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The Edukators (2004)

Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei (original title)
Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home.

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Jan
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Hardenberg (as Burghart Klaussner)
Peer Martiny ...
Petra Zieser ...
Laura Schmidt ...
Tochter Laura
Sebastian Butz ...
Sohn
Oliver Bröcker ...
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Knut Berger ...
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Vermieter
Claudio Caiolo ...
Paolo
Bernhard Bettermann ...
Jules Chef
Sylvia Haider ...
Neureiche Frau 1
Claudia Jakobshagen ...
Neureiche Frau 2
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Storyline

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 {armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de}

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

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25 November 2004 (Germany)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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 »

Goofs

On the first night at the cabin, Peter puts a dark green blanket over Hardenberg. In the morning, when they all wake, Hardenberg is covered with a completely different blanket. See more »

Quotes

Jan: Fear is a powerful drug when you learn to use it.
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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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