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World on a Wire 

Welt am Draht (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi | TV Mini-Series (1973)
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Complete series cast summary:
Klaus Löwitsch ...  Fred Stiller 2 episodes, 1973
Barbara Valentin ...  Gloria Fromm 2 episodes, 1973
Mascha Rabben ...  Eva Vollmer 2 episodes, 1973
Karl Heinz Vosgerau ...  Herbert Siskins 2 episodes, 1973
Wolfgang Schenck ...  Franz Hahn 2 episodes, 1973
Günter Lamprecht Günter Lamprecht ...  Fritz Walfang 2 episodes, 1973
Ulli Lommel ...  Rupp, Journalist 2 episodes, 1973
Adrian Hoven ...  Professor Henri Vollmer 2 episodes, 1973
Ivan Desny ...  Günther Lause 2 episodes, 1973
Joachim Hansen ...  Hans Edelkern 2 episodes, 1973
Kurt Raab ...  Mark Holm 2 episodes, 1973
Margit Carstensen ...  Maya Schmidt-Gentner 2 episodes, 1973
Ingrid Caven ...  Uschi, secretary 2 episodes, 1973
Gottfried John ...  Einstein 2 episodes, 1973
Rudolf Lenz Rudolf Lenz ...  Hartmann 2 episodes, 1973
Lilo Pempeit Lilo Pempeit ...  Data typist 2 episodes, 1973
Heinz Meier ...  Von Weinlaub, secretary of state 2 episodes, 1973
Peter Chatel ...  Hirse, secretary of state 2 episodes, 1973
Rainer Hauer Rainer Hauer ...  Inspector Stuhlfauth 2 episodes, 1973
Ernst Küsters Ernst Küsters ...  Bodyguard 2 episodes, 1973
El Hedi ben Salem ...  Bodyguard 2 episodes, 1973
Karl Scheydt ...  Inspector Lehner 2 episodes, 1973
Solange Pradel Solange Pradel ...  Singer 2 episodes, 1973
Bruce Low Bruce Low ...  Doctor 2 episodes, 1973
Elma Karlowa ...  Keeper of Cafeteria 2 episodes, 1973
Maryse Dellanoy Maryse Dellanoy ...  Waitress at cafe 2 episodes, 1973
Werner Schroeter ...  Party guest 2 episodes, 1973
Magdalena Montezuma ...  Party guest 2 episodes, 1973
Christine Kaufmann ...  Party guest 2 episodes, 1973
Rainer Langhans Rainer Langhans ...  Rainer, waiter at party 2 episodes, 1973
Corinna Brocher Corinna Brocher ...  Employee 2 episodes, 1973
Dora Karras-Frank Dora Karras-Frank ...  Victim of assault on Stiller 2 episodes, 1973
Katrin Schaake ...  Computer lab assistant 2 episodes, 1973
Peter Gauhe ...  Informer 2 episodes, 1973
Christiane Maybach ...  Lady at the bar 2 episodes, 1973
Walter Sedlmayr ...  Janitor 2 episodes, 1973
Eddie Constantine ...  Man in Rolls Royce 2 episodes, 1973
Rudolf Waldemar Brem ...  Hospital orderly 2 episodes, 1973
Peter Kern ...  Hospital orderly 2 episodes, 1973
Karsten Peters Karsten Peters ...  Guide at newspaper editors 2 episodes, 1973
Peter Moland Peter Moland ...  Employee 2 episodes, 1973
Doris Mattes Doris Mattes ...  Employee 2 episodes, 1973


Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His successor Dr. Fred Stiller experiences odd phenomena. A good friend, Guenther Lause, disappears in the middle of a conversation and a week later nobody has ever heard of him. And those fits of dizzyness - Stiller cannot believe himself to be fool. There has to be an explanation for all this. Could Simulacron have something to do with it? Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Crime | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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This series is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #598. See more »


One shot is fired at a car, yet three bullet holes are then seen in the windscreen (2hr 50m). See more »


Gloria Fromm: You're my type of man, well almost.
Fred Stiller: You're exactly my type of woman
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Featured in Fassbinder (2015) See more »


Kinderszenen Op. 15, No. 1 Von Fremden Ländern Und Menschen
Music by Robert Schumann
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Classy / Cheesy Early 70's Cyber-Sci-Fi with an Edge!
7 December 2011 | by elgarooSee all my reviews

HIGHLY recommended to fans of classy/cheesy 70's sci-fi, very early "cyberpunk", and vintage German film: the recently re-"discovered" and restored, creepy mind-bender "Welt am Draht" ("World on a Wire") originally shot on 16mm film and presented as a 2-part miniseries on West German television in 1973. while it's obviously quite long, starts out kinda slow, flounders at times in cheesy existentialism, has no special effects to speak of, and has been ripped off so much it almost seems clichéd at this point (the massively inferior 1999's "The Thirteenth Floor" was based on the same book, and similar concepts have cropped up in a variety of stories throughout sci-fi...) it was SO far ahead of its time that it still packs a lot of relevant futuristic cyber-bite, albeit with a VERY sweet, classy retro style. it's very much an "intellectual" James Bond in Alphaville, though with some "2001" flourishes of design and cinematography... maybe not the greatest of masterpieces, but such an influential and unique sci-fi classic, it really should be seen by any fan of the genres or style, especially for the first time in decades!

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14 October 1973 (West Germany) See more »

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DEM950,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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