsborn and used to belong to the Unna public utility until they moved into their new headquarters at Bundesstrasse 1 in 1998 . At the time of shooting, there was only a warehouse on this property. All other sets were set up for the film with containers. Today there is a new housing estate there.
  • The shell of Kalle and Manuela Grabowski's single-family home is on Eintrachtstrasse at the corner of Reckerdingsmühle in Unna-Massen .
  • The scene in which Hilmi bets the money stolen from Keek and Kalle was shot at the Dortmund racecourse in Dortmund-Wambel .
  • The soccer field was on Brockhausstraße in Unna and no longer exists. Today (2020) the site is a wasteland. The scene in which the two youngsters demolish Keek's car was created on a gravel site on Ziegelstrasse , immediately to the west .
  • The gas station, working in what Andi, is located in Holzwickede at the North Street Corner Road , close to the airport Dortmund . However, the original building of the gas station with the residential building behind it has since been demolished and replaced by a new gas station building.
  • The scene at Schlucke's apartment was shot on Ahornstrasse in the south of Unna .
  • Both the outward and return journeys during the nightly burglary of the Kampmann forwarding company were filmed on the Bahnhofstrasse in Massener in Unna-Massen .
  • The ice cream parlor where Andi and Melanie meet was on Westfalendamm in Dortmund and has since been demolished.
  • The hardware store where Keek and Andy find the dead gulp in the trunk of their car was located in Holzwickede on Wilhelmstrasse and can be seen from a different angle in the background in the film "What doesn't fit is made to fit". The building now houses a pet supplies store.
  • The showdown was filmed in the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) at Dortmund Airport .


  • Since the theatrical release on August 26, 1999, the film has been shown regularly in the UCI cinema in Bochum. On August 28, 2009 there was a big birthday party for the tenth anniversary, the film was shown in front of over 2,400 guests in all 14 halls of the UCI in the Ruhr-Park. Fans re-enacted the entire film over several years of shooting; the world premiere took place on August 30, 2008 in Bochum's UCI cinema in the presence of Peter Thorwarth. The film has cult status among Borussia Dortmund's football fans , especially among the Ultras . It has already been shown twice in the “Kino im Stadion” campaign. In 2007 there was a discussion with the director Peter Thorwarth, in 2008 Ralf Richter was a guest in the stadium. There was also a choreography that dealt with the slogan “90 minutes of hardcore, real feelings”, which was put into the mouth in the film Jochen Nickel in the role of Franky.
  • "Bang Boom Bang" was the film debut for both director Peter Thorwarth and cameraman Eckhard Jansen , after they had both made the short films " What does not fit, is made to fit " and " Mafia, Pizza, Razzia " together. During the screening of this short film in Hof in November 1996, director Peter Thorwarth and producer Christian Becker came up with the idea for the film "Bang Boom Bang". The working title at the time was "Bank Boom Bang", as the film was originally supposed to be about a bank robbery. After Peter Thorwarth and Christian Becker met Hanno Huth and Alfred Holighaus from Senator Entertainment at the end of 1997, an offer was made for a co-production . With the help of Stefan Holtz , the work on the script was finished. The subsequent casting was carried out in-house without the use of a professional casting agency. Furthermore, Thorwarth was able to fall back on well-known people from around the HFF Munich for around 70% of his film crew . The producer Christian Becker explained: “With short films you usually work without a fee. We thought it was only fair that all the people who supported us back then should now get a paid job. ”The band H-Blockx was won over for the soundtrack , whose band leader Henning Wehland von Thorwarth and Becker at a concert of the“ Doctors ”in Unna was recognized and addressed by the audience. The H-Blockx contributed eight titles to the film's soundtrack and can also be seen in smaller roles in the film. Thorwarth also made a brief cameo as the lover of Kalle Grabowski's wife Manuela, when he was standing at the booking desk with Manuela in a scene at Dortmund airport after Kalle's outburst. Diether Krebs also played his last film role with his portrayal of the freight forwarder Kampmann, while Jochen Nickel in the role of the character Franky even got an appearance outside of the film, namely in the series Hausmeister Krause , where he in the episode "Die Notoperation" der first season can be seen as a cameraman during the porn shoot in Krause's apartment.
  • Nine re- shoots had to be scheduled on four additional shooting days. This additional shooting time was already planned in advance, admits producer Thomas Häberle : “Peter is one of the directors who suddenly has a great idea at the editing table. Then suddenly he wants to round up a lot of people again and shoot more scenes. We already knew this quirk from his short films and therefore planned additional shooting time from the start. And it was worth it - some of the best sequences were created during the 5–6 re-shoots. ”The final scenes were originally supposed to take place at Dortmund Central Station . However, since Deutsche Bahn was trying to improve its image with a PR campaign at the time of filming and was of the opinion that a scene showing firearms in the station building was detrimental to its own efforts, it refused to grant a filming permit for all facilities of the Deutsche Bahn on the federal territory and also requested appropriate script changes. Without further ado, the remaining scenes were relocated to Dortmund Airport, which does not have any lockers, so they had to be set up especially for the shoot. In addition, a filming permit was only given here for the evening and night hours from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. in order not to hinder the airport's operation.
  • While the age rating of 12 years applies to the main film, the bonus material on the “Deluxe Widescreen Edition DVD” is rated at 16 years old. The reason for this is that within the bonus material there is a short porno shot by the director, which was used in the main film for the video cassette that Keek brought Kalle Grabowski to prison. The bonus material on the DVD also includes an Easter egg - the director's short film “Mafia, Pizza, Razzia”. This can be found on the DVD in the “Cast & Crew” section under “Peter Thorwarth” by clicking on the small film flap on the right-hand side. The bonus material also includes three scenes that can be seen in the background of televisions in the main film, including the film from the surveillance camera from the bank robbery that once brought Kalle Grabowski to prison, the news coverage of his outbreak and the aforementioned short porno "holed" Jochen Nickel and Sabine Kaack . Also included is a film made with a handheld camera in the style of an amateur film, which shows Alexandra Neldel and Monica Nancy Wick after their escape with the looted money in Mallorca . The DVD also features an alternative ending, a glimpse behind the scenes, seven outtakes and eleven uncut scenes. The use of visual effects is shown in four selected scenes , in that the same scenes can be called up using or without special effects. Finally, the five main actors with comments on everything related to the film and crew can be found in the bonus material.
  • During the course of the plot, the stoner Keek, played by actor Oliver Korittke, wears various t-shirts from the punk rock bands Misfits and Ramones .
  • The two “skater kids” who try to sell Keek car radios and demolish his car in the film are Dustin Semmelrogge and Maxwell Richter , the sons of Martin Semmelrogge and Ralf Richter . In the scene in which the two teenage skaters damage the green car, actor Maxwell Richter wears a black T-shirt from the American industrial metal band Fear Factory with the cover of the 1998 album Obsolete on the chest. The police superintendent who gives the television interview about Kalle's escape is Karl Thorwarth, the director's father. He was also a police commissioner in Dortmund in real life and inspired his son, as Peter Thorwarth said in retrospect, because his "stories were much more vivid and the» crooks «much more human than I knew from television". While Keek watches the TV news about Kalle's prison break at home, there's a cardboard stand by actress Pamela Anderson on the 1996 action film, Barb Wire, next to his television .
  • The nocturnal drive with the safe in tow was filmed during the day and was digitally revised later during post-production .
  • In 2014 the radio station 1 Live broadcast a comedy series as a spin-off , in which Ralf Richter in his role as Kalle Grabowski speaks about current issues in the style of his film role.
  • In 2017 Ralf Richter slipped back into the role of Kalle Grabowski for the music video for "Wie ein Unkel" by the rapper Pillath .
  • On the occasion of the 20th anniversary in 2019, the television broadcaster Tele 5 will include the film in its program for one year, always on the night from Friday to Saturday. It started on August 23rd.


The soundtrack was released on August 30, 1999 by Sing Sing Records and BMG Musik Berlin . Most of the songs heard in the film are from the H-Blockx and were released on the soundtrack of the same name "Bang Boom Bang" . Jan Löchel , music producer from Münster and long-time friend of Henning Wehland from the H-Blockx, was involved in the production of the soundtrack.

No. Interpreter title Duration
1. Christian Kahrmann & Alexandra Neldel Kid tour 0:36
2. H-Blockx Time Of My Life 3:20
3. H-Blockx BLOCKX FM 4:00
4th H-Blockx Let it go 3:14
5. H-Blockx Going down 5:18
6th H-Blockx Til's theme 1:08
7th Ralf Richter Is that cool ... !? 1:16
8th. H-Blockx feat. Dr. Ring thing Hell Of A Guy (Whatever) 4:08
9. H-Blockx Fly (Chillout version) 3:34
10. H-Blockx Take Me Home 4:00
11. Lofilers On the move 3:19
12. Guano apes Get busy 3:25
13. Motorhead I don't believe a word 6:31
14th Lou Bega Tricky, tricky 3:24
15th Orange but Green Honesty (crime) 3:21
16. Dr. Ring-Ding & The Senior Allstars I know 3:54
17th Ellen ten Damme Get away 3:37
18th Diether Krebs & Christian Kahrmann alcoholic 0:52
19th Martin Semmelrogge Gulps 5:40
20th Diether Krebs & Christian Kahrmann Over all hills 0:26
21st Rainer Kühn Airport theme 4:31
22nd Rainer Kühn Keek & Andy 3:28
23. Rainer Kühn The Burglary 3:08

In addition, Keek and Andy sing the track “At 18” by Marius Müller-Westernhagen in the car , which is not included on the soundtrack. Müller-Westernhagen had never released one of his titles for use in a third-party cinema production, but Peter Thorwarth was able to convince him at a party within five minutes.

Director Peter Thorwarth and cameraman Eckhard Jansen were also responsible for the music video for the title “Time Of My Life” . This music video is included in the bonus material on the DVD.

Book about the film

A 108-page book on the film was published by Europa Verlag in 1999, also under the title "Bang Boom Bang" ( ISBN 978-3203841007 ).


The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung certified the “entertaining film for men between fifteen and forty-five” with its own local color and convincing characters.

The Süddeutsche Zeitung judged that director Thorwarth allowed himself “templates on which the over-correct 'clichéd' and 'misogynist' only had to tick”, with the rhythm of the language and background stories becoming more important than the plot. The feeling develops that you really enjoy spending time with the characters, while it is not so important what exactly they do.

According to the Lexikon des Internationale Films , it is a “dramaturgically half-baked, at times shoddy Ruhrpottklamotte, whose vulgar tone seems just as fake as some cynicisms staged just for the sake of a gag. The film is only entertaining if it is bumpy cut and in some cases incorrectly cast if it develops its humor from the images. "


The Wiesbaden film evaluation agency awarded the film the rating of “valuable”. At the Munich Film Festival in 1999 , Peter Thorwarth received the "Director's Promotional Award". In 2000 the film received the "VGF Award" at the Bavarian Film Prize.

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f g h i j k l "The genesis of» Bang Boom Bang «" ( Memento of the original from July 3, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Interview by Hartmut Geisler with Eckhard Jansen , August 1, 1999  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. a b budget and box office results according to the Internet Movie Database
  3. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Bonus material on the DVD: "Notes"
  4. Start dates according to the Internet Movie Database
  5. Bonus material on the DVD: "Main Menu"
  6. Locations according to the Internet Movie Database
  7. Endurance runner in the cinema. March 19, 2015, accessed March 19, 2015 .
  8. ^ Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung : Film: Ten Years of “Bang Boom Bang” , Bochum / Unna, Andreas Böhme, August 28, 2009
  9. a b c d e f g Bonus material on the DVD: "Special Features"
  10. a b Background information according to the Internet Movie Database
  11. Bonus material on the DVD: "Story - Foreword"
  12. 1 Live : Kalle Grabowski: Kalle Grabowski from "Bang Boom Bang" is back ... , accessed on August 16, 2014
  13. Popshot: Pillath - Uncle of the Nation (with, inter alia, Snaga, Sido and PA Sports) - Popshot . In: Popshot . ( [accessed on January 20, 2017]).
  14. "Bang Boom Bang": Tele 5 repeats cult film every Friday for one year , accessed on September 1, 2019
  15. a b Bonus material on the DVD: "Stab"
  16. About ( Memento of the original from January 23, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed February 10, 2013 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  17. Frank Kaspar: There is a Horst in the hallway - Tarantino in the Ruhr area: "Bang Boom Bang". In: . Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , March 1, 2001, archived from the original on December 6, 2011 ; Retrieved April 6, 2016 .
  18. Süddeutsche Zeitung
  19. Bang Boom Bang - A surefire thing. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film Service , accessed June 22, 2013 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  20. Bang Boom Bang - A surefire thing in the German Film and Media Rating (FBW) online
  21. a b Awards according to the Internet Movie Database

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