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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hardenberg (as Burghart Klaussner)
Peer Martiny ...
Petra Zieser ...
Laura Schmidt ...
Tochter Laura
Sebastian Butz ...
Oliver Bröcker ...
Aggressiver Globalisierungsgegner
Knut Berger ...
Hanns Zischler ...
Claudio Caiolo ...
Bernhard Bettermann ...
Jules Chef
Sylvia Haider ...
Neureiche Frau 1
Claudia Jakobshagen ...
Neureiche Frau 2


Berlin student Jule is hoplessly indebted due to an accident she caused, uninsuredly hitting a rich businessman's limousine. Evicted from her flat she moves in with her boyfrend Peter and soon learns that Peter and his flatmate, Jan, are breaking into luxurious mansions at night. Instead of stealing or vandalizing, though, they carefully and ornately rearrange furniture and valulables and leave obscure messages. Jule convinces Jan, who has a crush on her, to pay a visit to the villa of her creditor. Written by Armin Ortmann {}

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, a scene of sexuality, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 November 2004 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Edukators  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The tagline in the English-language releases of the film, "Your days of plenty are numbered", is a direct translation of the film's original German title. See more »


When Jan, Jule, and Peter are having their first major discussion with Hardenberg at the cabin, Jan's cigarette is almost finished, but half-way through the scene he suddenly has a full cigarette again between cuts. See more »


Hardenberg: I admit that some of what you say is true, but I'm the wrong person to be blamed for. Yes, I've been playing the game but I didn't make up the rules.
Peter: It's not who invented the gun, man. It's who pulls the trigger.
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Crazy Credits

There is an additional take after the credits related to the last project of the three protagonists. See more »


Referenced in Free Rainer (2007) See more »


Written by Leonard Cohen
Performed by Jeff Buckley
Published by Sony/ATV Music
Released by Sony
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there *are* good German/Austrian movies, yippee!
12 January 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I went to see the film completely unprepared, and I left the theatre rather euphoric. I liked the film because of the amiable story, the roughly-sketched but believable characters (even if we don't learn too much about their backgrounds) and the funny, witty dialog. And last but not least the surprise in the end -- until three minutes to the end I wouldn't have had an idea how to end a story like this.

The four main characters were cast exceptionally well, and the dialog -- whew! Yes, the kidnappers seem very naive (so does the manager, btw, in another way), and the words they use are heavy with cliché, but it's not a message of any kind that's new and interesting. It's what happens beyond words: I've rarely seen people in a movie talk and talk so much about convictions and ideology, but all the really important things happen inside them and without words.

So go and watch this film but don't jump on the political statements. Things might have some more layers here.

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