1½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde
|1½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde|
German Theatrical Poster
|Directed by||Til Schweiger|
|Produced by||Til Schweiger
|Written by||Oliver Philipp
|Music by||Stefan Hansen
|Edited by||Charles Ladmiral
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Running time||115 minutes|
1½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde (German: 1½ Ritter – Auf der Suche nach der hinreißenden Herzelinde) is a 2008 German film directed by Til Schweiger. It stars Til Schweiger, Rick Kavanian, Julia Dietze, Thomas Gottschalk and Udo Kier. The film centers on two knights, Lanze (Schweiger) and Erdal (Kavanian) who are trying to save kidnapped Princess Herzelinde (Dietze) from the Black Knight (Tobias Moretti). Some characters from Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner, such as Siegfried (Thierry van Werveke) and Brünnhilde (Stefanie Stappenbeck) appear in the film.
- Til Schweiger as Knight Lanze
- Rick Kavanian as Half–Knight Erdal
- Julia Dietze as Princess Herzelinde
- Thomas Gottschalk as King Gunther
- Udo Kier as Luipold Trumpf
- Tobias Moretti as the Black Knight
- Mark Keller as Prince Gustav
- Ralph Herforth as Walter Sattler
- Gregor Bloéb as Jailer
- Thierry van Werveke as Siegfried
- Stefanie Stappenbeck as Brünnhilde
- Tim Wilde as Jailer's Assistant
- Anna Maria Mühe as Magd
- Denis Moschitto as the Archer
- Hannelore Elsner as Hexe
- Johannes Heesters as an old scientist
- Dieter Hallervorden as the Horse Seller
- Roberto Blanco as Roberto
- Helmut Markwort as the Chief of the Tabloid
The film earned mostly negative reviews from film critics. German journal Sueddeutsche Zeitung (South German Newspaper) described it as an "embarrassing parade of celebrities", "[...] Til Schweiger has got both the critics and the press hate him for this film. Not without a reason. [...] The film is just as lame as its trailer identifies it". TV Movie.de wrote, "If the jokes were better and go beyong adolescent jokes, it would become a real comedy". Cinefacts.de added that "Til [Schweiger] once again tried in the comedy genre, but that, unlike his previous films Barfuss and Keinohrhasen, it lacks gags". Dorit Koch from General Anzeiger Bonn wrote "Though the film lacks good gags, the famous cast will attract the audience". Cinema.de described the film as a "shallow medieval farce with a few funny ideas". "Til Schweiger directs and stars his middle age film with childish jokes and the Monty Python style. You can try to find it funny, but you won't", the Welt wrote.
The 1½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde soundtrack album was released through the Interscope Records on 19 December 2008, and includes the song "Walta Sattla", performed by Til Schweiger. In the review of the album, the Bild wrote that "unlike the film itself, the soundtrack is just beautiful, not a funny parade".
|Germany||18 December 2008||1½ Ritter – Auf der Suche nach der hinreißenden Herzelinde|
|Switzerland||18 December 2008||1½ Ritter – Auf der Suche nach der hinreißenden Herzelinde|
|Austria||19 December 2009||1½ Ritter – Auf der Suche nach der hinreißenden Herzelinde|
|Russia||26 February 2009||Полтора рыцаря: В поисках похищенной принцессы Херцелинды|
|Hungary||26 March 2009||1 és 1/2 lovag – Az elbűvölő Herzelinde hercegnő nyomában||Straight-to-DVD|
- "Willst du meine Lanze schmirgeln?". R. Gansera (Süddeutche.com). 20 December 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
- "1½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde". TV Movie.de (TV Movie.de). 21 August 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
- "1½ Ritter – Auf der Suche nach der hinreißenden Herzelinde: Filmkritik". Harald Mühlbeyer (Cinefacts.de). 9 August 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
- "Til Schweigers Zeitreise in ein Mittelalter, wie es in keinem Geschichtsbuch steht". Dorit Koch (General Anzeiger Bonn). 18 December 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
- "1½ Ritter – Auf der Suche nach der hinreißenden Herzelinde". Cinema.de (Cinema.de). 18 December 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
- "Zoten und Keulen – "1 1/2 Ritter" schlägt zu". Timo Zenker (Welt). 18 December 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
- "Diverse "O.S.T. 1 1/2 Ritter"". Bild (Bild). 19 December 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
- Official Website
- 1½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde at the Internet Movie Database