Eight Miles High (film)

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Eight Miles High
Eight Miles High DVD cover.jpg
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Directed by Achim Bornhak
Produced by Ralph Brosche
Written by Dagmar Benke, Achim Bornhak, C. P. Hant, Olaf Kraemer
Starring Natalia Avelon
Cinematography Benjamin Dernbecher
Edited by Peter Przygodda
Warner Bros.
Release date
February 1, 2007
Running time
114 min.
Country Germany
Language German

Eight Miles High (original title: Das wilde Leben, lit. The Wild Life) is a German biographical motion picture, set in the 1960s and depicting the "wild life" of Uschi Obermaier, a West German groupie.

Film Synopsis[edit]

Obermaier enjoyed sexual freedom at the legendary Kommune 1 in Berlin after being with the krautrock band Bröselpilze. In the Kommune, she becomes friendly with Rainer Langhans. The young woman from Munich gains employment as a model, and becomes a sex symbol and youth icon. Now a cover girl in Playboy magazine, she meets rock stars such as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, while Italian film producer, Carlo Ponti, offers her a ten-year contract, but she declines: her freedom is more important than a contract.

During her intensive relationship with Keith Richards, she begins to recognize the dark side of the shiny glamour world she lives in: the isolation of the stars, and the groupie-populated milieux of anonymous hotel rooms — this is not her idea of life.

She finds new freedom in a relationship with the adventurer Dieter Bockhorn (David Scheller). They fall in love and go on a six-year road trip around the world. Later, Bockhorn dies in a motorcycle accident in Mexico.


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Filming locations[edit]

  • Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, and Bavaria in Germany
  • Goa, Jaipur, and Rajasthan in India


Ville Valo and Natalia Avelon recorded a cover version of the Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazlewood song Summer Wine for the soundtrack. A music video was also shot, featuring Valo and Avelon with the real Uschi Obermaier.

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