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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Karl Koch
Fabian Busch ...
David
Dieter Landuris ...
Pepe
Jan-Gregor Kremp ...
Lupo
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Maiwald
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Sergej
Peter Fitz ...
Brückner
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Weber
Lilly Marie Tschörtner ...
Beate (as Lilly Tschörtner)
Patrick Joswig ...
Alex
Arnulf Schumacher ...
Seybert
Sven Lehmann ...
Computerverkäufer
Oscar Ortega Sánchez ...
Mr. Minit
Brigitte Janner ...
Sekretärin
Katrin Klein ...
Sekretärin
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The movie's plot is based on the true story of a group of young computer hackers from Hannover, Germany. In the late 1980s the orphaned Karl Koch invests his heritage in a flat and a home computer. At first he dials up to bulletin boards to discuss conspiracy theories inspired by his favorite novel, R.A. Wilson's "Illuminatus", but soon he and his friend David start breaking into government and military computers. Pepe, one of Karl's rather criminal acquaintances senses that there is money in computer cracking - he travels to east Berlin and tries to contact the KGB. Written by Armin Ortmann <armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de>

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The other side of the story (the hunter's) is told in the movie The KGB, the Computer and Me (1990) See more »

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When Pepe wants to call the transport company across from Karl's apartment, David gives him a six-digit telephone number from the phone directory, but you can only hear Pepe dialing four digits. See more »

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Karl Koch: We hacked into everything we could. We took files from colleges, corporations and libraries. It was really easy most of the time. People were not creative with their passwords. Some used "password" others their pets' or wife's name. We worked at night for cheaper phone rates. Our weeks had 6 days of 28 hours. Which caused problems
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Referenced in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) See more »

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The Passenger
Written by Iggy Pop (as Osterberg) and Ricky Gardiner (as Gardiner)
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trainspotting?
23 April 1999 | by (singapore) – See all my reviews

Saw this at our local film festival. Feels very heavily influenced in terms of style and presentation by Britain's Trainspotting - the main protagonist haircut, cachetic physique, overdose scenes, etc. Still, the lead can give Ewan McGregor a run for his money in the acting department. Of course, the story is completely different from Trainspotting.

Well constructed and developed story. One can feel the main character's escalating paranoid and eventual loss of control as circumstances and events got too big for him to handle. Was there really such a character in real life? Poor chap.


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