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Late Show

Welcome to the cutthroat world of entertainment. Radio moderator Hannes Engel gets the chance of a lifetime: TELE C's program director Conrad Scheffer, who is totally stressed out by the never-ending disputes among his colleagues and the channel's incredibly low ratings, wants Hannes to host the Late Show with its audience of millions: Hannes' girlfriend Maria, a television series star, who has just thrown her career out of the window and turned her back on the whole business, is not enthusiastic. Scheffer's colleague and ex-lover Carla, on the other hand, is quite thrilled; she is working her way up the ladder of success and Hannes will fit right into her schemes. Scheffer, who is congratulating himself on having saved the day, is completely flabbergasted when Dr. August Beer, one of the station's financiers, tells him off.
Beer has been impatiently waiting for the station to go bankrupt...


Helmut Dietl was born in 1944 in Bad Wiessee and studied Theater and Art History. He then started working in television as a floor manager before going to Munich's Kammerspiele Theater to become an assistant director. His first work as a director for television was the series Muenchner Geschichten in 1973. He followed this by serving as a producer for an independent production company and directed such legendary TV series as Der ganz normale Wahnsinn (1978), Monaco Franze (1983), and Kir Royal (1986). His award-winning films include: Der Durchdreher (1979), Schtonk! (1992), Rossini oder Die moerderische Frage, wer mit wem schlief (1996), Late Show (1999), and About the Looking for and the Finding of Love (Vom Suchen und Finden der Liebe, 2004).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 1999
Director Helmut Dietl
Screenplay Helmut Dietl, Christoph Müller
Cinematography Gernot Roll
Inez Regnier
Stephan Zacharias
Cast Jasmin Tabatabai, Veronica Ferres, Thomas Gottschalk, Harald Schmidt
Producers Helmut Dietl, Alfred Hürmer
Production Company Diana Film/Munich
Length 107 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Cairo 2000, Berlin 2000 (German Films)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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