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Rudi Ruessel

Rudi Ruessel

Father Egyptologist (unemployed), mother teacher, three delightful children - the Guetzkows could be a happy family. If a pig called Rudi hadn't permanently mixed up their family peace and quiet. Rudi ingratiates himself, Rudi disturbs the domestic bliss, Rudi bites the football referee in his posterior, Rudi chases off a burglar and, not least of all, Rudi is a successful racing pig - in the end, Rudi gets into real danger, but he is, of course, saved.

Rudi Ruessel is a brilliantly cast and wildly entertaining comedy for the whole family - which, quite incidentally, also says something about the state of the nineties in Germany.


Peter Timm was born in East Germany in 1950. In 1969, he began studies at the East Berlin Drama School. In 1976, he moved to Frankfurt and started working as a writer, actor and director. In 1981, he wrote the screenplay for the award-winning Meier, which he filmed four years later. His other films include: Fifty Fifty (1988), Go, Trabi, Go (1991), Manta - der Film (1991), Pauline In Between (Ein Mann fuer jede Tonart, 1992), Simply Love (Einfach nur Liebe, 1993), Rudy, The Racing Pig (Rennschwein Rudi Ruessel, 1995), The Cleaning Ladies Island (Die Putzfraueninsel, 1996), Dumm gelaufen (1996), Ferkel Fritz (TV, 1997), Millennium Love (TV, 1998), Der Zimmerspringbrunnen (2001), Familie XXL (2002), My Brother is a Dog (Mein Bruder ist ein Hund, 2004), Rudy - The Return of the Racing Pig (Rennschwein Rudi Ruessel 2, 2006), and Beloved Berlin Wall (Liebe Mauer, 2009).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Director Peter Timm
Screenplay Ulrich Limmer, Uwe Timm
Cinematography Fritz Seemann
Christel Suckow
Detlef F. Petersen
Cast Iris Berben, Edgar Selge, Ulrich Mühe, Karl Lieffen, Cora Sabrina Grimm, Kristina Pauls, Constantin von Jascheroff
Producer Günter Rohrbach
Production Companies Günter Rohrbach, Senator Film Produktion
Length 97 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
With backing from Bayerische Film- und Fernsehfoerderung
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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