Eight Miles High!

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A Munich teen achieves worldwide fame as the embodiment of sexual freedom in the 1960s after romancing some of the biggest rock stars on the planet and rising to stardom as a successful supermodel in this biographical musical drama centering on the eventful life of Uschi Obermaier. Until she arrived at the legendary Berlin "Kommune 1," Obermaier (Natalia Avelon) was just your typical German teen. All of that would quickly change, however, as Obermaier entered into a heated affair with leader Rainer Langhans (Matthias Schweighofer), appeared on the covers of Playboy and Stern, and became an icon of the young generation. But even when offered the opportunity to become an international film star by Italian producer Carlo Ponti, Obermaier refuses to trade her freedom for fleeting fame. Later, after experiencing the darker side of fame during a relationship with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and realizing that she can no longer reconcile her outlook on life with living like a common groupie, the outspoken hippie nymph embarks on a quest to find eternal love with charismatic globe-trotter Dieter Bockhorn, the owner of Hamburg's red-light district.

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Cast

Natalia Avelon
as Uschi Obermaier
David Scheller
as Dieter Bockhorn
Matthias Schweighöfer
as Rainer Langhans
Alexander Scheer
as Keith Richards
Victor Noren
as Mick Jagger
Milan Peschel
as Freiberg
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Critic Reviews for Eight Miles High!

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8)

  • It has few human insights, and those of the most obvious kind. But it is not boring. That goes for something.

    Aug 22, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The attractive but bird-brained German biopic Eight Miles High brings up the question of tone, and it never comes close to answering it. The film's tone is utterly indistinct, beyond fatuous adoration of its subject.

    Aug 21, 2008 | Rating: 2/4
  • Eight Miles High, based on the memoirs of Uschi Obermaier, wants to be both a tangy piece of Eurosleaze and an overview of one woman's transformations from the heady days of the 1960s onward.

    Jul 25, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Has little to offer beyond titillation and pretty landscapes.

    Jul 16, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Like most flower-power nostalgia trips, Eight Miles High has the irksome effect of reminding the audience " whether too young or too square " that it missed out on the grooviest moment in history, man. But as these things go, this one goes with

    Jul 11, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Notwithstanding the occasional unintended guffaw, Obermaier's fabulous life is resoundingly unexciting.

    Jul 10, 2008 | Rating: D

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Audience Reviews for Eight Miles High!

  • Nov 19, 2009
    It was really interesting to watch the unspeakable Uschi?s Obermaier life. (played mostly without clothing by Natalia Avelon, an actress who is lovely and pouty but otherwise not particularity good). After running away from her native Bavarian small town at sixteen, she has got introduced to sexual freedom at the legendary Kommune 1 in Berlin through a Krautrockband named Amon Düül. In the Kommune she becomes friendly with Rainer Langhans. The young woman from Munich quickly transforms into a model, and from there rises to be a sex symbol and a youth icon: a cover girl of Playboy magazine, rockstars like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are at her feet, and even the Italian film producer Carlo Ponti tries to get her to sign a ten-year contract with her but she declines. Her freedom is more important than a contract. During her intensive relationship with Keith Richards, she suddenly starts to recognize the dark side of the shiny glamour world she lives in. The isolation of the stars, and the groupie-existence in anonymous hotel rooms ? they don't get along well with her idea of life. She finds new freedom in a relationship with the adventurer Dieter Bockhorn (David Scheller). They fall in love and start a six-year road trip round the world...... Achim Bornhak recreates her travels from Munich and Berlin on to London, New York and Rome and thence, partnered with the brash adventurer Dieter into the hippie wonderlands of Pakistan, India and Mexico. Like most all nostalgia trips, ?Eight Miles High? has the irksome effect of reminding the audience (especially to young one) that it missed out on the grooviest moment in people history. I had imagined about this period of time many times and it was very exciting for me watch a movie for a generation that try to free themselves restrictions, choose their own way, and find new meaning in life. Through a great music the movie gives a little smell of 60?s and opens a window to revolutionary youth whose had believed that it should be possible to change the world. I know that the critics are not very ?kind? with this film but it is an entertainment movie much better than many American?s blockbusters. In this movie there is the song "SUMMER WINE " Ville Valo & Natalia Avelon which is arrengement form original 1967 with the Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood... <object width="340" height="285"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/r3q2bu7zTJY&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b&border=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/r3q2bu7zTJY&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b&border=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="340" height="285"></embed></object>
    Arianeta L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2009
    In "Eight Miles High," Uschi Obermaier(Natalia Avelon) is discovered at a disco in Munich by a photographer in 1968. Her mother(Petra Berndt) is absolutely apoplectic when she finds the nude photos as she is worried what the neighbors will think. Uschi takes the opportunity to hit the road with her friend Sabine(Friederike Kempter) to Berlin where Commune1 is located. Sabine soon leaves but Uschi hooks up with Rainer(Matthias Schweighofer) to practice free love which makes it kind of hard for anybody to get any sleep. Things are rocky until somebody is stupid enough to make a bomb and the police show up.(Just a quick reminder. The guy at the meeting who wants to blow everyone up is always a cop.) Uschi and Rainer emerge from the mess unscathed and are invited to hang out with the Rolling Stones. Freely adapted from Uschi Obermaier's life story, "Eight Miles High" is not a good example of a biopic since Uschi is something of a historical footnote(a great looking footnote but still...) as a model and occasional actress who is probably of more interest to people in her native Germany. Since time immemorial, young people have wanted to escape their drab surroundings to have adventures and Uschi is no different. The movie does an admirable job of capturing her world, not condescending to the anarchists, while portraying her as a driving force that while challenging societal norms could be just as disruptive towards her friends and lovers. I'm just amazed the Rolling Stones survived her being with them.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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