Where Is Fred?

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Where Is Fred?
Directed by Anno Saul
Produced by Philip Voges
Eberhard Junkersdorf
Written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio
Bora Dağtekin
Starring Til Schweiger
Alexandra Maria Lara
Jürgen Vogel
Christoph Maria Herbst
Music by Marcel Barsotti
Cinematography Peter Nix
Edited by Tobias Haas
Distributed by Senator Film
Release date
November 16, 2006 (2006-11-16)
Running time
111 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

Where Is Fred? (German: Wo ist Fred?), also credited as Where Is Fred!?, is a 2006 German film directed by Anno Saul, and produced by Philip Voges and Eberhard Junkersdorf. Written by Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul and Bora Dağtekin, it stars Til Schweiger, Alexandra Maria Lara, Jürgen Vogel and Christoph Maria Herbst.

Plot summary[edit]

Fred plans to marry his girlfriend Mara, and he proposes her at the sold–out basketball match. Instead of accepting, Mara puts that decision on her spoiled son, Linus. In order to get Linus to like him, Fred decides to give him a basketball from the Linus' favourite team. He poses as a wheelchair–bound fan so that he could get it. But when he catches the ball, he also catches the attention of young, attractive filmmaker Denise, who wants to feature an invalid fan in an image film for the team. Fred has to keep playing his role, while real invalid and really furious fan Ronny might call his bluff at any moment.

Cast[edit]

Other releases[edit]

Where Is Fred? was released on DVD on 14 May 2007, and on Blu-ray on 21 January 2011.[1] The soundtrack album was released on 17 November 2006 through the Polystar Records.[2]

Soundtrack listing[edit]

Where Is Fred?
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released 17 November 2006
Genre Pop, rock, funk, soul, classical
Label Polystar
  1. Bob Geldof — "Room 19 (Sha La La La Lee)"
  2. Bass]— "Playing Games Remix"
  3. Mr. Scruff — "Spandex Man"
  4. Absynthe Minded — "Pretty Horny Flow Full"
  5. Swinging Girls — "Lass Dich Mit Musik Verwöhnen"
  6. Giuseppe Verdi — "Il Trovatore: Anvil Chorus (Act II)"
  7. Orson — "No Tomorrow"
  8. New Found Glory — "I Don't Wanna Know"
  9. Paris — "Freedom"
  10. James Brown — "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine"
  11. Timid Tiger — "Miss Murray"
  12. Siebeth feat. Miss Jessica — "3 Minutes"
  13. Snow Patrol — "Chasing Cars"

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Where Is Fred? received mixed to negative reviews. Prisma-Online.de described the film as "flat, childish, annoying and stupid".[3] The Lexicon of International Films named it as "the mix of desolate confusion, outrageous script and irritating stereotype".[4] However, F. M. Hemke of Filmszene.de wrote that Where Is Fred? was a "really funny and entertaining film, a successful firework of situation comedy, despite a lame start", and gave the film seven out of ten points.[5] Matthew Englander of Live Journal gave the film rather mixed review, writing, "have to admit that parts of it were quite funny but overall it went on too long".[6] Marcus Kleine Filmseit called the film "politically incorrect", but praised the performance of Christoph Maria Herbst.[7] Claudia Wente also praised the performance of Jürgen Vogel and wrote that he "played with convincing ease".[8]

Accolades[edit]

Tanja Wenzel won Undine Award for Best Young Comedian for her performance,[9] while Til Schweiger won Jupiter Award for Best German Actor.

Release dates[edit]

Country Release date Title Notes
Germany Germany 16 November 2006 Wo ist Fred?
Austria Austria 17 November 2006 Wo ist Fred?
Hungary Hungary 3 July 2007 Hol van Fred? Straight-to-DVD
Russia Russia 12 July 2007 На колёсах
Ukraine Ukraine 12 July 2007 На колесах
Argentina Argentina 16 September 2007 Dónde está Fred?
Canada Canada 25 November 2007 Where Is Fred!? Ottawa European Union Film Festival
Canada Canada 2 December 2007 Where Is Fred!? Vancouver European Union Film Festival
South Korea South Korea 10 July 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wo ist Fred!?". Filmportal.de (in German). Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Wo Ist Fred? [Soundtrack]". Amazon.de (in German). Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Wo ist Fred?". Prisma-Online.de (in German). 16 November 2006. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Wo ist Fred?". Lexicon of International Films (in German). 17 November 2006. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  5. ^ F. M. Hemke (16 November 2011). "Wo ist Fred?". Filmszene.de (in German). Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Matthew Englander (5 December 2007). "Wo Ist Fred?". Live Journal. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Zuletzt gesehen - Wo ist Fred!?". Marcus Kleine Filmseit (in German). 13 November 2006. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Claudia Wente (16 November 2006). "Wo ist Fred?". Critic.de (in German). Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Awards for 'Where Is Fred?'". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 

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