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  • Actors: Christoph M. Ohrt, Carin C. Tietze, Tim Bergmann, Oliver Stokowski, Rudolf Kowalski
  • Directors: Rolf Silber
  • Writers: Rolf Silber, Rudolf Bergmann
  • Producers: Gerd Huber, Jochen Löscher, Renate Seefeldt, Silvia Koller
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: German, Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: Sept. 23 2003
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000B1A36

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daryl B on May 24 2004
Format: DVD
Christoph is a cop, who's girlfriend is fed up with him and replaces him with a steroid induced hulk---forcing him out of their apartment. After a night of drinking, Christoph ends up in the bed of a young man named Tim, uncertain of what happened during the night. With no place to go, Christoph is forced to stay with Tim, a young gay man who does body work on cars. Added to the mix, are two partners of Christoph, one a good friend and the other a woman, who becomes a possible love interest for Christoph. Their are several things going on at once---Tim working on stolen cars, a stake out, and the blossoming romance of Christoph and his female partner. The story also looks at homophobia from the eyes of a man who was once "king of the gay jokes" as his buddy puts it, and gives us the chance to see him grow once he is put in the situation of seeing what homophobia can be like for a gay man. The story is well written and the actors give good performances. I wasn't sure that I would like this movie but I enjoyed it very much. I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lind on Nov. 8 2003
Format: DVD
Christoph is having a bad day. The macho but somewhat self-involved police detective gets thrown out of his fiance's apartment, loses his possessions, and passes out drunk at a bar. The next morning isn't working out much better, as he wakes up hungover ... and in the bed and arms of a gay man, Tim, who refuses to tell him if anything "happened" other than sleep. A shortage of apartments and hotel rooms forces Christoph to accept Tim's offer to let him stay until he finds a place of his own. They come to an understanding: Christoph makes it clear that he is straight. Tim makes it clear that he is in love with Christoph.
This is the basic premise of the 1996 German film "Echte Kerle (Regular Guys)", a witty romantic comedy featuring some very funny scenes and good acting. Adding to the mix are Christoph's police partners, one male and one female (the latter interested in Christoph), as well as some light details of a case the three of them are working on. It also becomes known that Tim may be involved in fixing up and selling stolen vehicles, which puts Christoph (and his partners, who meet and like Tim) in a difficult position. When undercover cops staking out Tim's garage see him with Christoph, the rumor spreads that Christoph is gay, and he hillariously decides not to fight the rumor.
In German with English subtitles, but I had no problems whatsoever following the story via the latter (Even though I don't understand more than a couple of words of German, I suspect the translators may have taken some literary license in doing so, as sometimes several lines in German are translated as a one or two syllable English word. But the story flows very well, and the laughs seem to come at the appropriate parts in either language). I'll give it 3 stars out of 5, and recommend it for those who like comedies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth O. Connor on April 20 2008
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Here'a cool little German flick by Rolf Silber about three cops on a stakeout and the confusion that ensues as they misinterpret each others' personal lives. Bouquets: The opening credit sequence is a hoot. Bricks: It tries too hard to look like an American film & is marred by a somewhat confusing ending. You can confidently add this one to your gay import collection but (once again) consider yourself warned... it's 90 minutes of reading.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniela on Dec 7 2003
Format: DVD
It is very hard for Germans to do comedies - and to do them well. This film is one of the best examples. The story is easy to follow, the complications foreseeable but funny nonetheless. The ending is happy for everybody. Light entertainment - what more can you ask for. I'm from Germany and was very happy to find this movie. I will add it to my collection for German DVDs. It's good for the (German) soul and nice for my husband who tries to learn German.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
A Breezy, Entertaining and Refreshingly Honest Comedy April 21 2005
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
ECHTE KERLE or REGULAR GUYS is a polished little 1996 comedy from Germany that manages to tell a tale of mixing genders and satisfy all viewers no matter their viewpoint. Rarely has a film handled straight/gay juxtapostions with such an unbiased, honest and relaxed vantage. So often these gender bender films have the look of mini-budget movies, but this film as directed by Rolf Silber based on a screenplay by Silber and Rudolf Bergmann is photographed with panache by Jürgen Herrmann is slickly creative and wholly professional.

Christoph Schwenk (Christoph Ohrt) is a plainclothesman police officer who does stakeouts spying on criminals with his partners Mike (Oliver Stokowski) and Helen (Carin Tietze). As the film opens Christoph is thrown out of his place by his 'ignored' girlfriend who has replaced him with a bodybuilder lover. Dismayed and angry, Christoph begins to drink, loses his car keys, his belongings on the street, and ends up with no place to stay as he stumbles into a gay bar where he passes out completely drunk. When he awakens he discovers he is in the arms of Edgar, a handsome auto mechanic who rehabs cars (?stolen?) and the question arises as to whether the two had sex during the night. Edgar is a kind and gentle man who evades this question, obviously feeling an attraction to Christoph. Edgar clothes Christoph so that he can find a place to stay and make it to work at the current stake out which just happens to be spying on car thieves.

At work Mike and Helen notice something different in the paranoid Christoph who is more interested in finding an apartment and resolving his question of the previous night's sexual occurrences than he is with work. Unable to find any kind of hotel or apartment at all, he sleeps in his car until he eventually has the nerve to accept Edgar's offer for him to move in with him. Christoph makes it clear that is his Straight and Edgar makes it equally clear that he is Gay and likes Christoph.

The relationship between Christoph and Edgar gradually strengthens, the threat of sexuality weakens to the point that as Christoph is seen in public with Edgar and when razed at work, Christoph sides with the idea of appearing gay and has a wonderful locker room confrontation with his fellow cops that says a lot about the barriers between gays and straights! Slowly, as Christoph settles into his new living conditions, he becomes enamored with Helen who is more than ready to pursue Christoph as she notices his 'machoisms' dwindle. At the same time Edgar's weekend lover Marco (Andreas Pietschmann) causes Christoph to query his surprising 'jealousy'. The three police become friendly with Edgar and Marco and when it seems they may be involved in the car theft ring under stakeout, they each find it easier to turn the other cheek and support each other.

The ending pairs off the various members of this story in a warm and funny way, a manner which some may find predictable, but still satisfying and allowing all barriers to be down.

The cast is uniformly excellent - the cameo supporting roles are very well done - and for once a film about straight perceptions of gay life makes ALL of the characters non-stereotyped: the men are all handsome hunks and the women are all beauties. This is light entertainment, a comedy with a message well stated. Grady Harp, April 05.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
aka "REGULAR GUYS", Witty romantic comedy Nov. 8 2003
By Bob Lind - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Christoph is having a bad day. The macho but somewhat self-involved police detective gets thrown out of his fiance's apartment, loses his possessions, and passes out drunk at a bar. The next morning isn't working out much better, as he wakes up hungover ... and in the bed and arms of a gay man, Tim, who refuses to tell him if anything "happened" other than sleep. A shortage of apartments and hotel rooms forces Christoph to accept Tim's offer to let him stay until he finds a place of his own. They come to an understanding: Christoph makes it clear that he is straight. Tim makes it clear that he is in love with Christoph.
This is the basic premise of the 1996 German film "Echte Kerle (Regular Guys)", a witty romantic comedy featuring some very funny scenes and good acting. Adding to the mix are Christoph's police partners, one male and one female (the latter interested in Christoph), as well as some light details of a case the three of them are working on. It also becomes known that Tim may be involved in fixing up and selling stolen vehicles, which puts Christoph (and his partners, who meet and like Tim) in a difficult position. When undercover cops staking out Tim's garage see him with Christoph, the rumor spreads that Christoph is gay, and he hillariously decides not to fight the rumor.
In German with English subtitles, but I had no problems whatsoever following the story via the latter (Even though I don't understand more than a couple of words of German, I suspect the translators may have taken some literary license in doing so, as sometimes several lines in German are translated as a one or two syllable English word. But the story flows very well, and the laughs seem to come at the appropriate parts in either language). I'll give it 3 stars out of 5, and recommend it for those who like comedies.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly Interesting July 29 2005
By Michael L. Wiersma - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I'm a person who rarely watches a movie in one sitting, but I could barely pull myself away from this amusing and insightful German film that covers a lot of bases about our attitudes toward same-sex (and opposite sex) love.

In a nutshell, our protagonist is thrown out by his fiancee and lands in the eager arms (or more?) of a chipper, kindly, patient gay man, who just might be repairing stolen cars, which is a problem because the main character (and his friends) are cops. Although it is never clear just exactly how far the two men go during this first drunken interlude, it makes less and less difference as the story evolves and their affection for each other grows. Of course there are other affections developing too, and it's really all quite interesting and somewhat insightful.

The acting is good, the story interesting, the secondary characters colorful, and the pacing is great. The ending was maybe a little trite, but cute and good enough to leave you feeling satisfied and entertained.

I wonder if the translations from German were entirely correct, as sometimes the dialog was a bit choppy, and the translation may account for this. So, if you can get past the subtitles, (and I think you will want to) I recommend this as an amusing and interesting film which will keep you interested and make you think right up until the end. This is a strong foreign film that is worth your time.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
FEEL GOOD MOVIE THAT WILL MAKE YOU SMILE Jan. 21 2005
By James from the Hudson Valley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The original German title is "Echte Kerle". This film is a fun well-paced gay friendly romantic farce about a "straight" police officer and his sexual identity. A great plot twist at the end puts a smile on your face. The film has some great characters (some stereotypical) and enough suspense to keep you interested to the very end. You can hear sex (neighbors above or X rated porn theater below the stake-out place) but no on screen graphic sex. It is a pleasure to see a film about everyday people. All the main characters (straight and gay) are likeable. The film is in German with English subtitles, has a few trailers but no other extras. The soundtrack includes the Commodores' Nightshift and Marvin Gaye's Sexual Healing giving the film a nostalgic 80's feeling. Highly recommended. Also, good price from Amazon.com (I bought it from another site at a significantly higher price).
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Regular guys you'd like to know! Nov. 19 2011
By Scadhog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Utterly charming and very funny romantic comedy about sexual confusion. Straight cop, Chris (Christoph M. Ohrt) is afraid he is gay. Edgar, (Tim Bergmann), a gay mechanic involved in shady dealings, hopes Chris isn't. Toss in Chris' partners Helen (Carin C. Tietze), who is looking for Mr. Right, and Mike (Oliver Stokowski) who is looking for who knows what, and you have complications, to say the least.

The film is warm and witty and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. Ohrt, Bergmann, Tietze and Stokowski make a superb comic team, and play off one another beautifully. This is a sweet-natured and totally non-judgmental movie that pokes fun at everyone, yet never at his or her expense. Everybody--straight, gay, male, female--is shown with all the warts and blemishes and humanity intact. There are no good guys or bad guys, only regular guys (and girls). Terrific!


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