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World on a Wire (1973)

Welt am Draht (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 14 October 1973
Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His ... See full summary »

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Gloria Fromm
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Eva Vollmer
Karl Heinz Vosgerau ...
Herbert Siskins (as Karl-Heinz Vosgerau)
Wolfgang Schenck ...
Franz Hahn
Günter Lamprecht ...
Fritz Walfang
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Rupp, Journalist
Adrian Hoven ...
Professor Henry Vollmer (as Adrian Hooven)
Ivan Desny ...
Günther Lause
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Hans Edelkern
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Mark Holm
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Maya Schmidt-Gentner
Ingrid Caven ...
Uschi, secretary
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Einstein
Rudolf Lenz ...
Hartmann
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Storyline

Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His successor Dr. Fred Stiller experiences odd phenomena. A good friend, Guenther Lause, disappears in the middle of a conversation and a week later nobody has ever heard of him. And those fits of dizzyness - Stiller cannot believe himself to be fool. There has to be an explanation for all this. Could Simulacron have something to do with it? Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Crime | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

14 October 1973 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

World on a Wire  »

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Budget:

DEM 950,000 (estimated)
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(2 parts)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Hanna Schygulla was offered the role of Eva Vollmer but she declined. See more »

Goofs

In the second part of the film, the scene at Fred's cabin: When the camera moves surrounds the cabin, at one point the shadow of the camera is clearly projected on the wooden wall. See more »

Connections

References Alphaville (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Olé Guapa
Music: Aari Maasland Malando
Performed by Alfred Hause and His Orchestra
(P) 1960 Polydor
Courtesy Universal Music Domestic Division
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Welt am Draht changed the way i perceive the world
20 March 2001 | by (Cheongju, Korea) – See all my reviews

I saw Welt am Draht in German TV when it was broadcast first, sometime 1973 or 74 i guess. I was nine or ten years old then, and it left a tremendous impression on me -- World On Wires is definitely one of my Myths of Childhood.

The two or three parts were aired again two or three times, the last time i watched it must have been in the eighties. I recorded them, but, very unfortunately, somehow these tapes got lost in the eddies of reality. It is hard to impossible to find Welt am Draht anywhere these days, which is really sad.

Welt am Draht changed the way i perceive the world. It is its credibility, the haunting story, the atmosphere of Germany in the early seventies, the actors, everything. It was very up to date then, and i think it is very much so now. We used to watch a lot of SF on TV, and I remember several serials that were in atmosphere and outlook so close to RWF's Welt, it has almost all melted into a kind of emotion, some sort of dim remembrance of future.


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