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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 ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Karl Koch
Fabian Busch ... David
Dieter Landuris ... Pepe
Jan-Gregor Kremp ... Lupo
... Maiwald
... Sergej
Peter Fitz ... Brückner
... Weber
Lilly Marie Tschörtner ... Beate (as Lilly Tschörtner)
Patrick Joswig ... Alex
Arnulf Schumacher ... Seybert
Sven Lehmann ... Computerverkäufer
Oscar Ortega Sánchez ... Mr. Minit
Brigitte Janner ... Sekretärin
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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The other side of the story (the hunter's) is told in the movie The KGB, the Computer and Me (1990) See more »

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Late '90s cars parked in the street in scenes set in the '80s. 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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It's indeed a great movie
17 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I think this is a great movie. It's focus is on the *person* Karl Koch, how he became the character he was in the end, and definitely not another "Hacker"-like movie or a story about the so-called "KGB-Hack" and how his group was finally busted. What makes this movie different from e.g. X-Files is that it is realistic; everyone can easily reconstruct how Karl Koch came to believe in the conspiracy-theories based on the "Illuminatus"-books - A believe that was increasingly strengthened by his ever increasing cocaine addiction. This is also a movie about friendship, false friends, and how friendship and trust are sacrificed to money and addiction.


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