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1. April 2000 (1952)

It is the year 2000 and the World Global Union is in charge, although other countries are allowed to elect their own government leaders, as long as they support the Union. When Austria's ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilde Krahl ...
President of the Global Union
Josef Meinrad ...
Prime Minister of Austria
Waltraut Haas ...
Judith Holzmeister ...
Ina Equiquiza
Elisabeth Stemberger ...
Ulrich Bettac ...
Moderator Robinson
Karl Ehmann ...
Cabinet Chief
Peter Gerhard ...
Hieronymus Gallup
Capitano Herakles
Robert Michal ...
Wei Yao Chee
Heinz Moog ...
Guido Wieland ...
Alessandro Bibalini
Pepi Glöckner-Kramer


It is the year 2000 and the World Global Union is in charge, although other countries are allowed to elect their own government leaders, as long as they support the Union. When Austria's newly-elected president, played by Josef Meinrad, makes his inauguration speech he declares Austria independence and issues an edict ending Austria's financial support for the Global Union. The Golbal Union President, played by Hilde Krahl, arrives in a flying-saucer with her retinue of world-soldiers, equipped with death-ray guns, to put an end to the rebellion. The president and the country are put on trial. The Austrian president recounts the country's' long battle for peace, and shows how Austria stopped the invasion of the Turks, and gave the world the operetta and the waltz. He organizes a mass parade with flora floats and a brass band---what else?---playing the Austrian Freedom Song in order to appeal to the court's impartiality. A 1943 document signed by Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin and ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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19 November 1952 (Austria)  »

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April 1, 2000  »

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Not only a film, a demonstration
19 January 2000 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

1. April 2000 is a political science-fiction comedy, which was made to show the situation of Austria in the early fifties. At that time Austria was occupied by the four powers, USA, Great Britain, France and the Soviet-Union but had an own government. For 7 years this government had tried to become fully independent again. The film shows the situation of Austria and the world nearly 50 years later in a very humorous way. At our time its really funny how they thought at that time the world would be. The four powers were still ruling over Austria and the prime minister proclaimed independence. So the court was siting together over the whole country and the prime minister showed the history of the last thousand years. The actors playing in the film were the who is who of Austrian actors.

Austria got a state-contract two years later, so situation changed. Today the film is not only a film over the history of Austria it is a part of this history itself. Maybe something for April, 1st 2000

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