World on a Wire (1973)
"Welt am Draht" (original title)

TV Mini-Series  -   -  Crime | Sci-Fi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Löwitsch ...
Barbara Valentin ...
 Gloria Fromm
Mascha Rabben ...
 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
Kurt Raab ...
 Mark Holm
Margit Carstensen ...
 Maya Schmidt-Gentner
Ingrid Caven ...
 Uschi, secretary
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 Einstein
Rudolf Lenz ...
 Hartmann
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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 | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

14 October 1973 (West Germany)  »

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World on a Wire  »

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DEM 950,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Premiered on West German television as a two-part mini-series in 1973. The film was not seen again until sometime after 2000, when a single digital version began showing up on the Internet and was passed around by Fassbinder fans through file sharing communities. See more »

Goofs

When Stiller drops Eva off at her home and then goes in after her after a change of heart he goes into the living room looking for her, then he runs into the swimming pool area. As the camera pans to follow him around the pool you see the reflection of a camera man in the glass at the middle right of the screen. See more »

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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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Performed by Elvis Presley
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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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