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The Edukators (2004)
"Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  25 November 2004 (Germany)
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Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home.


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Release Date:

25 November 2004 (Germany)  »

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The Edukators  »

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$393,664 (Germany) (10 December 2004)


$175,493 (USA) (14 October 2005)

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Jan: I've got news for you, Corporate Man: your days are numbered!
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References The Matrix (1999) See more »


Written by Bader, Rasch, Dehr, Gilkyson, Miller
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Great cast, plot, photography, and overall very inspiring.
9 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The cast is impressive. Daniel Bruhl once again shows that he can act. The plot attracts your entire attention as you live the experiences of these three kids in Berlin, and their quest to denounce the evils of capitalism. There's romance, jokes, great scenery and good music. At first it seemed to me this movie was the continuation of Good Bye Lenin (probably because of Daniel in Berlin?) Eitherway, It made me want to travel around Europe some more, learn German, and also think about my obsession with shopping and TV. Very inspiring. In a few words, this movie questions our understanding of happiness and success in a very entertaining way.

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