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WW III: World War III (1998)

Der 3. Weltkrieg (original title)
This mock documentary uses archival footage, interviews and reports taken out of context and staged interviews to highlight a possible escalation into a nuclear war. In this feature, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Sichkin ... General Vladimir Soshkin
Christoph Gutknecht Christoph Gutknecht ... (voice)
Boris Lyoskin ... Yuri Rubanov (as Boris Leskin)
Hans Sievers Hans Sievers ... (voice)
Gunter Walch Gunter Walch ... General Karl Frohm
Klaus Schleiff Klaus Schleiff ... Colonel Wolfgang Hecker
Christopher Wynkoop ... Martin Jacobs
Wolfgang Kaven Wolfgang Kaven ... (voice)
Oliver Hohlfeld Oliver Hohlfeld ... Markus Lehmann
Sigrid Braun-Umbach Sigrid Braun-Umbach ... Franziska Brückner
Daniel Schorr Daniel Schorr ... Daniel Shorr (as Daniel Shorr)
Billa Christe Billa Christe
Justin Earl Justin Earl
Peter Gosling Peter Gosling
Günter Karl Günter Karl


This mock documentary uses archival footage, interviews and reports taken out of context and staged interviews to highlight a possible escalation into a nuclear war. In this feature, tension in East Germany, and an uprising triggered by a visit by Gorbachev sees a successful military coup taking place in the USSR. Western actions against brutal crack-downs on civilians involved increases tension between the sides, finally resulting in nuclear war. Written by Herman Rethuan

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1 December 1998 (Germany) See more »

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Immediately before the war begins, British, French and American troops were said to be pouring into Lower Saxony. The defense of Lower Saxony was entirely the responsibility of West German, British and Dutch forces until the reunification of Germany. French forces were concentrated in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, and American forces in Bavaria and Hesse. See more »


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1989 - The tension between East and West is at it's peak. The chance for a hot war is more realistic than ever before...
3 December 2002 | by lycka18See all my reviews

This fake documentary is both interesting and exciting. Who doesn't wonder how our world would look like today if the wall didn't come down in 1989? Would everything still be as it used to be? Or would the east march against the west?

The documentary sets off when the tension is at it's peak in 1989 shortly before the Berlin Wall came down. A man from East Berlin escapes over the wall into West Berlin - the eastern soldier on patrol has two choices: let him escape or try to shoot him. He decides himself for shooting him, which means that he has to shoot into the West. This is like the trigger for the whole conflict.

This documentary is well made, and in the typical interview and report style. It pictures our fear of that time, when we all were scared of a hot war between the two world powers. Sometimes the interviewed people can't hide a smile about the fake stuff they say, but this is barely noticeable. The background sticks closely to the true story until 1989 and the results were more than realistic at this time.

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