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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 ...
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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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The train station Karl and David arrive at and rent a car from afterwards is not "Fallingbostel" but in fact a small town called "Neustadt am Ruebenberge" a few kilometers south of Fallingbostel. 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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Best german movie for a long time
21 January 1999 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

"23" is one of the best german movies for a long time. It is based on the story of the life of Karl Koch (August Diehl: excellent) who was one of the best hackers of his time. 23 is the number of the Illuminators, the members of a worldwide secret society in the book "Illuminatus" by Robert Anton Wilson (who has a short guest appearance). On his high point of hacking Koch broke into the computers of US government arms control and delivered the data to the KGB. The film is a trip back to the 80's: The cold war, Olof Palme's assassination, Gadhaffi and Tschernobyl

  • most of the viewers will remember those things which dominated policy and


influenced the all day life. The film shows the development of Karl Koch from his teenage years to his death as a person destroyed by his cocaine abuse and the extreme pressure he experienced in the wheels of eatern/western policy. This is a very good movie with very good actors-don't miss it!


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