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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:
August Diehl ... Karl Koch
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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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 »

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Late '90s cars parked in the street in scenes set in the '80s. 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 The Number 23 (2007) See more »

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Mathar
Written by Volker Kriegel
Performed by Volker Kriegel
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I felt 15 years younger
6 December 1999 | by latzin.kramSee all my reviews

I watched this movie because some articles made me curious ... the film is very thrilling and full of sophisticated humor. i felt 15 years younger, it was like leafing through a diary. I was born in 1964 so the time of Karl Koch's youth was the time of my youth, too. I have, however, never been a hacker. I think it was the first scene: Karl Koch takes his key and walks to his car, "accompanied" by "Child In Time". From that beginning I was in the film and I loved it. I also love "mathematic tricks" and "mathematic obsessions", just like Karl Koch. If the Americans would have made this film there would have been a love story and maybe also a happy-end. 23 is a great European film.


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