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4 Pals and a Dog Called Mozart (4 Freunde & 4 Pfoten)

4 Pals and a Dog Called Mozart
Scene from "4 Pals and a Dog Called Mozart" (photo © X Verleih/Warner Bros.)

For Robby and his pals Alex, Hedwig and Lilly, summer just isn't summer if it doesn't have one big adventure in it, like saving the world. But this summer, saving a little dog named Mozart will do. The kids find Mozart next to Auntie Mimi, who fell off a ladder in her back yard. The ladder, however, was sabotaged: someone tried to kill the little old lady! They take Mozart home with them, which promptly infuriates the mean-spirited janitor and, more dangerously, pits them against feared boxer Titus the Claw. Undaunted, the kids investigate and discover that the late, fabled singer Gloria Parmigiani left her entire fortune to her pet, Mozart, who is to be cared for by Auntie Mimi. Only after Mozart and Mimi die does Gloria's nephew Titus get the inheritance. Much too long for Titus who wants it now and will get rid of any four- or two-legged creatures who try to stop him. Soon, Robby, Alex and Hedwig are tied, bound, and locked in a basement. Their fate is in the hands of four-year-old Lilly, but she knows exactly where to go for help: to Titus the Claw's boxing rival, Monster Man…


Gabriele Heberling studied German Studies and Sport in Tuebingen, followed by studies at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin. She has worked as an editing assistant and as a directing assistant at the Schiller Theater in Berlin. Her shorts have screened at numerous international film festivals, with Yok winning the First Prize of the Pedagogical Academy Berlin. Since then, she has directed numerous TV movies, including: Bier - Anschlag auf das Oktoberfest (1997) and Die Kumpel (2001), several episodes for the television series the HeliCops - Einsatz ueber Berlin, Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei, and Im Namen des Gesetzes. 4 Pals and a Dog Called Mozart (4 Freunde & 4 Pfoten, 2003) is her feature film debut.
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Gabriele Heberling
Screenplay Markus Steffl
Cinematography Michael Bertl
Simone Klier
Don Philippe, FK Band
Uwe Riemer
Cast Alexander Gaul, Kai Michael Mueller, Martha Reckers, Nicole Mueller, Martin Semmelrogge, Michael Lott, Elisabeth Scherer, Axel Schulz
Producers Bernd Gaul, Guenter Fenner
Production Companies Saxonia Entertainment/Leipzig, Perfect Film/Berlin, in co-production with X Filme Creative Pool
Length 77 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Hyderabad 2003, Taiwan 2004
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, BKM
German Distributors X Verleih, Warner Bros. Pictures

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