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Jimmy the Kid

Jimmy the Kid

Somewhere in the Ruhr region. The experienced burglar Dortmunder who's getting on in years, his younger, modern girlfriend Charlie, the dreamer Kelp, the car expert Moersch and his ingenious taxi-driver mother are a gang of petty crooks,as likeable as they're unsuccessful, who haven't had a major heist for years. That's supposed to change at long last. When Kelp finds a book entitled Jimmy The Kid, he sees it as a sign from heaven: it depicts in a brilliant way the completely non-violent kidnapping of a little boy. Actually, nothing at all can go wrong.... However, the smaller problems begin when they start looking for the ideal boy, the bigger ones appear with the kidnapping itself: not only is Jenny Beckmann a girl, but she is also a genius whose IQ is way above that of her kidnappers.


Wolfgang Dickmann has been a director of photography since 1973. He became the first European to successfully use the Steadycam when he worked with Niklaus Schilling on Der Willi-Busch-Report in 1979. He received a German Film Award in 1983 for Schilling's Der Westen leuchtet and German Camera Prize nominations for Uwe Friessner's Baby and Hans-Christoph Blumenberg's Der Sommer des Samurai. He has since been cinematographer of around 50 TV plays and 17 cinema films, including John Derek's Tarzan, Soenke Wortmann's Mr. Bluesman and Georg Stefan Troller's Mord aus Liebe. He has also taken on directing chores since 1994 on TV productions like Annas Geheimnis and the two-parter Freiwild and his first project for the cinema, Jimmy The Kid (1997). His last film as a director was Die Bergwacht - Duell am Abgrund (TV, 2000).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 1997
Director Wolfgang Dickmann
Screenplay Peter Wohlgemut, Martin Rauhaus
Cinematography Wolfgang Dickmann
Corina Dietz
Day Dream
Cast Jophi Ries, Roman Knižka, Rufus Beck, Christiane Hoerbiger, Herbert Knaup, Leslie Malton
Producers Irma Frey, Peter Wohlgemut
Production Company Wohlgemuth Filmproduktion Cologne, in co-production with ZDF
Length 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from German Federal Film Board, TMK Beteiligungsgesellschaft, Koeln
German Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich

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