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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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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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Klaus Löwitsch ...  Fred Stiller unknown episodes
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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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Country:

West Germany

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German | English

Release Date:

14 October 1973 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

World on a Wire See more »

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Budget:

DEM950,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the second part of the film, the scene at Fred's cabin: When the camera moves surrounds the cabin, at one point the shadow of the camera is clearly projected on the wooden wall. See more »

Quotes

Gloria Fromm: 10,000 people. They're people, aren't they?
Fred Stiller: As you like. To us they're mere circuits. But to them... They live just like we do... build roads, listen to music, eat...
Gloria Fromm: And make love?
Fred Stiller: That, too. Make love, enjoy life, have kids.
Gloria Fromm: Exciting.
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Connections

References Destry Rides Again (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Kinderszenen Op. 15, No. 1 Von Fremden Ländern Und Menschen
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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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