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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 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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Very good movie - with very misleading ads
10 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

An intriguing portrait of a young man drifting away from reality. And since that young man was a famous hacker with an unhealthy interest in conspiracies, the movie has got to be about conspiracies, right? Wrong. But that's exactly what the ads would like you to think. Very bad marketing for a very good movie. And beware: it can bring you to tears!! (Just thinking about that PDP in the rain makes me weep ... *sniff*)


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