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Mr. Woof (Herr Bello)

Mr. Woof
Scene from "Mr. Woof" (photo © collina Filmproduktion)

The young Max lives with his father, a pharmacist, and wishes that his mom were still alive. So when the attractive Verena rents the upstairs apartment and catches his father’s eye, Max is far from pleased.

One day his dad receives a mysterious growth potion that he tries out on his neighbor’s farm. It doesn’t work, but the potion has a strange side effect – it turns all the animals into humans!

When Woof, the stray dog that Max has found on the farm and taken as a pet, turns into a man, the quick-thinking boy hatches a plan: He’ll get Verena interested in Woof…and she’ll forget all about his dad.

However, although now human, Woof still barks, howls at the moon and sniffs around where a man really shouldn’t… and Max’s plan backfires. Then, when Max’s dad tries to explain the magic potion, Verena thinks he’s crazy and hastily flees with a broken heart.

But Woof, human or not, still has the chance to prove exactly why a dog really is a man’s best friend...


Ben Verbong studied at the Amsterdam Film and TV Academy from 1970-1974. His films include: DER SKORPION (1984), LILY WAS HERE (1989), HOUSE CALL (1996), SCHOCK - EINE FRAU IN ANGST (1998), KINDER DER GEWALT (1999), LIEBER, BOESER WEIHNACHTSMANN (1999), THE SLURB (DAS SAMS, 2001), HANNA - WO BIST DU? (2001), MY MAGICAL FRIEND SAMS (SAMS IN GEFAHR, 2003), MR. WOOF (HERR BELLO, 2007), LIKE IT OR NOT! (OB IHR WOLLT ODER NICHT!, 2008), and THE TRAPP FAMILY – A LIFE OF MUSIC (2015).
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Ben Verbong
Screenplay Ulrich Limmer, Paul Maar
Cinematography Jan Fehse
Alexander Dittner
Konstantin Wecker
Frank Polosek
Cast August Zirner, Armin Rohde, Sophie von Kessel, Manuel Steitz, Jan-Gregor Kremp, Barbara Schöneberger
Producer Ulrich Limmer
Production Company Collina Filmproduktion/Munich, in co-production with Constantin Film Produktion, B.A. Produktion/Munich, Starhaus Filmproduktion/Munich
Length 97 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BayerischerBankenFonds
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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