Film Info: Boxprinz, Der

Boxing Prince, The (Boxprinz, Der)

Boxing Prince, The

The film tells the life story of Norbert Grupe alias "Prince Wilhelm of Homburg". He was a fearsome boxing legend in the sixties and seventies and lived lavishly in the red-light district of Hamburg, borough of St. Pauli, ruining himself completely.

"A big German boxing promise", that's what they call him at the beginning. He is called the "Beatle-Boxer" because of his long hair. He is given the title of a "Rowdy Boxer" when his criminal activities outside the boxing ring intensify. After all, it's an explosive mixture between violence and pop which transformed him into one of the first German pop icons.

Another aspect of his life story is his playing with the media, which he never quite understood. They limited his provocative manners but also encouraged his escapades in order to exhibit him in front of the audience. That is exactly the well-known mixture of the Germans' double standard of moral and sensation.


Gerd Kroske Born in Dessau, eastern Germany, in 1958, Gerd Kroske originally trained in the construction industry before moving into cultural work with young people and studying cultural sciences at Berlin's Humboldt University. He then studied directing at Babelsberg film-school, from 1987 working in the DEFA documentary film studios. Kroske made his directorial debut in 1989, with Cassiber, which he also scripted. In 1991 he became a freelance writer and director and five years later moved into production. Among his many credits are the 1993/4 Terminus Brest (Bahnhof Brest; Grand Prix du Cinéma du réel, Paris 1995), the 1996/7 Sweep It Up, Swig It Down (Kehrein, Kehraus; Runner-Up Price, Yamagata International Film Festival) and the 1996/7 Galera (1997 Audience Award, 2. Lobby-Filmfest, Frankfurt). The The Boxing Prince (Der Boxprinz, 2002) won the Prix du Long Métrage TSR - ex aequo -, Visions du réel 2000, at the Nyon film festival in Switzerland.
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2002
Director Gerd Kroske
Screenplay Gerd Kroske
Cinematography Susanne Schüle
Karin Gerda Schoening
Archie Shepp, Charly Parker
Cast Norbert Grupe
Producer Gerd Kroske
Production Company Realistfilm/Berlin, in co-production with WDR, SWR/Stuttgart, SR, Saarbruecken
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Nyon 2000 (Prix du Long Métrage - ex aequo), Munich 2000: Documentary Film Festival, Vienna 2000, Duisburg 2000
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Kulturelle Filmfoerderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Filmbuero NW

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