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 ... See full summary »




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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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Shot on 16 millimeter film in about six weeks. See more »


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


Fred Stiller: What are the limits to the perceptive faculties of our identity units? Listen, suppose we were beings who had been programmed in a computer. We'd sit here, drinking whiskey. We'd perceive what is in fact our imaginary world as if it were the real one.
Fritz Walfang: Of course, an electronically simulated environment would appear real to the electronic being.
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References Dishonored (1931) See more »


Amara terra mia
Music: Domenico Modugno
Lyrics: Enrica Bonaccorti
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Best movie I ever saw - why not on VHS, DVD?
25 October 2004 | by Simurgh31See all my reviews

One of the best movies I ever saw - a classic "Matrix" movie. For many years, I have been trying to get it on VHS or DVD - to no avail. The German movie/TV industry still prefers to let valuable cultural contributions (and this is Fassbinder, after all!) rot away and collect dust in some archive rather than distribute it commercially (and make a lot of money with it if that is what stimulates them instead of the promotion of creative thinking). Though, the WDR once told me if I paid DM 200.00 to check the copyright (non-reimbursable), and then DM 8 per minute of copying, plus the cost for the materials, then they will consider preparing a (single!) copy for me. Some way to sell something! The same problem we have with many other TV movies or series like "So weit die Füße tragen", "Sonntagseltern", "Kellerkinder", and others. Excellent TV series - never to be heard of again. Germany, wake up!

UPDATE from March 2007: Last year, I finally could get a DVD copy from the "Mittschnittservice" of the WDR for about 50+ Euro. Great!

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14 October 1973 (West Germany) See more »

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