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Release Date:
10 June 2004 (Germany) See more »
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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fantastic, not just for tour junkies See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order)
Erik Zabel ... Himself
Rolf Aldag ... Himself
Andreas Klöden ... Himself
Alexander Vinokurov ... Himself
Steve Zampieri ... Himself
Dieter Ruthenberg ... Himself (as 'Eule' Dieter Ruthenberg)
Mario Kummer ... Himself
Serge Laget ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lance Armstrong ... Himself (uncredited)
Santiago Botero ... Himself (uncredited)
Baden Cooke ... Himself (uncredited)
Jan Ullrich ... Himself (uncredited)
Richard Virenque ... Himself (uncredited)
Herbert Watterott ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Pepe Danquart 
Werner Schweizer (co-director) (as Werner 'Swiss' Schweizer)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pepe Danquart 

Produced by
Hans Robert Eisenhauer .... producer: Arte
Jutta Krug .... producer: WDR
Wolfgang Landgraeber .... producer
Mirjam Quinte .... producer
Paul Riniker .... producer: SF DRS
Werner Schmitz .... line producer
Claudia Schröder .... co-producer
Werner Schweizer .... co-producer (as Werner 'Swiss' Schweizer)
Original Music by
Josef Bach 
Till Brönner 
Arne Schumann 
Cinematography by
Michael Hammon 
Wolfgang Thaler 
Filip Zumbrunn 
Film Editing by
Mona Bräuer 
Sergej Range 
Production Management
Beatrice Hallenbarter .... production manager
Joelle Saba Suys .... unit manager
Art Department
Laurence James .... color finishing
Micha Seger .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Stephan Liepe .... foley recordist
Erik Mischijew .... sound designer
Matz Müller .... sound designer
Thomas Neumann .... sound editor
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
Martin Steyer .... sound re-recording mixer
Christoph Ulbich .... foley editor
Wolfgang Widmer .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Juergen Kupka .... colourist
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Amann .... assistant camera
Attila Boa .... assistant camera
Ciro Cappellari .... video camera
Michael Glawogger .... video camera
Philipp Koller .... assistant camera
Gerd Krenkenberg .... camera archive
Editorial Department
Yvonne Steiner .... negative cutter
Philippe Marceau .... thanks: for Tour Eiffel
Fritz Pleitgen .... thanks: for Team Telekom
Gerard Porte .... thanks: for A.S.O. Amaury Sports Organisation
Michael Schmid-Ospach .... thanks: for Team Telekom

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Höllentour" - Germany (original title)
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Germany:120 min | Hong Kong:123 min | Argentina:123 min
Color | Black and White (archive footage)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Germany:o.Al. (f) | Singapore:NC-16 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Zurich)
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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
fantastic, not just for tour junkies, 24 June 2004
Author: mizalaska from germany

hoellentour, a documentary by Oscar-winning film maker pepe danquart on the 2003 tour de France, is documentary filming at its best.

the rave reviews the docu has gotten in each and every German newspaper are more than deserved. for tour de France junkies it will give new insights and spark memories of the memorable 2003 tour, for those who couldn't care less about road racing, the film will definitely still be entertaining and might spark interest in the sport.

the film has everything a good docu should have: great imagery and colouring, gentle observation of its subjects, fantastic music and timing. - and all that real life drama! that last time trial in the rain, when ullrich fell, could not have been "scripted" any better... life makes for the best stories, after all. it tells its story without any annoying voice-over by a commentator, all commentary you get is from the cyclists themselves.

erik zabel and rolf aldag are the center of the film. zabel, one of the most successful cyclists in the world

comes across as a natural, hard working, extremely funny, loyal guy. no attitude whatsoever. - considering that the 2003 tour must have been a humbling experience for him, crashing badly early on, no green jersey, losing sprints to petacci in the first half of the tour (before petacci quit at the first molehill), yet he still shows his true self in this docu. it's entertaining to observe his relationship with rolf aldag: they seem like a long married couple with appropriate loving bickering and well defined roles (who gets which bed, who has control over the remote). zabels happiness for aldag after winning the mountain jersey is totally genuine and loving. - one of the best moments of the docu, i'd say. in contrast to that winokurov seems hard to grasp, floating around in the team doing his thing (like, almost win the tour), without really any attachments to anyone. maybe it's just the language barrier, maybe the editing.

overall, it is amazing that pepe daquart got such intimate access to the entire telekom team. - he definitely made the most out of it.

he shows more though, than just the workings inside a team. danqart portrays the strangeness of the tour in its entirety (think "caravane"!), the glorious scenery, the fans camping out in the alps and following the tour around, the historians who deem it the greatest sport event ever, the journalists, the little villages transformed for a day for the occasion.

the racing scenes feel like music videos (in the best possible sense) with their electro-jazz soundtrack by till brönner and flowing camera movements and close ups of feet, legs, gear changes. the post race scenes are a stark contrast to that, totally quiet, zabel ponmdering the race or barely staying awake as legendary telekom physio "eule" massages his legs.

i'll definitely watch the movie again, buy it when it gets out. its a much better 2003 tdf souvenir than any video that just shows the race as you got to see it on the telly anyway. seriously great stuff.

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