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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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Storyline

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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Nichts ist so wie es scheint. See more »

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Thriller | Drama

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English | Russian

Release Date:

14 January 1999 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

23 - Nichts ist so wie es scheint See more »

Filming Locations:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 BKA (Bundeskriminalamt) is located in Wiesbaden, not in Köln (Cologne) as mentioned in the movie. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Traceroute (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Eighties
Written by Paul Ferguson (as Ferguson), Jaz Coleman (as Coleman), Kevin W. Walker (as Walker) and Paul Raven (as Raven)
Performed by Killing Joke
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Awesome.
24 January 1999 | by Morn-3See all my reviews

What an awesome year the German movie scene has been having! And "23" was part of it... definitely one of the coolest (yet most serious) German movies in the last couple of years. While it still sacrifices some realism for the sake of suspense, it's probably one of the most realistic "hacker movies" ever made. I grew up with the same computing stuff Karl Koch uses in the movie, so I loved it. Yay!


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