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23 (1998)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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Jochen Maiwald
Zbigniew Zamachowski ...
Sergej
Peter Fitz ...
Brückner
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Weber (as Burghart Klaussner)
Lilly Marie Tschörtner ...
Beate (as Lilly Tschörtner)
Patrick Joswig ...
Alex
Arnulf Schumacher ...
Seybert
Sven Lehmann ...
Computerverkäufer / Computer Sales Agent
Oscar Ortega Sánchez ...
Mr. Minit
Brigitte Janner ...
Sekretärin / Secretary
Katrin Klein ...
Sekretärin / Secretary
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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 film is set at the end of the 1980s. In the film a Volkswagen Golf III can be seen, which was first sold in 1991. See more »

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Features Glücksrad (1987) See more »

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Written by Berry Gordy (as B. Gordy) and Janie Bradford (as Bradford)
Performed by The Flying Lizards (as Flying Lizards)
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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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