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Slurb, The (Sams, Das)

Slurb, The

Mr. Bruno Tasslespeare is a shy, mild-mannered man who lives a quiet, ordered life and makes a modest living as an umbrella designer. Almost everyone takes advantage of his good nature, especially his despotic boss, domineering landlady and pushy neighbor. But then a phenomenal, impish little creature appears out of nowhere and "adopts" Tasslespeare, turning his "grin and bear it" existence upside down and inside out. The Slurb, as Bruno names it, - a Speckled Little Unidentified Red-headed Being - is as sassy and mischievous as its adopted "papa" is bashful and reticent. After several failed attempts to rid himself of the Slurb, Bruno eventually becomes very fond of his new little friend. To top it all off, he discovers that the freckle-like blue dots on the Slurb's cheeks can make wishes come true - any wish at all. But wishes can backfire and Slurbs can be jealous and possessive, especially when Bruno falls for Miss March, the pretty new head of development at the umbrella factory. And when it rains, it pours ...


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).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Ben Verbong
Screenplay Ulrich Limmer, Paul Maar
Cinematography Klaus Eichhammer
Norbert Herzner
Nicola Piovani
Frank Polosek
Cast Eva Mattes, Christine Urspruch, Armin Rohde, Ulrich Noethen, August Zirner, Aglaia Szyszkowitz
Producers Ulrich Limmer, Rainer Kölmel
Production Company Starhaus Filmproduktion/Munich
Length 103 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French, Italian, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Berlin 2002 (German Cinema)
Awards German Film Awards 2002 for Best Children's Film & Best Supporting Actress
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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