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Exit To Heaven (Der Himmel kann warten)

Exit To Heaven

The two comedians, Alex and Paul, have been inseparable since childhood. Now they both hear that they have been selected for the final round of a comedy competition. Alex has just begun to prepare his programme when he finds out that he is suffering from an incurable bone cancer. Alex does not tell Paul the bad news - he hates sympathy. Instead, he decides to make Paul's greatest dream come true - by arranging for Paul to spend a day practising a comedy number with his great comic idol, Rob Patterson, a huge comedy star in Los Angeles. Alex catches the next plane to L.A., searching for Rob Patterson.

He soon discovers that the former king of comedy no longer performs. Nobody even knows where he lives. But a young man with death at his heels knows no fear. Alex is determined to achieve the impossible. He overcomes the obstacles, gets to meet his friend's idol, persuades him to help Paul rehearse the routine he is going to use for the competition, and so makes Paul's dream come true. Later Paul realises that this was a farewell present from his best friend. Alex's death is a terrible blow to him, but it finally makes Paul into what he has never been before: a comedian with a real soul.


Brigitte Mueller was born in 1957. She studied politics, sociology and philosophy at the University of Marburg. After completing her studies, she gained practical experience by working on a voluntary basis for a local newspaper and later for WDR. Since then she has been a free-lance scriptwriter, including television series for SAT.1, ARD and ZDF such as Staranwalt Dr. Feuerbach (1994/1995), Hallo Onkel Doc (1994/1995), Freunde fuers Leben (1995/1996) and St. Angela (1996). In 1994, she also developed and wrote the first ten episodes of the series Fuer alle Faelle Stefanie. Her later work includes the script for a TV movie Anna (RTL 1998), and script and direction of a further two episodes of St. Angela (1997) and of the cinema film Exit to Heaven (2000).
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Brigitte Mueller
Screenplay Brigitte Mueller
Cinematography Tom Fährmann
Biljana Grafwallner-Brezovskn, Judith Futar-Klahn
Rainer Oleak
Cast Jürgen Schornagel, Frank Giering, Steffen Wink, Regula Grauwiller, Tom Schilling, Catherine Flemming
Producers Ewa Karlström, Andreas Ulmke-Smeaton
Production Company SamFilm
Length 98 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich

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