Carnapping Film Details
Overview: An ordinary law-abiding man finds himself in straitened circumstances, and decides to pass himself off as a Baron, adopting the life-style of the rich. He is very successful at dealing in stolen luxury cars.
Tagline: 40 Porsches in Paris
Review: “Car-Napping – Bestellt, geklaut, geliefert” or “Escapade” or just “Carnapping” is a West German movie from 1980, so it had its 35th anniversary last year. The director and one of the two writers is Wigbert Wicker and he was somewhat successful with his works from the 1970s and especially 1980s. The title already gives away that this is a film in which cars play a major role. And this is also why I believe that you have to be interested in motor vehicles, or probably even better really love them in order to appreciate this movie from over three decades ago. I am neither and this may be one reason why I was genuinely bored watching this. The plot was only interesting for half an hour to me and all the characters in here seemed so bland and uninteresting that I just never managed to develop an interest in the story or its protagonists. It probably also did not help that I did not know any of the actors and couldn’t recognize any familiar faces in here. Very unknown cast and I think I have only heard of Desny before oh yeah and Hoven of course. I have to say that I was pretty glad this film did not make it until the 90-minute mark as it dragged so much and had many lengths that i actually wished it could have been 60 minutes only. So yeah, I only recommend this to people who love the 1980s, who love German cinema and who really love cars. Guess there aren’t really that many left where all this fits. I myself must say I am glad that car-themed films these days aren’t frequent anymore compared to the 1970s, 1980s and also early 1990s still. For this one here, 4 out of 10 is still a pretty generous rating in my opinion. Major thumbs-down.
Country: West Germany
Language: German, French, English
Duration: 89 min
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Also known as: Car-Napping – Bestellt, geklaut, geliefert,Le cerveau du super-gang,Carnapping,Listeia aftokiniton,Ladrões de Automóveis,Escapade,Les bolides s’envolent,La operacion