Eight Miles High! (2008)



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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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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.

Full Review… | August 21, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

August 21, 2008
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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Has little to offer beyond titillation and pretty landscapes.

Full Review… | July 15, 2008
New York Post
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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

Full Review… | July 11, 2008
New York Times
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Notwithstanding the occasional unintended guffaw, Obermaier's fabulous life is resoundingly unexciting.

July 10, 2008
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Eight Miles High!

I very much enjoyed this movie. And, it wasn't because I got to see a stunningly beautiful woman naked for extended periods. It was a fun, uninhibited ride of a movie that is no longer seen in American movies (I’m sick of American movies always trying to drive home some point – please just entertain me and get off your high horses). If you are looking for deep meaning or characterization, you'll be disappointed. There was only one point this movie made, and it made it well – free-living freedom can easily become loneliness.

Stephen Wilhelm
Stephen Wilhelm

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.
Walter M.

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Took me 3 start-and-stops to finish this. And I'm home sick and bed so its not really like I had anything else to do... I'm not sure what this movie set out to accomplish. If it was indeed written with the help of the real Uschi based on her experiences; she doesnt paint a very good picture of herself. She's basically manipulative and uses her beauty to get what she wants. And then her big moment in the end when she realizes she's alone, she feels she wouldn't have done anything different. Well, fine - I wont weep for you. The movie just sort of drags along, nude scene after nude scene, Natalia Avelon's breasts must be in every scene. I felt I should have been seeing a Russ Meyer flick. But then again a Russ Meyer movie would have been FUN. I'll also never begin to understand how women think Keith and Mick are hot so that alone is a turnoff.

Julio Soto
Julio Soto

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