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Release Date:
14 October 1973 (West Germany) See more »
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Plot:
Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality... See more »
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User Reviews:
Best movie I ever saw - why not on VHS, DVD? See more (19 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Klaus Löwitsch ... Fred Stiller
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

Ulli Lommel ... Rupp, Journalist
Adrian Hoven ... Professor Henry Vollmer (as Adrian Hooven)
Ivan Desny ... Günther Lause
Joachim Hansen ... Hans Edelkern
Kurt Raab ... Mark Holm
Margit Carstensen ... Maya Schmidt-Gentner
Ingrid Caven ... Uschi, secretary

Gottfried John ... Einstein
Rudolf Lenz ... Hartmann
Lilo Pempeit ... Data typist (as Lieselotte Eder)
Heinz Meier ... Von Weinlaub, secretary of state
Peter Chatel ... Hirse, secretary of state
Rainer Hauer ... Inspector Lehner
Ernst Küsters ... Bodyguard
El Hedi ben Salem ... Bodyguard (as Elhedi Ben Salem)
Karl Scheydt ... Inspector Stuhlfahrt
Solange Pradel ... Singer
Bruce Low ... Doctor
Elma Karlowa ... Keeper of Cafeteria
Maryse Dellanoy ... Waitress at cafe (as Maryse Dellannoy)
Werner Schroeter ... Party guest
Magdalena Montezuma ... Party guest

Christine Kaufmann ... Party guest
Rainer Langhans ... Rainer, waiter at party (as Rainer Langhanns)
Corinna Brocher ... Employee
Dora Karras-Frank ... Victim of assault on Stiller
Katrin Schaake ... Computer lab assistant
Peter Gauhe ... Informer
Christiane Maybach ... Lady at the bar
Walter Sedlmayr ... Janitor

Eddie Constantine ... Man in Rolls Royce
Rudolf Waldemar Brem ... Hospital orderly
Peter Kern ... Hospital orderly
Karsten Peters ... Guide at newspaper editors
Peter Moland ... Employee
Doris Mattes ... Employee
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wolfgang Hess ... Bodyguard / Man in Rolls Royce (voice) (uncredited)
Arnold Marquis ... Günther Lause (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder 
 
Writing credits
Daniel F. Galouye (novel "Simulacron-3")

Fritz Müller-Scherz (teleplay) and
Rainer Werner Fassbinder (teleplay)

Produced by
Peter Märthesheimer .... producer
Alexander Wesemann .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gottfried Hüngsberg 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus 
Ulrich Prinz 
 
Film Editing by
Ursula Elles 
Marie Anne Gerhardt 
 
Production Design by
Horst Giese 
Walter Koch 
Kurt Raab 
 
Costume Design by
Gabriele Pillon 
 
Makeup Department
Norbert Gerwin .... makeup artist
Rosemarie Schönartz .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Fred Ilgner .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Renate Leiffer .... assistant director
Fritz Müller-Scherz .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Hans Pampuch .... sound
Ernst Thomas .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Winfried Staschau .... video technician
 
Other crew
Hans D. Adenacker .... location manager
Marcel Mossotti .... location manager
Wolfgang von der Ruhr .... location manager (as Wolfgang v. d. Ruhr)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Welt am Draht" - West Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
205 min (2 parts) | USA:212 min
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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:
Crew or equipment visible: 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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Referenced in Nouvelle vague (1990)See more »
Soundtrack:
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27 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Best movie I ever saw - why not on VHS, DVD?, 25 October 2004
Author: Hans J. Thimm (hthimm@gmail.com) from Tirana, Albania

One of the best movies I ever saw - a classic "Matrix" movie. For many years, I have been trying to get it on VHS or DVD - to no avail. The German movie/TV industry still prefers to let valuable cultural contributions (and this is Fassbinder, after all!) rot away and collect dust in some archive rather than distribute it commercially (and make a lot of money with it if that is what stimulates them instead of the promotion of creative thinking). Though, the WDR once told me if I paid DM 200.00 to check the copyright (non-reimbursable), and then DM 8 per minute of copying, plus the cost for the materials, then they will consider preparing a (single!) copy for me. Some way to sell something! The same problem we have with many other TV movies or series like "So weit die Füße tragen", "Sonntagseltern", "Kellerkinder", and others. Excellent TV series - never to be heard of again. Germany, wake up!

UPDATE from March 2007: Last year, I finally could get a DVD copy from the "Mittschnittservice" of the WDR for about 50+ Euro. Great!

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