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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
August Diehl ... Karl Koch
Fabian Busch Fabian Busch ... David
Dieter Landuris Dieter Landuris ... Pepe
Jan-Gregor Kremp Jan-Gregor Kremp ... Lupo
Stephan Kampwirth ... Maiwald
Zbigniew Zamachowski ... Sergej
Peter Fitz Peter Fitz ... Brückner
Burghart Klaußner ... Weber
Lilly Marie Tschörtner Lilly Marie Tschörtner ... Beate (as Lilly Tschörtner)
Patrick Joswig Patrick Joswig ... Alex
Arnulf Schumacher Arnulf Schumacher ... Seybert
Sven Lehmann Sven Lehmann ... Computerverkäufer
Oscar Ortega Sánchez Oscar Ortega Sánchez ... Mr. Minit
Brigitte Janner Brigitte Janner ... Sekretärin
Katrin Klein Katrin Klein ... Sekretärin
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The movie's plot is based on the true story of a group of young computer hackers from Hannover, Germany. In the late 1980s the orphaned Karl Koch invests his inheritance in a flat and a home computer. At first he dials up to bulletin boards to discuss conspiracy theories inspired by his favorite novel, R.A. Wilson's "Illuminatus", but soon he and his friend David start breaking into government and military computers. Pepe, one of Karl's rather criminal acquaintances senses that there is money in computer cracking - he travels to east Berlin and tries to contact the KGB. Written by Armin Ortmann <armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de>

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Nothing is as it seems. See more »

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Country:

Germany

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German | English | Russian

Release Date:

14 January 1999 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

23 - Nichts ist so wie es scheint See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The other side of the story (the hunter's) is told in the movie The KGB, the Computer and Me (1990) See more »

Goofs

The train station Karl and David arrive at and rent a car from afterwards is not "Fallingbostel" but in fact a small town called "Neustadt am Ruebenberge" a few kilometers south of Fallingbostel. See more »

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Karl Koch: We hacked into everything we could. We took files from colleges, corporations and libraries. It was really easy most of the time. People were not creative with their passwords. Some used "password" others their pets' or wife's name. We worked at night for cheaper phone rates. Our weeks had 6 days of 28 hours. Which caused problems
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great ..... worth to watch I promise
8 January 2006 | by moritzbonn-1See all my reviews

In Fact, there are quiet many German movies which have brought the evidence to establish themselves as classics. In general these movies are dramas or comedies and very often they provide the viewer with historical informations of a certain time and area. However, what is often missing is suspense. Allhough German television is full of good crime stories and thrillers this Genre is hardly found in German cinema.

At least this is one reason why I like this movie so much. 23 allows to enter the mind of a burnt out, intelligent but unloved son, who tried to break out of his boring life by rebelling against his dominant father and the establishment of the mid 80th. Where as his protest uses to be more like coming out of a group behavior which is based on ideals his intention during the movie changes completely and ends up in a computer spy environment heavily connected with a continuous downward development of his mental and physical condition.

In one sentence: This movie is one of those that shouldn't end because you want to know more about everything,the whole thing, so deep you will place yourself into the plot and you don't want to leave it. 23 changed my life. Afterwards, I had another opinion about reality.

Check it out yourself, I extremely recommend this movies


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