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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)
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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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In 2010, a new version, completely restored by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, made its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of Part 1 around the 7:10 mark as the camera does a long pull away from Professor Vollmer and Lause, a crewman's (possibly the camera operator) shoe can be seen reflected in the mirrored pedestal with the bust on top of it in the right hand bottom corner of the screen. See more »

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References Dishonored (1931) See more »

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Written by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
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Classy / Cheesy Early 70's Cyber-Sci-Fi with an Edge!
7 December 2011 | by (Baltimore, Maryland, USA) – See all my reviews

HIGHLY recommended to fans of classy/cheesy 70's sci-fi, very early "cyberpunk", and vintage German film: the recently re-"discovered" and restored, creepy mind-bender "Welt am Draht" ("World on a Wire") originally shot on 16mm film and presented as a 2-part miniseries on West German television in 1973. while it's obviously quite long, starts out kinda slow, flounders at times in cheesy existentialism, has no special effects to speak of, and has been ripped off so much it almost seems clichéd at this point (the massively inferior 1999's "The Thirteenth Floor" was based on the same book, and similar concepts have cropped up in a variety of stories throughout sci-fi...) it was SO far ahead of its time that it still packs a lot of relevant futuristic cyber-bite, albeit with a VERY sweet, classy retro style. it's very much an "intellectual" James Bond in Alphaville, though with some "2001" flourishes of design and cinematography... maybe not the greatest of masterpieces, but such an influential and unique sci-fi classic, it really should be seen by any fan of the genres or style, especially for the first time in decades!


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