Men in the City

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Men in the City
Directed by Simon Verhoeven
Produced by Quirin Berg
Max Wiedemann
Screenplay by Simon Verhoeven
Starring Christian Ulmen
Nadja Uhl
Wotan Wilke Möhring
Music by Simon Verhoeven
Wolfgang Hammerschmid
Rufus Martin
Cinematography Jo Heim
Edited by Stefan Essl
Production
company
Warner Bros. Pictures Germany
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • 8 October 2009 (2009-10-08) (Austria)
Running time 107
Country Germany
Language German

Men in the City (German: ''Männerherzen''; "Men's Hearts") is a 2009 German comedy film directed by Simon Verhoeven with Christian Ulmen, Nadja Uhl and Wotan Wilke Möhring. The film was followed by ''Männerherzen… und die ganz ganz große Liebe in 2011.

Plot[edit]

Five men attend the same gym in Berlin. None of them seem to have anything in common, but all five have not enough confidence to meet or develop relationships with the opposite sex, and what it really means to be a man or what women expect of them. Günther Stobanski, portrayed by Christian Ulmen, fails with Internet dating, music producer Jerome Ades, portrayed by Til Schweiger, passes from a sentimental break-up story to another. Roland Feldberg, a train driver portrayed by Wotan Wilke Möhring, snubs his wife Susanne Feldberg portrayed by Nadja Uhl. The girlfriend of Philip Henrion, portrayed by Maxim Mehmet, becomes pregnant at a young age. Niklas Michalke, a solicitor portrayed by Florian David Fitz, is terrified by his impending marriage, while Bruce Berger, a singer portrayed by Justus von Dohnányi, tries to pursue his singing career.

Cast[edit]

Themes[edit]

The main theme of the film is the search for love and happiness, and the fear of being alone, but love is a battlefield and it's worth fighting for the woman you love.

Production[edit]

Men in the city was financed by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg Gmbh Film and German Federal Film Board Film Financier, and filmed in Berlin, Germany.

Writing and production credits

Release[edit]

Men in the city was first released in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland on 8 October 2009. The film was screened on 23 October 2010 at the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in San Francisco, United States.

Home media[edit]

The DVD release of the film was premiered on 2 December 2010 in Russia.

Film distributors[edit]

  • Ster-Kinekor – theatrical distributor
  • Warner Bros. Pictures International – foreign theatrical distributor
  • Independent Distributors – foreign theatrical distributor
  • Beta Film – theatrical distribution sales

Reception[edit]

Music and soundtrack[edit]

Männerherzen
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released 2009
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop rock

The film score and the soundtrack album for Men in the City was produced by Simon Verhoeven and was released on 9 October 2009 through Universal Music.[1] Verhoeven wrote and recorded the album together with the lead singer of the band Marshmellow Club, Rufus Martin.[1] Simon Verhoeven and Wolfgang Hammerschmid were responsible for the film score's composition and orchestration that involved about twenty musicians.[1]

The main theme song, "Wonderful", was written by British pop rock singer and songwriter Gary Go in January 2009 and released on 16 February 2009, as the first and debut single from his self-titled debut studio album. The single reached the Top 40 of the British,[2] German and Austrian music charts. Its music video was filmed on a Berlin rooftop and includes scenes from the film. Go also contributed to the song "Berlin" with a reinterpretation of his song "Brooklyn", featured on his debut album. BRIT Award-winning English singer-songwriter and guitarist James Morrison wrote and composed the song "Watch and Wait".[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Performer Length
1. "Wonderful"   Gary Baker Gary Go  
2. "This Feeling"   Simon Verhoeven, Wolfgang Hammerschmid, Rufus Martin Marshmellow Club  
3. "If You'll Be Mine" (originally from the 1998 album There's Something Going On) Stephen Jones Babybird  
4. "In the City"   Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin Marshmellow Club  
5. "North Bergin Avenue (Intro)"   Verhoeven, Hammerschmid Simon Verhoeven, Wolfgang Hammerschmid  
6. "North Bergin Avenue"   Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin Marshmellow Club  
7. "Get Sexy"   Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars, Fred Fairbrass, Richard Fairbrass, Rob Manzoli Sugababes  
8. "Choking on a Marshmallow"   Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin Marshmellow Club  
9. "Berlin"   Gary Bajer Gary Go  
10. "Watch and Wait"   James Morrison James Morrison  
11. "Don't Wanna Feel This Way"   Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin Marshmellow Club  
12. "Love Theme"   Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin Marshmellow Club  
13. "The Good Old Days" (originally from the 2003 album Shootenanny!) E Eels  
14. "Down in History"   Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin Marshmellow Club  
15. "Stars in Your Head"     Jerome Isma-Ae  
16. "Choking on a Marshmallow (Original Version)"   Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin Marshmellow Club  
17. "Tat Twam Asi"     Beathotel  
18. "I Need Music"   Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin Bruce Berger  
19. "Alle Kinder dieser Erde"   Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin Bruce Berger  
20. "Sag mir warum"   Verhoeven, Hammerschmid, Martin Bruce Berger  
21. "Tommy's Theme"   Verhoeven, Hammerschmid Simon Verhoeven, Wolfgang Hammerschmid  
22. "Nik's Return"   Verhoeven, Hammerschmid Simon Verhoeven, Wolfgang Hammerschmid  
23. "Roland's Destiny"   Verhoeven, Hammerschmid Simon Verhoeven, Wolfgang Hammerschmid  

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Musik" [Music] (in German). SimonVerhoeven.com. 2010-11-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Gary Go". 
  3. ^ "Chartverfolgung (Männerherzen OST)". Hung Medien. AustrianCharts.at. 
  4. ^ "Chartverfolgung (Wonderful)". Hung Medien. AustrianCharts.at. 
  5. ^ a b "Gary Go - Wonderful". lescharts.com. 
  6. ^ "Charts Surfer - UK, German and French charts". charts-surfer.de. 

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